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Is mental illness an excuse for bad behavior?

When I started working on this topic, I honestly took my time to try to understand if mental illness is an excuse for bad behaviour. Questions kept popping into my head, questions like ‘ If someone has depression, does that make it an excuse for their quick temper and cancellation of plans?’, ‘ If someone has anxiety, does over-drinking alcohol to numb the pain or avoiding social situations, is that an excuse?’. ‘ What of bipolar disorder, does being agitated and irritable serve as an excuse as well?’. Questions like this filled my head until I remembered two novels I read long ago, I don’t remember the titles, but in the first one, the lady was diagnosed with depression, and she used that as an excuse for everything, taking it to her advantage to procrastinate her work projects or get pity from people, often with a ghost smart smile playing on her lips. In the other book, it was about a young couple, so in love and all, until the husband went to war and completely changed, and according to the symptoms he portrayed, it was similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. He had night terrors, was uncontrollably angry and very irritable.


Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Biological psychology, Counselling psychology and CBT and NLP. I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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