Have you ever made up a reason why you are a little off instead of telling people about your mental illness?

One day this dude asked me what the heck happened to me. I guess I was a little out of it. I told him I had a problem with alcohol.

So I guess I"m a phony alcoholic. :upside_down_face::upside_down_face::upside_down_face:

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I just let people wonder.

Everyone I’m close to and care about know my condition.

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I tell them about my concussion history and that it causes me to have issues. Which might be true but I can’t prove it. My close family knows about my g.a.d and depression.

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People ask me all the time why I disappeared for two years. I just tell them I moved and was working which is half true. My close friends know the whole story and don’t care though, you would be surprised what people don’t care about.

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I really only associate with my family and they know everything. Pretending to be an alcoholic made me laugh…double thanks.

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It’s bizarre because when I was 19 and didn’t know what was wrong with me I said to myself “I wish I was alcoholic or something then at least it would have a name”.

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See I just became an alcoholic to deal with all the s$$t that was wrong.

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I’m pretty honest about it.
If I don’t feel like it, I just say I’ve been dealing with some personal problems.

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I used to tell people I had drug problems during the early days of my diagnosis. Not a good idea. It’s been years since I went back to the town where I went to high school. Pretty sure people there think I’m not only crazy but a crazy drug addict. Other than that I told a group of online friends I had a cognitive disability some years ago. The word schizophrenia was purposefully avoided.

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I’m thinking if I get a job I’m not gonna tell people this time. It would make me feel uncomfortable. Like they will get weirder around me for knowing that and I will feel weirder. I feel weird enough as it is

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Those close to me know, other people I just say jokingly “my brain thing” and give a silly face. They normally don’t ask beyond that

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I think maybe some here think I’m a drug addict. I doubt I’d tell anyone I had sz unless pressured into it.

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My commanding officer in the Air Force once asked me if I was crazy? I told her “no, a little eccentric maybe”. She said, “yes, eccentric”.

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My aunt asked why I didn’t have a job when I was at a party on Saturday. I said I need to stay sane. She took it as I need to find the best opportunity

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I’ve told people i am sick sometimes if I want to get out of something

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When I go into the hospital for a few weeks I tell people that don’t know about my psychosis that it’s my heart. (I have heart problems). Otherwise I don’t usually tell people. When I get a job I just say I’m on disability for my heart.

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I use tell people I have " something" and change the subject

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I usually tell them I have a headache, since I always rub my temple to try to ease the volume of the voices. Or I just tell them I didn’t sleep.

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Tell them you’re experiencing Rapture and ask them if Jesus is their personal savior. Best way I’ve found to stop any conversation I don’t want to have from starting. People usually disappear with a little poof of dust like in the old Road Runner 'toons. (I actually do this.)

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Rofl. I laughed when I read this. It’s the truth lol

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