Panic disorder isn’t a trend. There is no special treatment with a mental illness.
I’m going to try writing this post without starting to violently punch capital letters into my keyboard but I can’t promise that. I’ve put off writing this post for a long time because I knew that I’d just start pointing out every reason I hate humanity. Harsh, but true. So, I’m apologising in advance for any harsh comments.
Why Faking a Mental Illness is never Ok:
It is not a trend: Suffering with panic disorder is not suddenly a trend because somebody with a lot of followers announces they have been diagnosed with it for a long time. People suddenly think, ‘Hang on, I’ve felt nervous before, I must suffer with it too!’ And jump on this bandwagon (Scottish phrase? 😂). Feeling a bit self conscious about your body does not result in an immediate diagnosis of body disphormia. Suffering with a mental illness is not ‘cool’ and ‘different’. Having pneumonia isn’t ‘cool’ so why is suffering in your head so different? Struggling with a mental illness is absoloute hell and people claiming to have suffered because they once turned down a meal or got a bit nervous are seriously belittling these serious conditions that people actually suffer with, and it also prevents people seeking help. It is these people who class mental health disorders as ‘trendy’ who have managed to turn seeking help and speaking about your disorder into an attention-seeking strategy. People who seriously struggle are not reaching out because of issues these people have caused, resulting in a life lost that could have been saved.
A mental illness = Hell : No, there are earlier days when initially developing a mental illness when perhaps the symptoms are not as apparent, and can often go unnoticed. However, in most cases with mental illness you’ll find that the person suffering didn’t realise they had a problem until it got seriously dangerous, or it can escalate quite quickly. Experiencing being nervous or sad is normal, and it can be stress provoking, but it is nothing to be worried about. People who suffer with anxiety disorders worry constantly, rarely experiencing a day without excessively worrying or panicking. Suffering with a mental illness is absoloute hell and doesn’t usually tie in with getting a bit worried now and then.
Nobody who’s actually struggling uses their illness for attention : It is actually usually the exact opposite which is why often people are diagnosed years into their disorder. People experiencing a mental illness (or physical illness) don’t ever use what they’re suffering with as a tool for attention (of course there are exceptions but usually with family). They also don’t overly exaggerate symptoms or even show them at all.
It’s actually really obvious if you’re faking: Chances are, if you’ve ever faked symptoms of a mental illness before or claimed to suffer with one, a lot of people around you will have people they know who have been clinically diagnosed or perhaps they have. Please be aware of this.
It can cause further problems for other people: Like,I’ve already said, Faking mental illnesses can often cause people who are genuinely struggling to ignore seeking help for their problems. This can result in a sort of ‘domino effect’. Mental health impacts everybody around you, and preventing people from seeking help, even without knowing, is not ok.
Ok,so I’ve probably said some things that might offend people and contradicted myself quite a few times but all in all,I’m trying to say that having a Mental Illness is not ‘trendy’. If you’re having a tough time with your mental health or even if you’re going through a rough patch, please feel free to message me on twitter (@recovering_ed) or let me know in the comments.
As always, stay strong and safe,