So I’m really tired and unable to sleep, so I’m gonna say a thing and you can agree or disagree or get angry. I don’t really care.
Here’s the deal, tumblr.
Mental health? That’s important. Accepting that you struggle with depression/anxiety/social anxiety/eating disorders/whatever is also important.
Having days when you feel down? Not having depression (I’m not debating the use of the word “depressed” in a “I’m feeling super depressed today” sort of way. You can feel depressed without having clinical depression. Same applies with anxious, etc). Feeling nervous about a test? Not having anxiety. Getting uncomfortable in situations with people you don’t know? Not social anxiety.
Having any of these things also doesn’t make you a special snowflake.
Can we please stop fucking glamorizing mental health issues? I have struggled with my own, I have worked in a psychiatric hospital. I have seen it all. I’m sick of it being the “in” thing to have depression, to self-injure, to have anxiety.
Please stop demeaning everyone who struggles with their mental health by acting like it’s some sort of old boy’s club. This isn’t a game.
I don’t even know where I’m going with this, but I’m sick of seeing mental health posts that are like “it’s okay to be X, Y, Z.” Yeah, it’s okay. It’s okay, but get help. Talk to someone you trust before you end up hurting yourself in one way or another.
Stop attributing your general malaise or nervousness to a major psychological disorder because you know what? It’s hard enough to go to someone and say “Hey, I need help. I’m depressed” without them going “Yeah, man, me too.”
I no longer have any idea where I started out with this and I probably contradicted myself a half dozen times in one sentence.
tl;dr: Mental health issues are real. If you don’t have them, count yourself lucky. Having mental health issues on tumblr does not make you a special snowflake and stop acting like it does. Especially if you don’t actually have mental health issues.