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Do You Hear What I Hear? Christmas Disorders and Carols

If you don’t find the humor in this, my sincere apologies. But we need as many laughs this holiday season as is possible.

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1. Schizophrenia — Do You Hear What I Hear?

2. Multiple Personality Disorder — We Three Kings Disoriented Are

3. Dementia — I Think I’ll be Home for Christmas

4. Narcissistic — Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me


5. Manic — Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and…..

6. Paranoid — Santa Claus is Coming to Town to Get Me

7. Borderline Personality Disorder — Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire

8. Personality Disorder — You Better Watch Out, I’m Gonna Cry, I’m Gonna Pout, Maybe I’ll Tell You Why

9. Attention Deficit Disorder — Silent night, Holy oooh look at the Froggy – can I have a chocolate, why is France so far away?

10. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder — Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells….


11. Oppositional Defiant Disorder– You better not cry – Oh yes I will
You better not Shout – I can if i want to
You better not pout – Can if i want to
I’m telling you why – Not listening
Santa Claus is coming to town – No he’s not!!

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  • Nancy

    I can understand why your cracking up!!! I guess I don’t even need chocolate to be entertained these days and I just found out I suffer from more mental disorders then I knew I had!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing silly things like this in your blog because it never seems to fail when I am needing an attitude adjustment you always seem to give it to me.

  • Babs

    I laughed — I forwarded — they laughed….

  • Larry Parker

    I hope the killjoys don’t show up again on this one — as I ROFLMAO!!!

  • Anonymous

    I really loved #11 Oppositional Defiant Disorder, even the abreviation is great “ODD” ! Of course that is also known as “Strong Willed Child Syndrome” (we got about four generations of those types now, and the world is in deep shit!) You can’t “Tell” a strong willed child anything! They will do what they want to do, when they want to do it, and how they want to do it! …”You can’t fight City Hall” … Bet me I can’t !
    LUV 2 ALL

  • Larry Parker

    I thought “Strong-Willed Child Syndrome” was James Dobson’s diagnosis.
    And considering what he does to strong-willed dachshunds, I’d call his recommended treatment child abuse (http://)

  • Anonymous

    RE -Larry Parker | December 6, 2007 2:17 PM
    I thought “Strong-Willed Child Syndrome” was James Dobson’s diagnosis.
    ** Actually that was Dobson’s coined Terminology/psychosis … the diagnosis is mine, and that comes from Living a Life of one of them thar types (along with a mother, wife and three kids all the same! hah!)
    And considering what he does to strong-willed dachshunds, I’d call his recommended treatment child abuse (http://)
    ** and now you know why the entire world is suffering with de-pression, which is in my diagnosis O-pression, re-pression, su-pression, and consta-pression (or is that con-stepation ? although I haven’t got a clue what the hell a “stepation” is, but I’m against it !)
    ** Nah! … I didn’t even read his book, just the title was enough for me!
    LUV 2 U /LUV 2 ALL

  • Margaret Balyeat

    RE:Larry: Could you please define your latest anagram (ROFLMAO)? This in the second time recently that you’ve used it and both times you’ve lost me!(Perhaps intentionally?) Thanks in advance.(Assumptive, aren’y I?)

  • Anonymous

    A. Frenda Meine woke me up this morning to also point out this. I don’t pay anybody for all this psyche/drug crap. I write my own wacko book, for myself, I ain’t payin no ahole to tell me I’m crazy!
    I also need to mention “Passive Aggressive Behavior” They just put a label on that after 2,000 years(if you catch my drift!). A “PAB” is a person who will not fight with you, and will agree with everything you tell them to do…they just won’t do it! Here’s the classic example (of my kids…all kids!…”Come to Me as a child”) “Therese!, go clean your room” … OK Mom … Therese, is your room clean yet? … Not yet mom … Why not? … I’m busy … With what? … Uhhhh, I’m doing my homework! … Well, as soon as your done, clean your room … OK Mom … Therese, it’s almost lunch time, is you room clean yet … No Mom … Well get it done before lunch or your not getting any! … OK Mom … Are you finished yet? … No Mom … Well get down here and eat and your going right back up there and finish, right after lunch! … OK Mom! …. (much later) Therese, are you finished yet? … No Mom … Well it’s almost supper time! … (even much later !) Therese, you’re not going to bed until you finish your room! … OK Mom! … ( and very, very much later !) Go to bed dammit! And first thing in the morning you are goin’ to …clean this room! . . . OK Mom! Good night! I Love you!
    Let me finish with this. My friends ask me if I have had a prostraight exam yet? And I tell them “No, why?” … If you don’t you could die! … Let me get this right … if I have a prostraight exam, I won’t die? … That’s not what I said! … Let me “tell” you something, I ain’t paying nobody to stick their hand up my ass! If sombody is gonna stick something up my ass…they’re gonna have to pay me!
    LUV 2 ALL

  • Larry Parker

    ROFLMAO = Rolling Over From Laughing My @$$ Off

  • Margaret Balyeat


  • Patricia B

    Absolutely hilarious!! I be laughing everytime I hear a Christmas carol. Thanks for the chuckle,was needin’ some cheer today.Everyone stay warm,it’s 20 degrees F in Wyoming at the moment and supposed to get down to 12 degrees F by tonight.Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!

  • Nancy

    Cully – I’m so glad you forwarded this to Therese, and Therese, I am so glad you posted it. It’s the first time I’ve been out of bed in l l/2 days with (of forget it – excruitiating pain – blah, blah, etc.). Anyway, my husband said to go check out the blog for a few minutes, and all I got to was this one. I love it!!! Anything that’s going to make me smile, and it’s funny only because it was sent from “one of us”. I’m going to print it out, but not now, because the “terriorist” that has taken hostage in my body and brain won’t let me keep my eyes open from the migraines and sit up in a chair without feeling I’m going to fall over dead. So fa, de la, la, la. The more that I try all attempts at miniminzing my life and get a grip on this illness (let alone the clinical depression and anxiety of mega proporttions) – the more “it’s” going to break through and show me who’s boss. It’s pretty tough (well you all know this) when it’s something inside of you that feels separate from you and you (or at lease I) hate it. Tuesday is Connecticut with all of our records and treatment plans that didn’t work, and MRI’s and SPECT scans, and tilt table test results, and EKG ECG and so on, with the 24 page “report” that is still stressing me out about writing in the stupid little criteria. It’s a story that needs to be told. A long repititious one, but I have to do this report or they keep my money and won’t see me that day.
    Oh well – I’ve got to go back to bed, where I get no comfort and little sleep anyway. Great for a person who is also treating depression. Just what you’d want them to do. Stay in bed and do nothing.
    Thanks for letting me spew. I really just wanted to say Cully’s holiday message had me ROTFLMAO.
    It’s a little different from Larry’s. My friend gave it to me.

  • Larry Parker

    Both ROFLMAO and ROTFLMAO are fairly standard Internet acronyms, Margaret.
    Neither of us from New Jersey (including Nancy as well as myself) has a copyright ;-P

  • Margaret Balyeat

    Larry, Thanks for the info (and for not pointing out that I misused “anagram instead of anagram) Guess you can tell i’m not a frequent chatroom participant!

  • Rhonda

    this is so great that I just had to e-mail it to myself. that way I can send it my friends & family. thanks for having it on your site.

  • Kathy

    In these times, when groups like NAMI are working hard to destroy the stigma attached to mental illnesses, this article is in very poor taste! Are you Schizophrenic? Are you Bi-Polar? Do you suffer from Anxiety Disorder or Phobias? If you did, you’d know how hurtful this is! I can’t believe that a place with a name like “BeliefNet” would posts such hurtful things. Shame on you!

  • Jason

    I find this very offensive to the mental health community and those who truly have this problem and violates rule #4 in the rules of conduct for beliefnet.

  • Peg

    I have lost all faith in “BeliefNet”. Mental Illness is not a laughing matter. I agree with Kathy….Shame on you!!!

  • marsha melton

    i thought this was funny it made me feel better i suffer from depression but this wasnt by no means offencive to me in fact it made me feel so much better i think that if people would learn to stop and laugh this world would be a better place

  • Karen

    This is not funny. My husband works as a therapist with chronically mentally ill adults. This season sees an increase in hospitalizations as people have increased difficulties dealing with their issues; the last couple of years have seen at least one client attempt suicide. For someone without a clue to forward this type of “humor” is one thing…it is TOTALLY inappropriate for a for a website supposedly promoting mental health, with a spiritual bent on top of it to do so. The mentally ill have enough to deal with and don’t need to be made fun of in this way.

  • Ann in Illinois

    I have suffered with depression for many years and my only son is autistic and ADD. I have a sister-in-law who is bipolar. She and I both thought this was very funny and not offensive in the least. I for one, MUST laugh at jokes like these, because if I didn’t I’d be suicidal(again). If we can’t laugh at our foibles and weaknesses, what can we do? Sit in the corner and eat worms? Make things even harder on ourselves? Time spent laughing is time NOT spent in darkness. Mental illness IS very serious, but that doesn’t mean we can’t poke a little fun at ourselves once in a while! Just my opinion…

  • Michelle

    I loved reading this piece.Very Funny!I have to say I needed a good laugh!My son has Aspergers,tourettes and Schizophrenia. It has been a trying 2 years. I have to stay home and be on guard should I get a call from his school and his many doctor appointments.I recently have went through panic attacks due to this situation because of the stress.Thanks for making me smile again!

  • Michelle

    Sometimes people just take themselves TOO seriously!
    I was told once by a counselor friend that one sign
    of maturity is the ability to laugh at yourself. I
    “fit” into a category or two of the above (hate to say
    “I suffer from…”) and, honestly, laughter IS the
    best medicine. It doesn’t diminish the issue nor replace
    the “cure” – but a momentary LIGHTEN UP never hurt anybody!
    Here’s one of my favorite bumper stickers:
    Roses are Red, Violets are Blue,
    I’m Schizophrenic, and so am I.

  • Christine

    Therese….I have always and will continue to look forward to your blogs and comments on mental illness. Humor was the only thing I had left when things were bad. Humor is a gift from God. We must laugh and poke fun at things we cannot control, it’s a coping skill. I know that anything you write comes from the heart, and from experience. You are not one to blog without experience.
    You have a wonderful gift, don’t stop your comments, videos, and reasonings. I have never found your posts offensive in anyway, in fact they make me laugh, smile, and bring tears to my eyes. In many ways, your site reminds me to pray for those who suffer. Yes, we live in an imperfect world, and we are fallen creators who suffer with all types of diseases, afflictions and pain…but in the midst of it all, we must endure, and humor is one of the many ways to endure.
    Keep moving forward,

  • Shari

    I’m also a therapist and I use humor successfully to help people with their problems all of the time. This is just one more example of how people “miss” ways to enjoy the stressful holidays! Lighten up!

  • John

    Come on, people – lighten up! Does EVERYTHING have to be SO P.C. that we cannot even have a little fun laughing at and about ourselves? Human nature has always been attuned towards surviving every day by trying to make light of the “heaviest” of situations and conditions. When you stop to think about the great comics of the world, more often than not they come from very trying circumstances and lives that were far from ideal and, yet, they managed to not only survive but to THRIVE in life because they were able to make fun of themselves, their circumstances and the world around them. I work with “special needs” students and yes, the holiday season does see an increase in the severity of their behaviors and a deepening of their problems BUT, by constantly laughing at myself and allowing them, even encouraging them to join in that activity, allows them to smile and even start to laugh off their own “issues.” So, remember, laugh and the world laughs with you – cry, and you cry alone! and shouldn’t Schizophrenia’s song be – “Do I hear what I hear?” Come on, people, it IS the holiday season and be thankful that you are alive and CAN laugh – so DO IT!

  • Courtney

    I have seen this go around many times, and laugh every time. I grew up in a family of mental illness, and my mother had friends and worked with people with ALL kids of addictions and mental illness. I myself have suffered through bouts of it throughout my life and have worked with people with it.
    To those of you who can’t laugh at this, I feel sorry for you. If you have worked with or lived with people who suffer from these things you learn very quickly that a sense of humor is essential.
    Our society is so hung up on political correctness, fear of offending that we are numbing ourselves to the reality that laughing heals the heart, mind, and spirit.
    Last week I wanted to pull the plug on life, this week is a new one and I thank God for it. Today I am happy for the gift to Live, Love, Laugh. and Cry.
    Who are we to judge what someone else would think is funny or not, but why deprive someone of a smile because to the fear that some oversensitive person might be offended? Thanks to you who voiced your opinion about being offended, thanks to you who laughed at this, thanks to you who posted it. Beliefnet serves everyone, no matter what their nationality, religious preference, race, or mental or physical ability, I am thankful for it.
    Let us all remember to get off the high horse and leave the judgement to God.

  • kim

    Why do people have to take offense to everything? Laughter is truly the best medicine… and if you can’t laugh at this, you’re just uptight and you’ll die that way I suppose… Miserable and just Uptight. woweee, what fun! I have been diagnosed with OCD, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder, ADD… and I’m 20 years old. I still found this to be funny. It wasn’t meant to make fun of or hurt anyone… people need to start to see the bright side of life; start with laughter. stop being so defensive! that’s the downfall of america! everyone is getting offended by everything! you only live once, get over it! learn to laugh! I repeat, LEARN TO LAUGH!

  • Raggdollrose

    Not exactly what I thought I’d read at “BelieffNet”. But then again it’s the 2000’s not the 1900’s. My daughter has a physcial disablitity and laughter got us though alot of very serious illnessess and some very trying days, you gotta laugh to keep it real. I’m glad to see some humor along the way.

  • Dianne

    You’ve done it again….and it doesn’t take much to entertain me while I am eating chocolate either (still tasting it on my tongue)….this is wonderful stuff….to be able to laugh at ourselves is truly a blessing….I can feel those endorphins working to relieve stress as I am still laughing….humor is by far the best therapy for mental disorders with no side effects except for the urge to spread it around….now if we could get it in time-release capsules….lol…Have a wonderful week!

  • Toya

    We must remember that the purpose of Christmas is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Everything else is redundant. The comments that were posted before mine were very valid. You must have a sense of humor and be able to laugh at the silly things that are said and done by human beings. Spiritually this is a special time to uplight Jesus Christ our lord and savior. We must give thanks for the ability to be able to enjoy and remember the uniqueness of our personailities. It is what it is, and we are who we are. Have a very merry christmas and a blessed new year………

  • windyblue

    Well I to lived in a home with 2 parents who had mental disorders, and it was at times very scary growing up. What was worse was they both did nothing about it. I to have a mental disorder, but I have gotten help, and medication. And I thank God for it. I now can function.
    I live next store to a lady who has Schizophrenia, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and its not funny at all. Especially when she does not take her medication. Dementia, well I have known people who have had family members who had that, and now ARE home For christmas, as both my parents are. And I work with some Ladies who childern have Attention Deficit Disorder, and it almost drives them to tears, and crazy at times.
    I have heard and read the above before many times, but I to find it not very funny. Yes laughing is great medicine, but not at the expense of people who have mental disorders.

  • CLeo

    Oh Please! The purpose of any holiday is what you choose to make it! The reason for the season for many, especially the ancient, waaaayyyy before “civilization” came around was the Solstice, the Winter Solstice.
    Some people aren’t Christian, some people celebrate…something…so their kids won’t feel left out or singled out.
    Some people are Agnostic, and some call themselves Christian yet all they do is act manic leaving their carbon imprint everywhere with their tons of lights, plastics etc.
    To each its own, if someone is so humour challenged that can’t spare a second to laugh or even to smile then I really feel sorry for you!
    Thanks Therese, I loved it and have sent it to all my agnostic, Jewish, and Christian friends and neighbors.

  • Lyndee

    I’ve seen this type of thing before many months ago. I found it rather insulting to those poor unfortunate people such as myself that have had or has these types of mental disorders.
    Some people have no problem in “poking fun” of those that have real trials and tribulations such as mental disorders. I for one am not that way and rather shocked that BeliefNet would allow such stuff to enter into their emails.
    Mental illness in whatever form is anything but funny. Real challenges are laid before them and some can learn to cope with medication and therapy and others can’t. I find nothing funny about someone having cancer, and to have a mental illness is no different than having any other physical ailment that can be potentially life threatening.

  • Anonymous

    I just read the Christmas Carols regarding people with mental disorders and I find it appaling!! I have really enjoyed everything that has been posted as they are positive experiences or caring stories or means of helping others. I had a son with mental disturbances and he is no longer on this earth with me and I sure do not beleive this is Christmas nor do I beleive anyone should be made fun of or ridiculed. GROW UP and screen the trash that is on this website!!

  • Lydiann

    Take you meds.
    Enjoy life
    Including the season

  • linda

    I can only say one thing about the list of carols and to the ones upset by it.. lighten up. there comes a time when if you do not laught then you will cry. my mother is 80 years old and has had major depression since I was born.. 50+ years. I have to find humor to cope when it get bad. as she get older she is more forgetful but I try to find humor so I will not get down myself. no one is “poking fun” at people with problems in a mean way.. I find that humor is better then seeing something that was not meant. oh well since I celebrate winter solistic/ yule not Xmas I better not post my list of Xmas songs
    Smile.. it is easier the crying.

  • Sheila

    I have depression and a couple of Personality Disorders, and I thought this was really funny! We have to be able to laugh at ourselves. To me, it’s part of acceptance. I know what it’s like to not have the meds work, and just because this made me laugh does not mean I do not have compassion for my fellow sufferers.
    I plan to share this with my meds-management doctor and with my therapist!

  • Daffodill

    I have a so called ‘mental disorder’, yet I am not put off by this Holiday humor. If one cannot laugh , cannot let go, then what is ones reason for living? HUMOR is one of the most important things in life, It has been scientifically proven that humor helps all ailments !!When we laugh, it releases endorphins into the body, and that, my friend, is a VERY good thing. Also, lets drop the label of ‘mentally ill’, as it is actually just something gone wrong in the brain, therefore, making it a physiological disorder.The term ‘mental illness’ just continues to stigmatize those who have it ! Peace, Love & Happy Holidays to all.
    Daffodill :-)

  • que ni da

    wow am i offended! at all the uptight people that got offended over the carols and such. no one was poking fun at anyone’s misfortune. lighten up! no wonder there’s so much stress and mental disorders in the world!

  • sarah

    lighten up people. i am sure they did’nt mean to offend anyone. i have ocd and i was not offended by the jingle bells thing. thought it was kinda funny.i thought the attention deficit thing was cute too. life is too short to be so serious all the time

  • Najma

    Greetings everyone!
    I suffer from 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 Not bad from a list of 11. You want to know what! I like who I am. I am a special person in a crazy world. As I always say “Come what may” Be well good people and have a nice holiday!! Peace & Love!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, that was very funny and I needed to laugh.

  • MaggieO

    Well here we go again. This is so totally me. God Bless us all. I was so down in the DUMPS today that I thought I read me you all were. It is so wonderful to come to a place where there are no many “me”s..If we can’t laugh are ourselves now well maybe later we can. Anyway Happy days to all and me your life improve one day at a time…today is good…I thank God for that..Peace and Love to you all!

  • Jeni

    People take things way to seriously. I have quite a few of the “illnesses” including the OCD and I thought it was really, really funny! If you can’t laugh at yourself then who can you laugh at. This time of year is a very stressed out, depressing, Jack Russell Terrier on caffeine, I could say that because I have one, kind of time, So we all need a little chuckle to let each other know we are not alone in this battle. Thanks, Jeni : )

  • Dot

    I would like to see what song would be for a person with Bipolar. I have it and I swing both ways.I am not good with titles of songs so people can you help me out with this one?

  • Nuttier Than Thou

    As someone who has dealt with depression for most of his life, and who’s also worked with a wide array of mentally ill patients, I feel I am somewhat qualified to put in my 50¢ worth of opinion here.
    I have found that there’s no better therapy for any ailment, physical or emotional, than laughter. I’m not advocating laughter as medication, but certainly as part of any treatment program.
    I’m currently going through a rough time, and being treated with psychotherapy and antidepressants. However, reading the piece on “Christmas Disorders & Carols” (and the recurrent bouts of laughter it has brought me since I did), has been the best bit of therapy I’ve received in quite some time. With reader Cully’s permission, I’m planning to share this with everyone I know. Laughter is the best antidepressant of them all!
    Life is too short and too important to take it so seriously. Whatever your personal beliefs may be, you can bet your God is funny: He/She/It created each of us. If that is not proof of a fine sense of humor, I don’t know what is!

  • Daffodill

    Hey, I am SO happy that most of you have enjoyed this little list that Therese has put on here. I am sad for those who do not have the capacity to laugh at it. Humor, and the capacity to have it, is something that G_D has given to us all. No one here is poking fun at another. Aren’t we all kind of in the same boat ?

  • Lynne

    Re; Daffodill, Some of us are overboard! As always I love Therese’s sense of humour and keen wit. I whole heartedly applaud laughter in the workplace and everywhere else!!!I even sing to my horses in the barn…”You better not kick…You better not bite…You better not dig, I’m telling you why…Santa Horse is coming to town!” I have my own version of the twelve days of christmas but let’s not get into it right now.

  • Shauna

    Hi Therese, and all.
    I find that often in life, people who “react” to something that is said or written about mental disorders, are often those who either do not have an affinity with the thing they are reacting to, or they have it or know someone who does, and they have not accepted that part of themselves/another as part of them – and therefore, a part to be embraced and loved. Does that make sense?
    The reason I say this, is because I have suffered with a mental disorder since 1990. At times, I have been so down I wanted to end it all, but as I have grown older, I have learned to take myself more lightly and view everything with love and laughter. (Angels take themselves lightly, and that is why they can fly!).
    I’m no saint, I still react heavily to rape, war, murder, poverty, starvation, robbery and the list goes on. BUT …. in a world where everyone is struggling to find the peace and love we all long for, it makes more sense to sit back and smell the roses sometimes, and use a sense of humour for as many things as one can. You know, laughter can heal many ailments, and it certainly makes you feel good. I defy anyone to watch your favourite comedian for 15 minutes and not end up laughing.
    So, in this time of global love and warm fuzzy feelings (Christmas season) can we all try to see the lighter side of life? I am sure when this piece was written, it was not intended to slur anyone or anything. Heck, I have a dog that has OCD and I just cracked up when I read that part as it is just HER.
    Personally, I loved the piece. I can see aspects of myself, my mother, my sister, some friends, some clients, some pets etc in the piece. Remember people, one’s position on things is one’s position, but not necessarily the ‘right’ position.
    Love and Angel Blessings to you Therese for the ‘silly season’ and to everyone reading the boards. I hope you all have a happy holiday, filled with much love, laughter and merriment.
    Love, Shauna xx (\o/)(\o/)(\o/)

  • CLeo

    To those oh so sensitive and so PC who are appalled…Nobody is putting a gun to your temple and forcing you to read something you don’t think it’s proper.
    One sign of intelligence is a sense of humour. Some, sane or not, lack this, and in my estimate that lack is worse than a mental illness.
    I’m bipolar and I’m proud! This is also a bumper sticker I PROUDLY display on my car.
    See if someone tries to make me feel bad about it! It’s what we keep hidden and not talked or laughed about that has the potential to hurt us.

  • Melissa

    I love it, I love it, I love it!! It is so gratifying to read about others like myself who have a REAL sense of humor!! WE (and I’m talking about all those who live and breathe on planet earth) have got to grasp the strength that God has given us, in order to push on; and laughter is the very key to assist in getting that strength. As a child I used to laugh at just about everything. And now as an adult I make it a point to laugh, or else I would probably be put away somewhere (that’s real talk). As human beings we all have issues with our families, jobs, social lives, etc.; and it is up to us as adults to be able to look at certain things and LAUGH, LAUGH, LAUGH!! Keep up the comedy, as it is very much needed. THANX!

  • Melissa B

    Really really funny! After spending a year hearing every diagnosis possible for my son, he and I could have a good laugh together over these!
    To those who are feeling put out by these:
    Everyone needs to take this all with a grain of salt. It’s not mean spirited and it does a great job at showing how life can seem when you are struggling with any of these “LABELS”.
    I saw a little bit of myself as well as my loved (and not so loved) friends and family in most of them!
    May we ALL find some thing to laugh about with our families and friends this Holiday season!

  • Larry Parker

    You know what? I’ve thought about this again upon reflection, and I need to make a sincere and full apology.
    I should never have used the word “killjoy” to describe people who don’t appreciate sarcasm about mental illness. It is a deadly serious subject, so I can understand people feeling like that. (I certainly do at my worst.)
    At the same time, Therese, myself, and a lot of other regular BB readers and commenters DO find sarcasm to be an invaluable defense mechanism to our disease.
    That said, I should not invalidate the feelings of those who don’t find it to be so funny. So again, I am truly sorry. (Though I might add, in a bit of polite advice, this might not be the best blog for you if you can’t treat your illness with a sense of humor.)

  • Sherry

    Therese, may I add another? I took it personally when I didn’t see my particular disorder mentioned, and so, here is number 12:
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer… and I am reminded of it over and over, each and every Christmas season.

  • Torre Ann

    About #12. What a great addition to one of the funniest lists I have ever read. You are really creative!
    I have so many people to show this list to and all of us are going to be laughing from now until Christmas!!!!
    Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

  • SpiritualGirl

    LOL! As a Master’s degree student in Counseling I can really appreciate this. I had to laugh as I glanced over at my Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – DSM-IV-TR in between reading the jokes about the disorders – lol. It can be overwhelming to have to learn all the names, descriptions, symptoms and diagnosis criteria for all the disorders contained in the large 943 page manual – this helps to lighten things up regarding a topic that doesn’t seem very funny at time when knee deep in the study if it and the testing of my knowledge on it :o) LOL!

  • Karen

    It’s been awhil since I’ve seen this. It still makes me laugh. Do I see myself here? Somewhere? No Matter!!! A Merry CHRISTmas to ALL. It’s sadto know so much of Christmas has slipped into the commercial world….God Bless You one and all….

  • Nancy

    There are people in my life who match all these disorders, & so I can identify with all of them. I was laughing so hard because I can really relate! It’s great to see a little Ha, Ha, Ha! mixed in with the Ho, Ho, Ho season. Mental disorders are no fun to live with, but if we don’t poke a little fun at them once in awhile they’d be impossible to live with. Happy holidays everyone!

  • kathleen huls

    laughing so hard I can barely type. THANKS FOR THE GOOD LAUGH!!!

  • jenn

    Oh my golly gee wiz! I’m also laughing so hard I can barely type! This was too funny!!!!
    Thanks oodles!

  • Shiloh

    I can’t stop 7 yr old said mommy i do that to..made me laugh harder.

  • jestrfyl

    If we can’t laugh at our own disorders, then what is the use of having them? I sent this to a bunch of friends, each of whom has one or more of these unique quirks (even flaws have value – remember in the “Pink Panther”, it was the distinct flaw in the diamond that made it so valuable!), and they all saw themselves and laughed. Mental illness is serious, not solemn (thank you Russell Baker).

  • elizabeth

    another for the list…
    seasonal affective disorder: — I’ll have a blue Christmas without my light box….
    laugg and the world laughs with you instead of at you!

  • G. Martin

    I found the Christmas Carols hilarious! I’m #9 ,ADHD, and can really relate to “where’s France?” My mind is always going off on 5 tangents at once. I also live with a spouse and two children with ADHD. It’s a hard, chaotic life but we can find humor in the most unusal places where others can’t. I think that’s what has kept us all alive, our humor because ADHD is devastating until you’re diagnosed and educate yourself ( at least in our case).

  • Sia

    Depression— Crashing through the Blues, ine a one-man hopeless spree…*Everybody!*

  • Jeni

    Ok, I was howling by 10 and 11! I love a good laugh early in the morning.

  • Barbara Bowman

    Loved it last year — love it this year. Sia — very funny.

  • Annapurna Moffatt

    Oh, my God, that is HILARIOUS!!! The one about OCD really made me laugh–all those “jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle bells” (etc., etc.)!!!! LOL! Even just thinking about it makes me crack up again. Way to go, Therese!

  • marilyn

    therese the things you come with.i love them each year there my new Christmas traditions.better than anything on T.V or radio.your make my holidays so much more merier.

  • Crazy Mermaid

    On the ___ day of Christmas, my delusions gave to me…

  • Sharon

    I didn’t want to laugh, but I did.

  • Nicole

    Love it ! I have 2 mental health illnesses, and a good laugh is great medicine.

  • Shirley

    After working for ten years in a college counseling center, I know how important it is to laugh at yourself. This will be so great to share with the students to make their day! Thank you for all your support!

  • Kizzie

    I’ve already entered one.

  • Lorraine

    This is so funnnnyyyyyy….Thanks for sharing this it made me laugh and don’t feel so alone with my disorders.

  • Kizzie


  • tigger1

    I love it ,all the sayings,how about you better watch what you say,your never right you better watch what yousay santa; coming tonight.

  • anonymous

    Thanks. I think I understand my mom now.

  • Karen

    One of the most important coping skills for dealing with any mental illness or just life in general is HUMOR. Loved it! Thanks for a good laugh!
    Karen :)

  • Ian Springham

    Great fun – thank you; I particularly liked #7 (BPD – Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire.) How true, even today!
    Have you considered working with Chato B Stewart of to add the artwork and turn them into actual cards?
    Just a thought; thanks once again …

  • Ian Springham

    Great fun – thank you; I particularly liked #7 (BPD – Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire.) How true, even today!
    Have you considered working with Chato B Stewart of to add the artwork and turn them into actual cards?
    Just a thought; thanks once again …

  • Larry

    speaking for myself and my autistic grandson, i find nothing humorous about the way children and adults suffer with mental illnesses. Being up close and personally involved with every area of his development i’ve come to the realization that even though he dose’nt GET IT , he is suffering if for no other reason than because he don’t get it. I’m not one to second guess our God or assume what is or is not acceptable out side of what He has said in the scriptures nor would i ever feel justified in trying. So i don’t! Since you don’t care if this is offensive to anyone to the extent that you already decided to join the ranks of those who enjoy perverting the true reason for celebrating this originally precious and sacred day, i will have my name removed from beliefnets’ mailing list. i won’t be back to this blog, not even to see if you posted it. Maybe David Letterman will think your funny too.

  • Lynn

    Humor saves many a dark day. Thank You Lynn : )

  • Dave Kanofsky

    Yeah terrific.. I wonder what the Lord would have to say about this ? I wonder if he would find this amusing?
    The next thing you need to do is send this piece of crap to a number of Christians who suffer from or have family members or friends who suffer from a mental illness. I wonder how funny they would this this garbage is ?
    By the way, did you know that the suicide rate jumps every year right around Christmas time ? Do you find that funny too? Oh my, I hope I didn’t give you an idea for another little ditty at the expense of all those who suffer from a mental disorder?
    Watch out to all those with physical disorders, you might be next on this “lady’s” little ditty list next.

  • Darlene

    Merry Christmas everyone,
    I have read the words above and admit I did chuckle, not at the people or the disease but at the way someone managed to put songs as a method of describing symptoms associated with mental illness.
    Then I read the blogs and realize how offensive it is to those who are dealing with or living with these conditions in one way or another. I too have suffered with depression especially after my only son shot himself. He was my life and well you can imagine the trauma,grief and depression that followed. Everything has seemed so very serious and vital and I guess my chuckle was a release. We all need a good laugh;but not at the expense of others.
    Would the person who wrote this also do a song with diseases such as cancer, pneumonia, and stroke? I think it would be callous and insensitive to make a joke of others misfortunes. There will be some who will be at different stages of the disease and would not laugh at anything let alone poking fun at the symptoms.
    I don’t know who wrote and posted it; however, I think that this is meant to be a place that feels safe and provides comfort to others. Obviously it has caused some to feel insulted and has caused anguish and hurt; therefore, in my opinion it should be removed and replaced with an apology.
    My thoughts and understanding go out to everyone who knows or is suffering with a mental health condition and any illness for that matter. All the best to you and yours now and throughout the new year.

  • irod

    I agree with Darlene. Mental illness is not something to openly joke about. The only one that has a right to joke about mental illness is the person suffering from it and can find humor in their own behavior. Most of the time this is not the case. This should be removed.

  • Dave kanofsky

    “If you don’t find the humor in this, my sincere apologies. But that is not going to keep me from sending it next year, too. Sorry.” Your words, not mine.
    Obviously if you felt this “blog” was not going to ruffle a few feathers, you wouldn’t have to apologize for it. Now let’s see how professional you really are. Apologize to all those who are offended by this dribble, myself included, and promise it will never see the light of day again. Unless you don’t care if beliefnet looses a reader.

  • Your Name

    Hey I thought it was funny .I have suffered from depression most of my life and with the help of medication I am dealing with it .We have to find the humor in our daily lives ..

  • Renee Carbajal

    My Mother suffers from bi-polar disorder. When I read these to her she LAUGHED SO HARD!!!!
    THANK YOU!!!

  • Bridgett

    I thought it was funny too! After all with some of these disorders taking things too seriously is the snowflake that turns into an avalanche…if we cannot find the bits of humor in our challenges how can surviving occur?

  • Your Name

    I am managing degrees of 3 of these disorders myself and deal with them every day. Although I believe some can be written more humorously, an insight perhaps to one, I found them pretty darn funny. I think it’s important to not take things too seriously or personally. “Don’t take life too seriously; you’ll never get out alive.” If “well adjusted” people are supposed to laugh at themselves; why can’t those of us with special talents laugh as well?
    The key here is to be able to laugh intelligently. It bothers me that people pity me for my challenges without knowing enough about my disorders to envy me for my capabilities as well. I have abilities that “well adjusted” people might only dream of. Additionally, by my managing my disorders in a conscious and deliberate manner I find I’m much better off than most “well adjusted” people around me who go through life oblivious on how to help themselves get better every day. I sort of pity them.
    I think it’s interesting that people who don’t have any of these disorders, or don’t recognize they do, call us suffering from them when we refer to our managing our disorders. The condescension comes not from the jokes…but from some of the comments posted trying to protect our feelings. Ha! How ironic.
    In conclusion, if you read the jokes and got a chuckle, then felt guilty because you did as you read some of the comments…don’t. They were indeed funny from all perspectives.

  • Helen

    Most of the people I know who have mental illnesses, including my son and the clients at the MH clinic where I used to work, find this list hilariously funny both as a way to laugh at their own experiences, and as a sly commentary on the preconceptions and stigmas they encounter.

  • Angela Gia Moldovsky

    This is exactly what I needed to read!!!! I so needed a good laugh!!!!

  • Denyse

    I’ve read this before, when I was involved with a bunch of email support lists it went around quite a bit, but it still makes me laugh. Like Reader’s Digest says “laughter is the best medicine” and it really is. Laughter helps you heal. (I’m bipolar, and I have attention deficit disorder too, sufferred through a bunch of phobias)

  • maggie

    There’s a little chick that I know that is a bipolar schizophrenic and I affectionately call her “Voices” we really enjoyed this list together and thought it was really funny!!!

  • kim

    Thank you, Therese and all contributors for this site. The amusing article on Christmas disorders and carols was a delight. Having endured mental illness most of my life, I’ve found a sense of humor makes all the difference. My children are also afflicted. We use humor with love all the time to support one another and cope.

  • Donna

    where is the one for bi-polar

  • Your Name


  • Your Name

    Just wanted to say, I find this to be funny. My daughter Virginia was Schizo-effective. She had, 5 personalities, heard voices, bi-polar with depression, bi-polar with anxiety, and seziures. I had her for 27 years, 14 with mental illness, She comitted suicide on Aug 19th, 2009. I miss her alot but this brought a smile to my face. She was 90% of this post. They say with her mental illness, people live about 12 years after they learn they have it. I had her for 14 years , I feel very lucky. I hope everyone has a great new year.

  • mike williams

    Recently, my family went out Christmas caroling. It was then we realized my cousin Bubba was dyslexic. We were all holding our hymnals singing “Noel, Noel” and he was singing “Leon, Leon.”

  • Darlene

    Again I say that though many find this funny, a few are deeply offended. Some say lets hope there are no killjoys. Hmmm….so does one go with the majority and because more find it funny then too bad for those who may feel hurt?
    It is like the ones who pick fun at one kid at school and the majority join in too encourage and laugh just because it is easier to be part of the majority than to stand up for what is right. That is how bullys gain an audience and thrive by the encouragement of others.
    I don’t believe this is meant as a bullying situation however I find it interesting that people so easily cast aside the feelings of those who say it offends them….that lacks compassion. That then becomes self serving as a means of a 1 minute laugh versus showing compassion and understanding to those who may be suffering.
    Come on people, it is time the human race look outside themselves and stand up for what they truly believe in. How will we ever find peace in this world if we ignore the suffering of another just for a 10 second laugh.

  • brandon

    dude wheres the one for ptsd? this is great by the way i have some of those disorders its ture some of those or like that dude even adha hahahaha


    I have to agree with Darlene whole heartedly that if we all join in the fun when we don’t share the humor we are doing ourselves an injustice. We dont all share the same sense of humor when it comes to others down falls. I suffer with anxiety & depression and i dont think im always a fuddy duddy but i felt dissapointed this forum was used to make light of mental illness.

  • Holly

    I think this post was very funny and I suffer from depression and anxiety and possibly ptsd, still going to therapy to figure it all out. However, if we all can’t laugh at ourselves, no matter what issues we have (and let’s face it, everyone has issues) then what kind of life do we have?
    I say live a little, laugh a lot and enjoy life no matter what you suffer from, put a positive spin on it and enjoy!
    Happy New Year to all.

  • Paul

    the Bible tells us that Laughter is a good medicine. I pray that someone got healed by these silly remarks.

  • aura

    I really enjoyed it,sometimes people really don’t know what mental disorder are nor know how to deal with the loved ones suffering not from one but many mental disorders just like I have.This article makes it easy and fun to show people more or less how I feel at certain times…

  • Liz

    This definitely made me smile. I suffer from anxiety and clinical depression, it’s hard to see the humor in things and life sometimes. I too feel we should be able to laugh at ourselves.
    I wish there was a song for my ailments….I’d sing it all the time!
    Happy New Year!

  • blanche

    I needed a laugh. 2009 was bad the 2nd 6 months. My alcoholism flared up and my bipolar was out of control. I learned in church today, New Year, New You (and No Alcohol).
    Happy New Year to all.

  • Jill

    lol that was great, I’m a little late in reading it though. :)

  • Jill

    I just wanted to add something for the people who got offended…relax it’s not like she was singling out a person in your life or something! I’m ever so slowly trying to finish my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (SIX math classes are keeping me away even though I only have one more psych class lol) and I thought this was hilarious and a great refresher for me as to how the different diseases are expressed. I hope you don’t get in trouble for this Therese, and I’d advise you to take the nasty comments with a “water off a duck’s back” approach.
    P.S. To all the people reiterating and pompously parading their Xtianity, remember we all have our own reasons for the season! 😉

  • Darlene

    There may come a time when some people who were offended may find this funny and maybe not. There is nothing wrong with that. It is where they are at the moment in their life. Maybe they have just gone through a most difficult time in their lives and they may not be at the same place you are ( those who got a laugh). That does not make them wrong or boorish or anything…it balances the scale. It would be a boring world and not much change if everyone were the same at the same time. Compassion is the key to life and we need lots more of it. A Psychology major is great and good luck with that….is it for the money or for the care of others that you choose to counsel others. You will soon learn that each human who passes through your door will be different and at a different place. You will not be able to treat them all the same and get the same results…it does not work that way. You cannot expect that because you are in a cheery place so to should everyone else be and that is how life goes on a day to day basis. That is reality. There is much to learn from real life and human experience. This jingle is not life altering material but rather a simple bit of sarcasm to gain attention. Was the intent really for the greater good? I don’t think it gave any long term benefits. Laughter can be had in other ways without taking the chance to offend or hurt others. She ought to have written about herself and her own life because that is within her rights. yes we can all say lighten up and laugh away plights and ignore the hurts of a few to gain another stroke of the ego; that is why the world is messed up. People in positions of power or at least perceived power, have the ability to be fair and kind and considerate and yes COMPASSIONATE to all. why can that not be a priority in everyone’s life. Perhaps that would bring us the Peace we all want.

  • Angie

    That’s was great :) I enjoyed that

  • John

    Darlene is good at telling us what we should find funny but has she actually asked anyone if they are offended by this. I think she is the one trying to “gain another stroke of the ego”.
    I found it funny even though I am in one or more of those catagories.
    If she is offended then she should have read the appology at the beginning and not read any further.
    Why does she think she has the right to censor what I read?

  • Mary Anne Thompson

    Ok everyone please lighten up! This is a NO DRAMA zone. We ALL have enough on our plates with it being the Holiday Season, the imbalances that we all suffer from or we would not be on this site. Therese has posted this yrs prior. IF u took the time to look at the over 100 comments some were from yrs past. This is NOT the 1st time this particular “ditty” as someone called it has been shared.
    Second, Therese does name her own disorder and even did a VIDEO that she posted last yr of the 12 Bipolar Days of Christmas. She like some of you can laugh at herself. Those of you who take this so personally need more therapy, education, exposure to those of us who have dealt with either our own or a family members disorders. Speaking from a place of caring for my Schizophrenic Mother for 20 yrs, watching my Father when I was a young girl go through shock treatments because back then they did not have diagnosis and meds that they prescribe today….for whatever his particular imbalance was I feel qualified to comment on the subject of Mental Illness. My Uncle committed suicide the same day I was born, my Father had to leave my Mothers bedside to go help him Mother prepare for his brothers funeral. I have buried my Father, am currently watching my Mother decline from Dementia and myself reoccuring severe depression with anxiety/panic disorder as well. I take my meds, go to therapy, read books, use and friends like many here to keep going. I am having a MUCH better yr this yr than I have in the past 3 during this Holiday Season. I have started watching comedy movies, trying to incorporate more laughter and light heartedness into my life. Just a suggestion but it might be something those of you who were so critical or offended by T’s post may consider. There are alot of us out there! Please do not make such ignorant requests as Therese apologizing for something she posted WITH A WARNING! If you are in that bad of a place then you need to be somewhere besides at your computer lashing out at others. To the gentleman that said he will be leaving …..farewell….that is probably a good decision for you and will be the best for the rest of us as well.
    I wish everyone a truly BLESSED season, more laughter, love and understanding. I love you Therese, as someone else already stated please don’t let some of these folk make you feel bad for the post. We cannot let someone pull us down and unless we allow them to, give them our power and you have worked too long, too hard on your recovery for that! Hugs and kudo’s
    Mary Anne

  • Teri CA

    What a great post Therese! One of the many things I’ve learned with Bipolar disorder, is finding the ability to laugh at things, including everyday things. Laughter is the great healer. Even with mental/emotional disorders. Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself, and there seems to be a strict ego, that questions everything I say–before I say it, like, “is this an appropriate thing to say or is it the illness talking?”
    Still laughing at your post.

  • SouthernLiving

    Honestly, people have the right to joke and discuss and talk about all sorts of things outside of the box of their own life experience. The simplest thing to do when one is offended by something on the internet is to close the browser window. The title of this post is enough to indicate the content, isn’t it?

  • Ekim Bbew

    Something I just realized that many may not is that this was first posted in 2007 and thus some of those who are responding to comments are responding to commenters long-gone. Darlene’s post, for example was made LAST JANUARY. She probably won’t even know anyone replied.
    As for the post itself, I’m regarding it as “inside humor”. I probably would not appreciate it if it were printed in the Reader’s Digest or posted on . But HERE it’s posted BY one of us, for OUR consumption. That’s different, AFAIAC.
    And to anyone who reads this and is offended, YOU WERE WARNED. ‘Nuff said.

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  • Jeanne

    Hello, Therese,
    This is great. I laughed and laughed.

  • Margaret

    Ah Therese, This is such a hoot !!! We have to laugh at ourselves. It is Healing.
    Blessings to you and yours, as we prepare for the coming of our Savior.

  • Monica A. Coleman

    Oh this was too funny! Thanks! I really needed to laugh out loud.

  • Crystal

    Very funny post Therese. Thanks for the laugh. It was great!

  • Kayley

    Having two kids – 1 ADHD/ODD (oppositional Defiant)
    and one ADD I sure got some incredible laughs from this! My ADHD kid would have been the one out decorating everything in sight as well. Thank you for a lovely laugh.

  • Mish

    Dave Kanofsky: You are actually inncorrect with your statement/question of suicidal rates jumping before Christmas. They actually are at their lowest. Suicide rates are the highest in summertime. I’ve have many, too many, experiences in this department and have done my fair share of research to wrap my head around such a terrible act of desparation. I have also been in the shoes of those people on many occasions. Maybe when you find yourself laughing so hard to keep yourself from falling apart, you’ll find this blog entry funny. Until then, maybe you should just not read it.

  • Gloria

    I’m glad that you apologized ahead of time. I find this offensive both in terms of mental disorders and the Christmas. I suffered terribly at the hands of an alcoholic schizophrenic-and-bipolar care-giver when I was growing up, and Christmas was always a nightmare. In my family we have a young child suffering from schizophrenia and, after several years, the right combination of meds has yet to be found. It’s a free world with free speech, so you’re free to post whatever you want to on your blog. I am one who won’t come back to read it in the future. I prefer humor that honors both people and religious beliefs.

  • cathych

    This is hilarious. Holidays are a little tough for me too, but this did make me laugh.

  • Toata

    Thank you :-) Absolutely hilarious

  • Meg

    Very creative! It’s one of those things where I sometimes find myself so frustrated at dealing with my own mental illness, and I’m at the end of my rope, that I finally have to stop and laugh because there’s nothing else I can do. It’s either laugh or cry. It’s ok to laugh once in awhile!
    Thanks for the smile you put on my face with this!

  • Susan

    I been depressed long enough to just laugh at myself. This posting was awesome. As sad and serious as some of this is, you need to find some glimmer of hope and laugther in it all. Awesome!

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  • eryka

    Thank you for this. Humor’s a great thing.
    Here are the tunes (diagnoses) I will be singing this holiday season:
    1. Schizophrenia — Do You Hear What I Hear?
    2. Multiple Personality Disorder — We Three Kings Disoriented Are
    5. Manic — Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and…..
    6. Paranoid — Santa Claus is Coming to Town to Get Me
    7. Borderline Personality Disorder — Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire
    8. Personality Disorder — You Better Watch Out, I’m Gonna Cry, I’m Gonna Pout, Maybe I’ll Tell You Why
    9. Attention Deficit Disorder — Silent night, Holy oooh look at the Froggy – can I have a chocolate, why is France so far away?
    10. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder — Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells….
    With Love;

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    Number ll would be cute if oppositonal defiant disorder existed. The parnoid one was cute

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