Mental Illness & Its Sidekick: Social Media

I hope that few or even none will ask for the password to the previous post in which I wrote. It is full of hurt, frustration and ignorance. But to bring light to a negative situation, I wanted to share with you a quote that I came across a few days ago:

“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.” -Charles Dickens

To fill you in.. I have a hard time understanding and even believing that mental illnesses exist in the lives of many. Before you snap my head back, note what I said and I’ll reiterate it for those of you who didn’t catch it. I believe that mental illnesses exist. I believe that there are people in this world that suffer from an array of mental illnesses, of which, I pray and hope that they are able to obtain and receive the treatment and help that they need.

However, I don’t believe that everyone who claims to suffer from a mental illness does. And equally, I think there are people that have illnesses and out of denial, chose not to seek help.

But..

I’m so sick of people using various mental illnesses as excuses. As an excuse to stop something, to never complete tasks. An excuse to not work or function like a member of society. An excuse to give up. An excuse to hurt people and an excuse to be selfish. It’s sickening and I honestly think that it’s the reason I have an extreme lack of empathy for mental illness as whole. For those who (in my opinion) abuse the severity of mental illnesses.

Keep in mind that I do agree and believe that there are people who this affects greatly. People who literally cannot function appropriately. People who cannot overcome their illness even if they desired to.

But I do know people who can help themselves. People who Google search symptoms and self-diagnose. Anxiety, depression, bi-polar; those of you who do not suffer from it in a mentally debilitating way, stop for the love of everything holy, using it as an excuse. You’re not helping yourself or society. Just because you had a bad day or a bad week does not mean you are mentally sick.

If you seriously do suffer from a mental illness and can get help, get fucking help. If you are given options to stop hurting yourself and those around you, fucking get help. Stop being selfish, stop looking for pity, stop making excuses. Get. Help.


And this brings me back to my original quote. Although I don’t understand and may never, I do want to applaud the family members of those who are consistently being there for their loved ones with mental illnesses. Without you, those suffering may have no one in their corner. If you haven’t already, and even if you have, please never ever stop encouraging them to get help for themselves and for those around them.

“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.” -Charles Dickens

After reading what I wrote, some of it might contradict itself but it’s still worth sharing.  This post isn’t about those truly suffering from a mental illness. The only reason I brought this to light is because I recently witnessed a mental illness “down” and it gave me a new perspective. I viewed someone I’ve watched grow up my whole life, totally differently and it made me question everything I did and didn’t know about mental illnesses.

This post is about those that “brag” on social media that they can’t do this and can’t do that because of anxiety. Those that look for pity and claim to suffer from major depression because their car died on the side of the road. Those that give mental illness a bad name and take away from the severity of what is really on the table.

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