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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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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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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  New member 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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