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Have you every been (wrongly) accused of being mentally ill?

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Have you every been (wrongly) accused as having a mental illness or personality disorder only because you're an INTJ? If yes, please describe your experience(s).

Personally, I have yet to be accused (at least to my face). Though I'm only fresh out of high school, so I have a life time ahead of me for the occurrence to arise...

I know I'm not psychopathic or sociopathic, because if I were, I wouldn't care enough to research what those entail and what the symptoms are.

Sometimes I wonder if I have Asperger's Syndrome or other Autism Spectrum disorder. However, I'm perfectly content with my life, so I have no reason to actually seek help (for what would I seek help?) and get diagnosed.

*Edit: Oops! I meant to post this in the General Psychology section!

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I haven't been accused of having a mental disorder (other than people calling me crazy for doing things they can't imagine themselves doing). I have been accused for being a sociopath and/or a narcissist. Usually by a girlfriend minutes before she becomes an ex girlfriend. It's disturbing to them that I don't flail about with my arms, yell, cry or wail when we're fighting. But I'm neither of these. My reaction comes later, when the immediate argument is over and the front door is slammed shut. That's when the pain and tears and guilt come.

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Hopefully a mod can move it for you to the Psych forum =)

I have been asked a couple of times if I have Asperger's. I did ask my therapist about it, she said she doesn't agree.

I am recovering from PTSD, but no one has ever picked up on that. Probably due to the fact I'm recovering and also very private (more so in person). I have also been accused of being OCD because I'm a "perfectionist" (according to others).

I just like to be efficient, get things done on time (or before the deadline), and do top quality work. If that makes me OCD, so be it! I can live with that.

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Mental illness or personality disorder?

Oops, another mistake... I often get those confused. For the sake of future repliers, let's go with both.

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I'm not entirely sure whether it was wrongly posited, but yes. Asperger's, narcissism, and sociopathy, on several occasions and with varying degrees of seriousness

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Hahahahaha. I just mentioned this to another poster a few days ago. Yes, yes I have. As a teenager, I had a difficult time getting along with my mother (INFJ), who was rather pessimistic about me and tended to be a bit overbearing. When we'd argue, she'd follow me if I tried walking away and continuously escalated things to the point where we'd be yelling. I would always try to take a deep breath and explain myself to her while she'd be telling me how wrong I was about something and how embarrassed/ashamed I should be. It was a huge vicious cycle that kept going until we were way angrier than we should have been. She became so overemotional that she called me mentally ill several times, which always made me angrier because I couldn't understand why becoming defensive when (quite literally, most of the time) cornered made me "disturbed."

Now she just jokingly suggests I have Asperger's because of my tendency to avoid eye contact. Apparently I remind her of one of her favorite students before she retired from teaching fourth grade when I do that, which is fine with me.

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What's not a mental illness or disorder in the DSM these days?

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What's not a mental illness or disorder in the DSM these days?

Living. Breathing. That's about it!

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BUAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAH

cough

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What's not a mental illness or disorder in the DSM these days?

Pfft, you wouldn't believe the shit I see people diagnosed with.

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One time a gym coach in high school called my mother and recommended I see someone because he thought I was mentally ill.

The reality was that I just engaged in bizarre behavior because I was bored and drunk.

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Have you every been (wrongly) accused of being mentally ill?

Nevery.

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Oh yes I almost forgot. My ex used to accuse me of being schizophrenic. It was basically rubbish. She had her own bouts of genuine, diagnosed illness. She had depression, anxiety, eating disorder, and I believe she was bipolar. Yikes!

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I think a lot of people underestimate their own judgment. If you have a mental illness, unless you don't mind lying to yourself, you'd be clearly aware of the problems.

So, unless there's an actual problem, I wouldn't consider a mental illness label.

Sometimes I wonder if I have Asperger's Syndrome or other Autism Spectrum disorder.

I do think many, maybe even most, people are slightly autistic; mostly people past ages 22~25 y/o.

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If you read the DSM criteria you will be convinced you have several disorders. This is true for everyone, yet most people must by definition be normal.

I do think many, maybe even most, people are slightly autistic; mostly people past ages 22~25 y/o.

The majority of the adult population is always normal, whatever that may be. In the country of the mad, it is the sane man who is considered mad.

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Have you every been (wrongly) accused as having a mental illness or personality disorder only because you're an INTJ? If yes, please describe your experience(s).

Personally, I have yet to be accused (at least to my face). Though I'm only fresh out of high school, so I have a life time ahead of me for the occurrence to arise...

I know I'm not psychopathic or sociopathic, because if I were, I wouldn't care enough to research what those entail and what the symptoms are.

Sometimes I wonder if I have Asperger's Syndrome or other Autism Spectrum disorder. However, I'm perfectly content with my life, so I have no reason to actually seek help (for what would I seek help?) and get diagnosed.

*Edit: Oops! I meant to post this in the General Psychology section!

Dude. I'm an ESFP, and I'm forever being "diagnosed" with sociopathic personality disorder (aka APD), including two particularly idiotic shrinks. Why? Not because I have APD (I'm not a killer ty very much. I'd like to keep my anus safe from Bubba) - but because *other* people feel the need to make value judgments on my actions.

It has nothing to do with you being INTJ - people just find armchair-diagnosing an easy way to express their own disapproval for another's behavior.

---------- Post added 08-12-2011 at 02:06 AM ----------

What's not a mental illness or disorder in the DSM these days?

IIRC, there's a "disorder" of being happy. The name was too ridiculous for me to remember tho.

And for schizoid pd, one of the criteria is "being introspective." Imagine that. No, don't imagine. Otherwise, you're schizo.

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I was at a restaurant with my family a few years ago, and our waiter was on her way to our table. Then, 2 friends saw me and came by and beat her to the table and she politely waited for the exchange of greetings to go by, blah blah blah, I said "talk to you guys later" or something since we needed to order our food from the waiting waiter (har-har-har). So they walked away and my Dad looked so shocked, and kept staring at me while I ordered. The next day, my dad got mad at me for being in my room most of the time and said "you're locked up in your room all the time, you hide from your friends, you're a real antisocial". I was more concerned about how the hell he came to the conclusion that I hide from my friends than about being labeled anti-social.

I'm definitely not a 'people person', but I'm not antisocial at all.

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My family thinks I have a moral deficiency since I was the first out of many generations (including cousins, cousins of cousins, etc.) to openly proclaim that I don't believe in their invisible sky man.

They think that I'm simply not confronting the "evidence" properly. Funny. I think the same in reverse.

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I don't know, been said to have ADP and NDP. Still figuring out if this is true, since a psychologist said it is the only reason I'm evaluating it's truth. Would have ignored it from anyone else.

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Have you every been (wrongly) accused as having a mental illness or personality disorder?

Only by myself.

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