Are You Kidding Me?

So I started a blog to record my being in counseling (Yay! I'm finally in counseling! It's SO EXPENSIVE! I'm seeing my counselor AND a psychiatrist.) Anywho, I got a message judging me for being less crazy than there are. The post in question was posted on a good day, and was supposed to be lighthearted. Who does that? Oh! The person judging me is schizophrenic. I can tell because (s)he said they see dead people nailed to the wall when trying to sleep. Ummm...everyone is 'less crazy' than a schizophrenic!

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

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Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Well, it sounds like either a) they are struggling with that severe a mental issue, in which case I would suggest it's not entirely well thought out lashing out, and not assign too much weight to it, or b) it's a troll, in which case ban 'em and forget about it (or I suppose they could be both).

Could you lock your blog posts so they aren't shraed publically if you don't want others commenting on them? Or require registration to comment? (That doesn't always works, but it's one more roadblock to slow trolls, etc. down). Or screen comments?

The delete key is your friend.

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

the anonymous question feature. I thought it might be useful for those people who wanna share something they don't want others to know. I'm far too nice for the internet.

I like people leaving me comments on the whole. I rarely get them, and it's nice when I do get one...that's not spam.

Cheez-It's picture

So they judged your level of craziness, you judged their level of craziness and then everyone remembered that when you publish something publicly on the internet, you are issuing a world-wide invitation for strangers to judge you, what you write and pretty much anything about you.

If you don't want people to make judgemental comments on your blog, maybe you shouldn't have an online blog. I hear Microsoft makes a great offline program for writing and documentation.

Tigger's picture

Supplicant

But I was always told that if you can't say something nice, be quiet. I think that goes for writing comments, at least most of the time. Someone laid their life out, to try and help themselves. If you can't be supportive, don't bother commenting on the blog post. There are a lot of times where I have nothing to really add to a comment, but I WILL send that person a hug simply because they need it. I may not understand what they are going through, or why they think something is so bad, but THEY do. A blog should be a relatively safe space for people. I try not to leave a comment that I wouldn't actually say to someone's face. Hell, sometimes I'm meaner to a person IRL than I would be to them online, because they can SEE me and HEAR me.

This is not to say that I can't be a royal bitch at times. News articles bring out the worst in me - but those AREN'T safe places. They aren't intended to be. There's so much opinionated and ignorant misinformation that gets spread about that it makes me want to scream. Sometimes I do. I'm sure as hell not perfect. But would I go to someone's blog and crap in their living room? Not on your life.

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

don't take your bad day out on me. Go take your judgmental attitude somewhere else. Though I can't blame you. I seem to have started collecting anonymous comments from people who have nothing better to do than try and start conflict on the internet.

B. I didn't judge their level of 'craziness'. Do you know anything about schizophrenia? Schizophrenics experience auditory and visual hallucinations. In a nutshell they have trouble distinguishing real life from 'fantasy'. In comparison I'm bipolar II. I get too happy, too cranky, and depressed. Of course by comparison I'm not as 'crazy' as they are. As I said above everyone is less 'crazy' than they are.

C. Tigger hit it right on the nose.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

Pikachu42 wrote:

I didn't judge their level of 'craziness'. . . . by comparison I'm not as 'crazy' as they are. As I said above everyone is less 'crazy' than they are.

The second half looks like a judgment of a crazy-level. Might just be me, though.

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

it would seem that way. I honestly wasn't trying to judge that person. I was simply pointing out that we, while both mentally ill, suffer from two different ailments. It's foolish to try to compare the two when they are nothing at all alike. If you did compare it then you get this imbalance. They see/hear things that aren't there where as I am too happy/sad etc.

Tigger's picture

Supplicant

Some people are just...unhappy, and they can't stand it if others ARE. Or if one is less crazy than they are. People hear "I'm going to a psych and a counselor" and assume "hot damn that's seriously crazy right there" - and then when you actually talk about it, it's not as crazy as they built it up to be in their heads. It's about perception.

I know I've started putting up pwd protected posts on my blog that have to deal with my own brand of crazy, and only a few people have asked for the pwd, but I warned my readers ahead of time: if you're going to judge me, don't ask. If you ask, and then you judge, I will change the pwd and you won't be able to have it. I'm fairly certain there are some people who saw behind the curtain and were all "why is THIS protected? It's not that bad!" Well, no, maybe in their experience it's not. *I* have a child and I don't want anyone malicious being able to use the protected information against me to take him away or something. It's probably not as bad as *I* think it is, but I'm not taking that risk.

The delete/ban is your friend, indeed. If this person continues to behave in such a manner, let 'em know it's not acceptable and give them a warning. They violate that warning, make 'em be gone. You don't need the additional stress!

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

pwd protected posts. I'm using tumblr because I'm lazy and it's uber easy. The best I can do is remove the option for anonymously asked questions.

Tigger wrote:
*I* have a child and I don't want anyone malicious being able to use the protected information against me to take him away or something.

I know the feeling...kinda. I don't have a child, but I'm afraid that someone will have me committed. I'm terrified of this happening. However, I want to post. I want to meet random people like me and bond with them. Mrs. McMillan says it's because I want to feel 'normal' and like I'm not alone. I agree with her, but I still want to find people like me and bond with them.

Kreyopresny's picture

Petitioner

This is just a guess, but my first reaction is to remind you:
DON'T FEED THE TROLL!

It's entirely possible they are as crazy as they claim, but if they're throwing it in your face, it seems more likely to me, they're internet idiots looking to get a rise out of you by claiming to be this that or the other. Best thing you can do is ignore them.
Or figure out their IP address and get us all to ping them into DDOS, but that's not really our bag.

Either way, I hope you get what you need from your counselor. Hugs and good luck.

I believe in you.

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

Kreyopresny wrote:
Either way, I hope you get what you need from your counselor. Hugs and good luck.

I believe in you.

This is why I love you guys so much!

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