Well hello! Welcome to my thoughts and feelings.
This is my first ever blog post, and I thought I should write about something that means a lot to me: the world's take on mental health.
I feel like I should explain why this topic is important to me and the explanation is very simple. I suffer from depression, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety (all that has effected my life in many ways for a while now). But, enough about me. I'm about to start my rant.
Mental health is a big part of society. This isn't news to the world, but these past years it's become less taboo to talk about it. This is of course a good thing, but with good news come bad news. In this case the bad news are delivered through the social media.
When you tell someone that you suffer from a mental disorder you probably tell them about some of the symtoms as well, to which they most likely will respond "oh, maybe I have that too". And you're left wanting to punch them in the face, because believe me, it won't be the first or last time you're going to hear that.
Now all over social media it's become some what of a trend to post photos or sad quotes about anxiety and depression because of the attention and pity that comes with it. But let me break it to you:
- It is not fun to suffer from a mental disorder.
- Believe it or not, it is hard to deal with.
- You do not, under any circumstances, get to tell us "To snap out of it, it's just a little anxiety" because you do not know what we go through every day.
The anxiety you feel when you're nervous before going to school, is not the same when you deal with social anxiety, depression or agoraphobia (etcetera).
By "faking" a mental illness you will, without knowing it, make the world think that it's not a real problem. Everyone will think it's just something troubled teens or adults make up to blame their "problems" on something.
Mental health should absolutely not be ignored. But it should not be known to the world as something you pretend to suffer from for the sake of attention.
To end this post I just want to say if you know someone who suffers from a mental illness the best thing you can do is to be there for them and show them that you care. Be supportive. Spread the word. Send this to friends and family, make the world listen.
Dealing with Panic Attacks & Anxiety