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If our symptoms were animals which ones would they be?

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When I was first dx I felt like they were trying to tranquilize an elephant to get the mania under control. But, I don't feel it is like an elephant. Maybe a tiger, ready to pounce and give breakthrough symptoms if there is an opening when it isn't busy sleeping. I could sense the intensity of it. I don't feel that now.

I guess depression would be like a sloth. For me it comes in slowly, rather subtle and takes time before it leaves.

I've hear the term "monkey brain" for when your brain isn't behaving so I think psychosis is like a bunch of spidermonkeys going every which way.

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Depression = dachshund. Burrows a lot, low to the ground, has a mind of its own.

Psychosis = barreleye fish. A see-through head [aka thought broadcasting], lives in the depths [aka its relationship with depression], just plain creepy and weird.

Mania = Cheetah, runs around rapidly and is quite colourful.

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Mania - Shark. Oh yes, Shark for sure.

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Depression for me is too low and slow for it to be a true animal, I just never want to do anything. I'm thinking more of a fungus, Not really sure.

Anxiety and social phobia would be some kind of dog probably, A small one scared of people. They express their anxiety very well, you can tell when they are anxious.

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Mania, I think, would be a brightly colored bird, maybe a parrot. It loves to take off and fly, resists coming back down because doing so is againsts it's nature. But his beak is very sharp so I wouldn't play with it.

Depression: Maybe a slug, hiding under a rock in the dirt. It doesn't like to come out becuse the sun will dry it out and it moves so painfully slow.

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Wolverine / sea cucumber. Or maybe something that eats itself. Monkeys are excellent but for me they are more about straight mania.

I can't shake the notion that psychosis is humanoid. We've spent centuries trying to ditch that one, but there it is.

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Depression - tree sloth. Slow and gawky. Looks out of proportion.

Anxiety - tarsier. Bug eyed - coming out of it's skin. Or maybe a jumpy disgusting flea.

Grief - big old sad elephant. Looks down sadly.

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Or maybe something that eats itself.

Axolotls do that - they can nibble their own limbs if required. They also regenerate said nibbled limbs.

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Mania: Capuchin monkey

Depression: definitely agree on it being a slug. under a rock. surrounded by salt.

Social Phobia: most domestic felines (can't speak of other anxieties, mine all tend to surround people in some way)

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I guess they're not an animal, but the Buddhist idea of Pretas, or hungry ghosts pretty much sums up my mental illness.

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Hypo: Chihuahua: a frenetic little dog with a mean streak

Mixed: Honey Badger: I don't give a shit

Depressed: Scarab: I hide underground, and everything I touch is shit.

Anxious: Mouse: I'm timid, and everything makes me feel like I am about to have a heart attack.

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depression = biting ants all over me, stinging, and no remedy

hypomania = butterfly in a strong wind

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Autism - aardvark. Starts with an A, has a funny name, looks bizarre, is solitary and has a specialised diet [lots of auties like to eat the same things, over and over].

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Id say that my depression is like a huge anaconda - it is slow moving, ever growing, and squeezes you to death.

My mania is like a blowfly - always moving at a million feet per second at all angles, can take any turn at any second, and are generally associated with unpleasant things.

Psychosis is like a parrotfish - psychadelically colored, secretive, always changing (parrotfish can change gender repeatedly in its life), and has teeth that can bite to the bone.

Anxiety is like an eagle - swooping in from nowhere and leaving just as fast. It has claws that can grip you tight and bury into your flesh. Fast, fast moving.

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Hamster. I run and run and run on the wheel, not going anywhere...(not the treadmill :( lol the wheel in my mind), then when I figure out I'm not going anywhere I burrow myself and stuff my face lolL

This is hilarious, I watch it when I feel like dying and it ALWAYS makes me laugh! There's a few animals on there that I'm like hmmm reminds me of being manic, paranoid, and the lamictal stoooopids lol

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kxBeQ52V_MM

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My MI in general is a tiger. Powerful, potentially deadly, yet strangely hypnotic, almost mesmerizing, at times. It shouldn't be wandering freely amongst the public so it has to be caged and confined.

Hypomania is a small scavenging bird or rodent, like a mouse or gerbil. It's constantly running around in circles, looking for something, but it can't find what it's looking for because it doesn't even know what it's looking for. It searches and searches until the mixed state comes and kills it.

Mixed state/rage is a bloodthirsty predator. Sometimes an eagle, that acquires its target from miles away, plans its attack, and deftly swoops in and grasps its prey with its razor-sharp talons, killing it instantly. Other times it's just a tornado that destroys everything and anything in its path and leaves a trail of wreckage behind.

My depression isn't an animal. It's just a black hole. It's all-encompassing, bottomless, and absorbs all light around it.

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I think depression feels like an eel - slimy, heavy, squirmy, hideous. That's even kind of the feeling in my chest I get when I'm depressed.

Hypomania, for me, is a happy puppy, bouncing around enjoying life and enjoying being gorgeous, totally unaware / uncaring that you're pissing all over someone's rug and chewing up their sofa. Being a puppy can't last forever.

Mania moves almost too fast to be seen, desperate energy that can't be unleashed; a bird caught inside the glasshouse, desperately throwing himself against the windows, not understanding why he can see through to outside but can't get out, breaking everything and getting nowhere. Beautiful and tragic to watch, terrifying to actually go into the glasshouse with it to let it out.

Mixed states to me are too complicated, too awful to give them an animal. Even the most hideous creatures of science fiction don't compare.

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Depression - Manatee (big, slow, and prone to unfortunate events)

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Irritation - Hedgehog (what the fuck do you want?)

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Batshit - Aye-Aye (needs no explanation)

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A mixed state for me is like a little bird trapped in a greenhouse, bashing its brains out against glass it can't even see, trying to get away.

Depression is like sharing your body with some sort of non-carbon-based life form-a being from some foreign dead star.

And there are definitely some poo-flinging monkeys in here.

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