I’m going to get a little personal on this post. I have generalized anxiety disorder. What this means is that I’m constantly worrying about irrational things. I don’t mind speaking to people about this because I don’t feel like it is something I need to hide. My disorder doesn’t change who I am and certainly doesn’t change our relationship.
What is annoying is when people mock and do not recognize mental illnesses. Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar disorder, Anorexia, and other mental diseases are just as real as other disorders. When someone has cancer, it is recognized, sympathized, and mockery is frowned upon. Why isn’t that the case for mental disorders? Is it because of the social stigma that someone is “crazy” or “making it up” because their brain’s chemicals are skewed and that others can’t see the physical aspects?
I am a little biased on this topic but I felt like it was one that needed to be brought up. I hope I will never know how it feels to have cancer but I try to sympathize with what they are going through. Why can’t this be done with mental disorders? Why does someone have to take their own life before it is recognized as legitimate by their friends and family? Would you ignore diabetes or a broken bone? Just because you can’t comprehend their disorder does not mean you should mock it or tell them they are “faking it for attention”. Demonizing mental illnesses is annoying.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with any type of mental disorder then please feel free to visit http://www.nami.org/ for support or questions.