12/27/09 02:32 pm - sailorvfan10 - On Depression, Mental Disorders, and Various Other Things People Should Research Before They Write
Due to the sheer amount of fic I've seen where depressed people suddenly dress all emo and slit their wrists and EXPRESS THEIR CREATIVE YET HURTING SOULS, I think I will write an essay on how what the fuck, you've never been depressed in your entire life.
( Let's make a comparison, shall we? WARNING: CONTAINS TRIGGERS.Collapse )
Up next is mental disorders. There are so many I can't (and won't) attempt to list them all. Anything that alters your mind is a disorder of your mental faculties, because you're not supposed to think/act/whatever outside of set boundaries
I am a perfectionist. I have OCD. I have the tendency to be antisocial. This isn't even a third of all the disorders.
And yet I see the same five in every fic. OCD, eating disorders, depression, schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder).
And they're usually not handled correctly.
One at a time, shall we?
( This got a little long. May contain triggers.Collapse )
Dear fanfiction writers (hell, writers period),
Please, for the love of all that is sacred, research before you write. If you know someone who has whatever you want to write about, ask them. Talk to them. Go on Google and look for reputable websites. Medical sites. Foundations. Organisations. Specialty sites. Go on Amazon and find books. Go to the library and check those books out. Don't just go by what you saw in the latest episode of The Young and the Restless or House or whatever show you watch.
Because really, you have no excuse. And if you don't do your research? Not only are you insulting the people you're writing about, but you look like an idiot. A big idiot.