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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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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  Hobbyist General 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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candlin 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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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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