Has anyone here "gone crazy"? April 5, 2006 3:16 PM   Subscribe

Has anyone here "gone crazy"? Has anyone been a normal, functioning person, and then been diagnosed with a serious mental illness? When did you start to notice, and what was it like when you finally realized what was going on?
posted by borkingchikapa to MetaFilter-Related at 3:16 PM (37 comments total)

Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but it seemed a bit too chat-filtery for askme.
posted by borkingchikapa at 3:16 PM on April 5, 2006


It doesn't belong here, but I think it would be a perfectly acceptable AskMe. Then again I am not an admin.
posted by iconomy at 3:20 PM on April 5, 2006


duly noted.
posted by borkingchikapa at 3:21 PM on April 5, 2006


"too chat-filtery for askme" does not imply "good for metatalk".
posted by gleuschk at 3:22 PM on April 5, 2006


This is an AskMe. Probably not a good one, but it doesn't belong here.
posted by cillit bang at 3:25 PM on April 5, 2006


2nding gleuschk. MetaTalk = stuff about MetaFilter.

Should MeFi have an explicit link to metachat? "You might also like..."? And MoFi, SpoFi, too, I guess.
posted by Aknaton at 3:34 PM on April 5, 2006


It doesn't belong here or in ask.
posted by cellphone at 3:35 PM on April 5, 2006


So you used your AskMe question for the week. And thought you might get a bonus question here. Right?
posted by y6y6y6 at 3:35 PM on April 5, 2006


Should MeFi have an explicit link to metachat? "You might also like..."? And MoFi, SpoFi, too, I guess.

No, because then every douchebag with a mefi clone will want a link.
posted by cellphone at 3:35 PM on April 5, 2006


Yes. Yes. When I sat crying through National Lampoon's Vacation. It sucked.
posted by mischief at 3:36 PM on April 5, 2006


This thread is never gonna survive, unless...
posted by gigawhat? at 3:36 PM on April 5, 2006


Oh, I suppose I'd want to be an elm tree.
posted by boo_radley at 3:38 PM on April 5, 2006


MetaChat.
posted by killdevil at 3:39 PM on April 5, 2006


Do you know what Adderall is? Do you know Ritalin? Do you know now that Ritalin is a street drug? You don't understand the history of these drugs. And if you do, you know that it masks the problem. There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance! No, I know these things. No, Matt, I'm not saying that. That's an alteration of what I'm saying. These drugs are dangerous, mind-altering chemicals. There are ways of handling these problems so that we don't end up in a Brave New World. You don't even know what Ritalin is! If you read the papers on how they came up with the drug, the dosage ... You should be more responsible in knowing what it is. I am responsible. I know these things. So you're advocating? Of course. And I don't talk about things I don't understand.
posted by kcm at 3:40 PM on April 5, 2006


Oh, I didnt' even know that metachat existed. Thanks for the, um, friendly reminders. Feel free to delete.
posted by borkingchikapa at 3:50 PM on April 5, 2006


borkingchikapa, welcome, at last, to the fold.
posted by cortex at 3:52 PM on April 5, 2006


I've gone crazy twice.

The first time I knew something was wrong because I didn't have any control over my actions (to a lesser extent) and emotions (to a greater extent). I would do things that I had specifically decided not to do. Like someone else was initiating my actions and then distracting me so I couldn't stop. I was in a very bad situation, and this behavior went away slowly once I got out of it.

The second time I was seeing things and was filled with paranoia of the "they're out to get me" type. I would see things scurrying at me, or sometimes decapitated heads. When I looked at them directly they'd not be there. I'd make an effort to make sure I wasn't followed, even while going about very mundane tasks. I was quite aware this was crazy, and just sort of learned to live with it. Although I did almost stab a guy once. After a few months it went away.

I haven't had problems like this for about 20 years.
posted by y6y6y6 at 3:53 PM on April 5, 2006


I once went crazy for Cocoa Puffs. I got them at my friend Ken's house. Mum only let me get Kashi or plain Cheerios, and the nex time I slept at Ken's they didn't have Cocoa Puffs. So I eventually got over my mental illness after a period of withdrawl. Fortunately, I never sought medical attention so it has not affected my life since my recovery.
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:57 PM on April 5, 2006


You're a goddamn liar, Mayor Curley. If you knew anything about mental illness, you'd have known that people go cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

It's a delicious part of an imbalanced dog's breakfast!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 4:06 PM on April 5, 2006


Wait, is your name Mikey? I heard he eats everything. At least that's what they say.
posted by nevercalm at 4:06 PM on April 5, 2006


I didn't always have this username.
posted by nutso at 4:08 PM on April 5, 2006


I have had these periods of sudden flooding emotions and complete lack of judgment - it's usually triggered by a girl.
posted by scarabic at 4:21 PM on April 5, 2006


kcm=Tom Cruise ? ; >
posted by amberglow at 4:32 PM on April 5, 2006


If you'd somehow involved BBS's, then it would be fine here.
posted by crunchland at 4:36 PM on April 5, 2006


I'll sue you in england!
posted by seanyboy at 4:36 PM on April 5, 2006


If you'd somehow involved BBS's, then it would be fine here.

Well, BBS's are Metafilter-related, going crazy... oh, never mind.
posted by jack_mo at 4:38 PM on April 5, 2006


You're a goddamn liar, Mayor Curley. If you knew anything about mental illness, you'd have known that people go cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

nah dogg, that's what cuckoo sounds like withdrawl.
posted by fishfucker at 4:38 PM on April 5, 2006


Someone slipped LSD in the punch at a BBQ, and I kept coming up with all these rationalizations: the sun is in my eyes, that's why the colors are so weird, I climbed the stairs too fast and that's why my head is spinning, I must be in love with the girl I just met and that's why I can't talk.

When the ambulance arrived for someone else, and the punchbowl was implicated, I immediately knew: "That's it! I'm tripping!" Funny how I couldn't figure it out earlier.
posted by StickyCarpet at 4:57 PM on April 5, 2006


sticky-- i've always wondered if people ever really did that. Now I know.

Anyone who has bought fake acid has probably had the opposite experience of trying to convince themselves that they ARE tripping when they aren't. Acid is a funny thing that way. It comes on so subtly and slowly, and you can't really put your finger on when you cross the line until you're already well beyond it.
posted by empath at 5:12 PM on April 5, 2006


We wouldn't have this problem with people wanting to post everything to MeFi/AskMe/MeTa if only there were other sites on the internet. Just think, instead of doing all of your internet related business here, you could somehow be linked up with other sites!
posted by klangklangston at 5:36 PM on April 5, 2006


klangklangston: best comment I've read today!
posted by leftcoastbob at 5:45 PM on April 5, 2006


This doesn't really belong here, and it doesn't really belong in AskMetafilter unless you can flesh it out a little more (why are you asking?) to make it not just a chatfilter question.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:08 PM on April 5, 2006


Yes, I am mental.
posted by sjvilla79 at 6:20 PM on April 5, 2006


I want to hang with StickyCarpet's friends. And apparently empath needs to be brought along, FFS.
posted by scarabic at 6:32 PM on April 5, 2006


(I've hung out with StickyCarpet's friends- and they are FREAKIN' AMAZING!)
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:50 PM on April 5, 2006 [1 favorite]


Crazy? I was crazy once. They locked me in a room with padded walls. I died there. They buried me. They buried me with bugs. They buried me with lots of bugs. Bugs? I hate bugs. Bugs drive me CRAZY!

Crazy? I was crazy once. They locked me in ...
posted by tweak at 6:53 PM on April 5, 2006


Has anyone been a normal, functioning person...

nope.
posted by quonsar at 6:58 PM on April 5, 2006


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