I like to answer reasonable questions about mental health on the question-and-answer forum Quora, but often reasonable questions are hard to find. Here are some of the dumb ones I’ve come across that show that mental illness stigma is alive and kicking.
Question: Do you think it’s cowardice to think that people with borderline personality disorders are all evil?
Answer (the most frightening one out of several): Do you understand that the Personality Disordered person is the coward? These people refuse to take responsibility for their own actions and constantly manipulate others to exploit them for their resources, precisely because they are COWARDS. The PD’ed person uses all sorts of tools, techniques to avoid the effort it takes to exhibit and exercise conscience towards others and themselves in the home and in society.
Question: Would long term exposure to nature be a more effective treatment for depression compared to pharmaceutical medications?
Question: How is a bipolar manipulative behavior treated?
Question: Can meditation cause schizophrenia?
Question: Depression, anxiety, “personality disorders”, etc. can be healed naturally, so why do we tolerate a mental health system that is drug-based, and is failing people?
My favourite answer: They can be healed naturally? You are out of touch with reality.
Question: Does depression lead to materialism?
Answer: Depression … n .. materialism … no way …. It is another disease callled bipolar .. where materialism comes .. go to google for details
Question: Is depression just sad narcissism?
Question: Do bipolar people have coexisting autistic and psychotic traits?
Question: It seems like a lot of untreated people with severe schizophrenia eat out of the garbage, are unclean, and lacking sleep, but do not get sick like well people probably would. Do people with schizophrenia have stronger immune systems than most people?
Question: People with no real problems to tackle usually get depressed. Is depression a disease whose first symptom is laziness?
Are there any particularly stupid or bizarre questions you’ve seen/heard people ask about mental illness, on Quora or elsewhere?
You can find more about mental illness stigma on the Stop Stigma page.