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A DSM diagnosis is not a personality trait.

No, seriously. It's not.

Please stop with the Facebook quizzes and the OKCupid memes and everything else that has "ADD" and "OCD" and "bipolar" listed in with random innocuous personality traits like, say, "friendly".

There is enough difficulty now with getting people to understand the continuum between, "Sure I understand depression - I cried when we had to put my cat to sleep when I was twelve!" and, "OMG you mean they let Crazy People out of the hospital?! Won't they, like, hurt us and stuff?"

Misplacing your keys doesn't mean you have ADD.

Alphabetizing your DVDs doesn't mean you have OCD.

Having good days and bad days DOES NOT make you bipolar, unless the good days involve things like you spending two months of rent money spontaneously in two hours, or thinking you have superhuman abilities, or things like that...and the bad days involve intrusive thoughts of all the creative ways you could end your miserable existence.

Seriously. This is incredibly offensive to the people who actually HAVE these sorts of problems, and the people who care about them.

Please. Stop.
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