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Know What It Means by CassidyPeterson Know What It Means by CassidyPeterson


Inspired by one of ~alaska-is-a-husky's stamps.

People assign all sorts of mental & emotional disorders to their OCs with no idea about what it means. Depression does take a back seat to partying. ADHD affects hobbies and emergencies just as severely as they affect homework. Eating disorders can have long-term effects that linger even after the disorder itself has been controlled. Obsessive-compulsives can have severe anxiety attacks if their "rules" aren't followed.

Unspecified disorders are fine, but if you're going to say it's a specific disorder, then the symptoms should be consistent.

On the other hand, hypochondriacs probably shouldn't research these things too thoroughly...

As with a few of my other stamps, yes, this is something I've been guilty of in the past as well. I now have considerably fewer characters with specific disorders. Partly because I keep convincing myself I have everything I research, partly because I'm just lazy as a writer.
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xNeonSwirl Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
durrrr this is my wolfaboo oc and it has ADHD HA SO FUNNY GUYS AM I RIGHT? DURRR XD BD XDDDDDDD
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kumapastrychef Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know what you mean, I always research those types of things.

I have a character, Angel/Steve. He has autism and I already know how that goes. He's twenty years old and he acts like a six year old (so adorable and sad) He loves to line up his toys and only stack his blocks. He's just the most endearing thing I swear. He also has sensory issues, so he can't feel much in his butt, but he feels everything in his back, his feet, and a few other places. He is not a picky eater though. He also refuses to wear pants because they don't feel good, so he wears skirts instead.
I know what I'm talking about. All seven people in my family have it. (Although it's not really a mental disorder, it was just a good example)
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The-Syreth-Clan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"HurDur mai OwSee has INsanity Disordr and is a Cereal Killer with sharp fangz (cause canniblism 2)."

I swear I'd unleash my fury at those guys as a form of an all-powerful right hook (that is kind of a regular right hook if we take my strenght lol).
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CassidyPeterson Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Relatively-normal-but-also-kinda-angry right hook
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SoundoftheWaves Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Artist
Thank you. Just...thank you 
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star3catcher Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Researching is the fun part, in my opinion. Or maybe I'm just nerdy like that.
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LPS100 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student General Artist
I made a character named Nicolas (earth pony) with Alien Hand Symdrome and I had to use Wikipedia and read the whole page to understand it :P
Althought I still have a doubt which is if it's possible for the Alien Hand Symdrome affect the whole arm (not even Wikipedia says if it can or can't, so, I'm stuck with this), I gace a story for him showing for he got it, the picture still on my sta.sh and his story still unfinish.

But, I honestly didn't know that people didn't searched for the disorders for they characters. I have a character named Ana (unicorn) with paranoia (schizophrenia) but, I offer keep frogewting it and I think I have to change to other disorder or symdrome since I think schizophrenia doesn't really fit to her kind of character...
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l-ova Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm attempting to make an autistic character.
My sister has autism so I basically have first hand experience.
I'm making the character have a similar name to hers (if I can) just because I luv my sister >w<
Good stamp! :D
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TheGrayTabby Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why would you even GIVE your character a mental disorder? Maybe if you want to raise awareness or something,but mental disorders aren't fun or cute or 'trendy' at all.
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LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I gave a character of mine anxiety disorder and psychosis to show that a person can have mental disorders and still be a functioning adult. In real life I have anxiety disorder, psychosis, Aspergers, ADD, and I've experienced depression. All of these are diagnosed by professionals. 
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TheGrayTabby Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly,and that is more of raising awareness. You're trying to show that people can still function with a mental disorder. The point I was trying to make(which at the time I didn't make exactly clear.) Is that it bothers me when people give their characters or OCs mental disorders because everyone else does,and it's 'cute'. 
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LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I see what you mean.
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:iconhelliswhereyoubelong:
Oh my God, thank you. Not to appear to seek attention, I have numerous disorders that falter my identity, and I have no control over them. Seeing people use them for their OC's isn't cool whatsoever, and it really pisses me off.
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TheGrayTabby Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No,thank you!

As do I,and people tell me how LUCKY and SPECIAL I am to have them!!!!
It isn't. I feel trapped all the time. I don't know why people want to be special in that sort of way.
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I know right.
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CassidyPeterson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist
I give my characters mental/physical disorders so that I've got something to actually write about besides how great life is for everyone :P
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TheGrayTabby Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a good reason,my friend gave her character autism because "everyone has it and it's trendy." That made me really mad!
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CassidyPeterson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist
:| And with good reason, too. It's like kids trying to say they have ADD when all they wanna do is blow off class.
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TheGrayTabby Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah.Kids are big egos nowadays.
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eevee03tv Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
schizophrenia... ah boy...
Fangirls often forget these traits :
  • Odd or irrational statements
  • Forgetful; unable to concentrate  
  • Strange use of words or way of speaking
  • Hostility
  • Inappropriate laughter or crying
  • Extreme reaction to criticism
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Djeur Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Schizophrenic people should be portrayed as less hostile. They're more likely to be victims of violence than actually being violent.
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eevee03tv Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Depends on the case... I guess.
Males with the condition are more lightly to be aggressive and females are more lightly to be victims.

''The patients in this sample showed a surprisingly high level of aggression: 52% verbal aggression in male patients (46% in females), 39% aggression against objects (25% in females), 23% against self (9% females) and 39% against other people (34% females) as measured by the OAS. Data on prevalence of aggression and violence in people with schizophrenia differ widely depending on definition and assessment ''
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VertoAtrum Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OCD isn't just washing your hands all the time, Schizophrenia isn't just seeing or hearing things, Bipolar isn't just having good and bad days, Tourette's isn't just swearing randomly, etc. Nobody who makes OC's seems to comprehend that these days.
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Wolf-Therian-Sadies Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This stamp! I agree!

I tend to only give my characters disorders from either personal experience or I have researched into it for other reasons.

But I think the funniest illness I have had some-one get wrong was jet lag.  They gave their character jet lag even though the plane trip was only a few hours.
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Zoruaofepic Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I needed a stamp like this.
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JeromeSaur Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was making a fanfic of a character having schizophrenia, because I was fascinated by the subject and did a lot of research on it. Some fangirls just....-_- the stupidity is unbelievable.
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WolfKomoki1 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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This is why I only make oc's with disorders I actually have, if I make one with a disorder of course.
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Black-Raven19 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have an Oc who is bipolar and another one who is schizophrenic. I only use the disorders in rp and some drawings, but it really does make me wonder why people give Oc's disorders. Very nice stamp though ^^
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Teleway Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
I have seen OCs with depression, schizophrenia, bipolarism, ADD, ADHD, and Stockholm syndrome all in one package and it it makes me wonder if they even KNOW what any of these are (Not to mention they have wings, horns, glitter, or some other junk).
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I bear nearly all of the disorders you listed, and I can tell you I know positively what their symptoms and definitions are. Except for Stockholm... Never was tested for that.

But I do agree. I hate how people don't research these things. They wouldn't want these disorders, believe me, so why use them for their OC's? It makes no sense.
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Teleway Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Yes...There's conditions that, even if they're common, people have little knowledge of. For example, I have had a VERY severe case of Scoliosis since I was shoot...11 I think. My spine twisted into a 90 degree angle and my ribcage detached and floated away from my spine and I was developing a bit of a hump...all this in a few months time. I had to wear a body brace (that I unaffectionetly called a corset because of the tightness) for my full 6th grade year and rather then ask me what happened, kids kept their distance and called me "Body Armor".

It's sickening to me how people will slap some physical or mental condition onto a character without any research about like what it'd do to the individual or to those surrounding the person with the physical or mental condition. We all have our burdens to bare and most of us usually aren't proud of em.
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:iconhelliswhereyoubelong:
Great point. 
And society, I swear..
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Teleway Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Ugh...I've seen people use scoliosis on their characters to "shrink" them and make them "cute". I would LOVE to slap them on the head for that.
Yeah. It needs a wake up call.
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:iconhelliswhereyoubelong:
The fuck..
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Teleway Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Yeah...there's some really naive/crazy/ignorant people out there.
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WildWithin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for making this!!! It's so annoying when someone makes an OC with a disorder, yet they display almost none of the symptoms of said disorder. -.-
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MaitreVoleur Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i understand this stamp in a way i got my...conditions. We i create my characters , in the past i didn't do much research but luckily i didn't say much. now i'm in research mode ^^ this stamp is NICE!
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AskPuffedFNAFCrew Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I have an oc who has major depressive disorder. I didn't plan it until I searched it up. That taught me to research any disorders my ocs have.
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imaginationqueen Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I do research on these things before I even start writing a story with a disease or disorder mentioned. I have ADD and it drives me bonkers when someone who is just forgetful claims to have ADD and they don't realize that it is not just some weird term for forgetfulness that it has to do with concentration and organization among other things.
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CassidyPeterson Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Yeah, I have ADD too, and it doesn't make me forget things - it sometimes makes me not notice being told to do things, but when I forget to do things, that's not ADD at all.
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imaginationqueen Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I forget things, but usually it's because I wasn't completely paying attention to begin with or it's just due to the fact that I'm naturally forgetful and would possibly forget my own head if it weren't attached. It has little to nothing to do with ADD it's just people don't understand ADD. You say AD/HD and they get it for the most part or they just think you're hyper and I am by no means hyper.
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RyogaOkumura Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ever since Death the Kid almost every OC has some sort of OCD now days :iconmingplz:
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CassidyPeterson Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist
My mom and I have what we call OCD-by-proxy. My little sister has mild OCD, and thanks to her constant complaining a few years back, my mom and I are now always noticing things that would annoy her :giggle:
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RyogaOkumura Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha :XD: I'm actually OCD with the weirdest things~ 
The TV volume has to be on a multiple of five or else I loose my mind :iconsoullaughplz:
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CassidyPeterson Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Oooh, I do the multiples of 5 thing, too. 
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RyogaOkumura Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, good to know I'm not alone :XD:
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Riverthunder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have a character with DiGeorge Syndrome. Even though most people probably have no idea what it is and could care less about it, I do research to make sure I describe my character accurately because she is my way of bringing awareness to DiGeorge Syndrome.
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CassidyPeterson Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Kudos for researching and representing an uncommon disorder! :nod:
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Riverthunder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. ^^ A friend of mine actually had it; that's why I gave it to a character. :3
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MantaTheMisukitty Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At the moment I'm developing a character that has autism. I don't know yet, what kind of specific autism it is, but I've started to read quite a lot about it. I especially wanna know more about the behavior and personality of autistic people :bucktooth:
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