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How do you know what traits are mental illness and whats ones are personality?

LORD BURT

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They are traits of your personality. We all suffer from negative symptoms in everyday life - it is normal.

But sometimes the symptoms become overwhelming or chronic, and then we need help or to seek time out.
 
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Oh man, I think about this a lot... and you know what, I don't know if there's any proper answer to the question. I don't think anyone really knows. To me, if it's something that's affecting your life badly, then it's probably something you should look at and try to improve; so I'd class those things under 'illness'. It's a mind-fuck though, and, if you think about it too much, you'll start to think you're meant to be this way? Or I do. Best to just stick with the doctor's diagnoses in my opinion!
 
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I really dont know... im diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, which makes my self and life quite confusing. Ive thought about it alot lately and ive worked out that if i strip away all the lables i have (such as sister, friends, kind, loving, irritable, student etc) and look at what upsets me in the world, what i really value and believe in, and how i act and think when im at home- not wearing a mask.... then that is who i am. im still getting to know myself in this context but its helping.
 
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I think there are certain mental illnesses that are physical in origin and caused by the body's chemical production or the brain's capacity for memory or internal communication.

There are other mental health issues that seem to be part of the personality. But traits of personality become a disorder (or illness) when we are unable to cope with those aspects of ourselves, or are unable to function as we expect ourselves to, or as the law would require us to.
 
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Such a good question! This question really messes me up, and I'm constantly coming up with theories to try and explain things to myself but really I have no idea. I look at things I want to change and try and fix them but I don't know if I'm fixing something or if what I'm trying to change is completely normal. I'm constantly going around in circles with it.
Hmm...
 
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This tends to bug me as well. I have no idea. Leads me to think theres nothing wrong with me at all and its just me & my personality then other times i think im completely crazy. The rest of the time im somewhere in between. I think about it alot and it really hurts my head so i try not to because i don't think ill ever get an answer or atleast never one i want.
But so far it does seem like its both. If something causes any problems or distress then its classed as an illness of sorts - regardless of its orgins.
At uni we were convinced our flatmate had OCD she would drive us crazy asking us to check if we turned her hair straighteners off like 6times before we left the flat. When we asked our lecturer if she has it and can we get her help, he basically told us that only if she has any distress by it would she get diagnosed with it.
Think thats the general way it goes. (obv aside from the cases where someone has to get sectioned because they are unaware and causing harm to themselves or others)
But generally its only a problem if you think its a problem. - even that sounds messed up though.
 
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i also find, that i often end up in some sort of circular thinking that ends with me being inherently flawed, with not defining traits of personality and therefore am a non- entity- from there things slip pretty far/fast down hill.
 
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