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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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SoundoftheWaves Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Just...thank you 
star3catcher Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Researching is the fun part, in my opinion. Or maybe I'm just nerdy like that.
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 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...
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
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.
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.
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.
I know right.
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
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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