I’ve done a couple posts before about the wild and wacky questions and answers on Quora, a free-for-all of stupidity interspersed with a few brave souls trying inject a little bit of accurate information into the mix. Here are some of the gems I’ve seen recently:
Question: Are mental illnesses like depression contagious?
Answer (from someone who claims to be a “fully qualified psychotherapist):
Depression is a man made illness. Yes, it can be contagious due to the fact we are empathetic (for the most part discounting psychopaths etc).
Depression does not work as a medical disease i.e. it can not be caught by breathing the air, but it can be caught by emapthising [sic] with others blight [sic].
Depressed people also generally will not express anger correctly and as such turn it inward on themselves rather than having a conflict which will promote change. If a group of people feel this powerlessness then that depression will spread quickly.
Another answer: Depression has a physical cause. Mostly depression is caused by the high amount of sugar people eat, as well as the “other” forms of sugar like high fructose corn syrup, and fast absorbing carbs like white bread. People who eat well and exercise, can deal with most issues, and the little stress that a person may encounter when having to listen to someone’s problems, is easy to deal with.
Question: When a person who’s schizophrenic looks in a mirror can they sometimes see the other other personalities? How different do they actually look?
Question: Do psychiatric drugs cause chemical castration?
Question: Is shoplifting tied to Abilify or schizophrenia?
Question: Would mental health checks once every 5 years for gun owners help prevent the mass shootings epidemic?
Question: Should we not allow those with mental health histories to drive, since they may run over someone?
Answer: I couldn’t resist giving my own snarky answer to this one: Maybe we shouldn’t allow anyone who’s human to drive, since they may run over someone.
Question: Why are schizophrenics so reluctant to take their medicine when doing so would make them “normal”?
Question: Are schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder a side effect of demonic possessions?
Question: How do people with serious depression die?
Answer: I won’t repeat the exact answer, but some jackass decided to graphically describe all the various people he knows of and exactly how the committed suicide. And why do they do this, pray tell? Well, here’s this dumbass’s brilliant answer:
Depressed people have immune system issues. Their immune system is up and down continually and thus many people have almost constant flu, fevers, infections, bowel issues, skin diseases, etc, for which “medical science” seems to have no cure. Despondent, these people find their own cure, usually with a pill overdose washed down with alcohol. We must forgive and pity them.
So given the rampant stupidity out there in the world, I’m thinking that maybe one strategy for fighting stigma might developing some kind of IQ booster that can be aerosolized and sprayed over the world at large. Is that too much to ask?
There’s more on mental illness stigma on the Stop Stigma page.