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13 (More) Funny One-Liners About Having a Mental Illness

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Before you go all nuclear on me, saying “how dare you make fun of people witpsychiatric disorders,” check my two previous posts: rules for finding the humor in mental illness an13 Funny One-Liners About Having a Mental Illness. Mean-spiritedness and degradation are not part of my modus operandi.

The two most important tenets in my rulebook:

1. If you don’t have mental illness, it ain’t your rodeo to ride in. I live with multiple mental health issues. It’s up to me if I want to joke about them or not. If you have mental illness, you have the same choice.

2. I don’t make fun of people with mental illness. Yes, I may make fun of myself. But mostly I discover the humor in the situations I find myself in because I have a mental illness.

Why bother finding the comedy in pain? The overarching reason: for me at least, it is healing. I hope you have some giggles as you read these and as you giggle, I hope you heal (just a smidgen).

Ok, here goes. Warning: some really corny jokes ahead.

1. Mental illness runs in my family. Which is sort of weird, because my parents weren’t very athletic.

2. I’ve never had paranoid delusions. Somebody told me I did, but I know they’re lying.

3. I’m lucky, I have very little side effects from my medications. They can fit right into my pocket.

4. In the beginning, my eating disorder meant I had dessert before my entrée. But then it got serious and developed intcompulsive overeating — as opposed to apathetic overeating.

5. Hallucinations are when people see things that aren’t there. I totally understand that. An ex-psychiatrist of mine had them. I know, for a fact, she never saw me. I don’t know what she was seeing, but she definitely didn’t see me!

6. I’m on Zoloft and Epival and many other planets.

7. I have psychotic breaks — my car stops at all delusions.

8. I have an anxiety disorder... which means my anxiety orders dis and dat.

9. I’ve faced mental illness — stuck my tongue out at it, shook my fist at it and finally gave it the finger.

10. What does it mean when people say “I don’t believe in drugs for mental illness?” ‘Cause they seem pretty real to me. I think those people might be experiencing delusions.

11. It makes perfect sense that mental illness runs in my family. I’d run too if I had a family like mine.

12. Where do they get these names for psychiatric drugs? No wonder we don’t like taking them. They sound like a bad storyline from a Star Trek sequel. You know: Captain Zoloft and his commander in chief Colonel Paxil are involved in negotiations with the Prozac Nation and the Lithium Liberation Army.

13. I still have psychotic breaks from time to time, which are very different than coffee breaks. You don’t get paid for psychotic breaks.

What’s your favorite one? Have you made up a joke about your mental illness? Share in the comments!

You can read part one of Victoria’s jokes here.

Follow this journey on the author’s blog.

Photo by Brittani Burns on Unsplash

Originally published: September 19, 2019
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