What do you think about mental illness?Watch
Is your name Jessika too? Bless you, you must be so proud of that .
In response to your cake though, no, not everyone is neurotypical. But not everyone has heart conditions, yet they seem to be understood perfectly fine. Would you make a heart attack survivor a cake with a message mocking their condition on top? No, I didn't think so.
Also, mental illnesses are not a choice.
Anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot. Very few topics where I'm not open to other points of view, and this is one of them.
I have dx of complex ptsd, which I'm open about. People still think it's something I have a choice over. That I'm "choosing" to dwell on traumatic events and "there's people who have been through worse". Very recently I fell out with a friend because they give me no room to have memory loss and cognitive dysfunctions even though my full diagnosis (which they know and understand through their job) shows that I am impaired that way.
So this topic is completely relevant. And in broader sense there are many people who confuse depression with sadness, believe bipolar is simply mood swings, believe ptsd is just for soldiers etc etc
Don't even get me started on people whose replies to people in distress are 'Just get over it', 'Try to cheer up', and 'Go ask for antidepressants/prozac'. Absolute ****ing idiots.
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The way I see it, you can get apathetic and then slide into decline, but there are things you can do to help yourself, sometimes the external factors are beyond your control/too overwhelming though so IDK
]I think it's real, but I don't think it's an illness[/b] - it's something that's a part of you, that you can't help.
I honestly wish mental health was understood more, I've heard people at school 'flinging around' terms that they don't understand and think it's all a joke, and it makes me so upset as this just dimishes the whole thing
I feel like those who don't think that they are have never actually experienced one or appreciated how they can affect a person's ability to live.
The 'mental illness is choice' theory is just ridiculous in my opinion. Why would anyone choose to put themselves in that much pain? Surely making the conscious decision to not be happy would mean they do not have a healthy mind anyway, which just counteracts that silly argument.