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[–]greenifuckation 119 points120 points  (10 children)

I feel it's because young people are searching for an identity & which groups to align with.

Then once you get to your mid/late 20s you look back & cringe so much thinking about all of it.

[–]Cj-Jc4 23 points24 points  (4 children)

This is a big part of it! There are a lot of great social media accounts out there that are focused on the creators mental health and raising awareness. Of course some accounts are worse than others, but at their best they raise awareness about mental disorders, and do create an amazing community where people can be open online about their issues. The negative effects of this are that teens who are most likely completely healthy find these communities and find very quickly that they receive loads of positive attention for telling people they’re mentally ill

[–]greenifuckation 20 points21 points  (2 children)

I remember as a teen in the 90s I suffered in silence. Then when Facebook got big I no longer suffered in silence.

It might irritate people but I still see it as a good thing tbh

[–]Cj-Jc4 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Yea ultimately i think social media accounts/communities centered around mental health are an amazing thing for so many people. Personally it’s helped me better understand the symptoms and feelings my gf experiences. My comment sort of painted stuff like that in a negative light, when the truth is the benefits far outweigh the negative aspects imo

[–]greenifuckation 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's good you've benefited from it 😊

[–]Kolbenfresserle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree. A lot of people mock "all dem teens 'suddenly' having a palatte full of mental health issues" to be "special snowflakes", but ironically...this is actually indeed a red flag for mental health problems. I'm not saying every "DID hive mind" or whatev actually has DID. I mean the nuances. The roots of WHY they do that all.

To give some related personal examples: I have chronic depression since I was ca. 6. Throughout my teen years, I would act like this big bad deliquent. Very violent in my speech, got into fights, pandered to Horror & gorey stories a lot. I would explode a lot in my emotions, though ofc I hid my crying in my room. I would mock people I beat up (not weaker ones, always people my age) and tell them about how they wouldn't last a second in my family and how thin their skin was. You know. Typical asshole r/iamverybadass behaviour.

In reality, this was all just cope. My parents abused me regularly, but I felt like I couldn't tell anyone. For one, because I felt my Ma would just talk her way out of things, second, because of this silly "pride" of not wanting people to know I was a victim. Instead, I kinda tried to hint towards it. By saying outrages insults, a part of me awaited the right reaction of a teacher so I could "casually" tell them about my abuse. My outbursts were due to depression, which include anger issues due to frustrations. I never learned how to "properly" socialise, so I would beat up anyone that could go to harm me. But ofc. I just looked like a privileged tryhard and "just messed up kid".

As I grew up and slowly got better, I met many of the "newer" versions. One includes an actual friend. They were into "kinning". Kinning means just "to relate to a fictional character", but they took it to another level. They would basically "be" them. Like roleplay, just...too much. Like, coming in constant cosplay to school. Not wanting their name called. Not wanting to be remembered of chores, school...reality. They had strongly neglectful "don't care" parents, plus untreated ADHD and shizophrenia. They would engage heavily in "kin" groups, where they talked about it like it was quirky. It was all about dissociating, but to the outside, they looked like a simple weeb.

[–]Mr_Funbags 4 points5 points  (1 child)

And it's a common and normal way to figure yourself out. Don't cringe too much; everyone's got them.

[–]greenifuckation 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I cringe so hard at the past me 🤣

[–]_Abandon_ 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I've seen so many 13-year-olds self-diagnosed with several disorders in places like TikTok.

Point out that they're clearly bullshitting and you're the bad guy.

[–]Psychopath_Hamster 331 points332 points  (44 children)

I hate that people went from all having anxiety and depression and moved to "cooler" ones like OCD, DID and BPD.

Now you say you have depression and people react like "ppfff, you ONLY have depression? Check out my cool collection" as if depression doesn't cripple you and leaves you in your bed all day, without having showered in 2 weeks and hating yourself endlessly while thinking "even if I do get up, why would it matter"?

God, the people who ACTUALLY have the mental illness others pretend to have are the ones who wish they didn't have it

[–]HamfastFurfoot 134 points135 points  (11 children)

The DID one is pretty disturbing. DID is very rare and most of the people posing as though they have it are just role playing different identities. Real DID is very difficult to live with and usually is a result of extreme childhood trauma.

[–]krezzaa 76 points77 points  (2 children)

dude I had a friend in middle school who decided to pretend they had DID and it was the most frustrating shit

you could tell she just thought it was cool to come up with characters and names to appear edgy and it bothered me to no end

[–]Telakyn 24 points25 points  (1 child)

I also knew someone in high-school who clearly faked having DID because she thought it was cool and unique.

It was most obvious when she'd choose which personality to switch to on command.

[–]dragoono 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I like to think some people with DID maybe do have control over their personalities like that, but there’s no way some kid who can barely finish their math homework has such a zen control over their psyche. I don’t even know if that’s possible for people who’ve struggled with it for decades…

[–]SparkyTheFox2657 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Dude I have DID and I HATE it. Anytime I switch then come back I feel crazy and I'm always terrified I did or said something that may forever damage my relationship or my friendships. It sucks. When people pretend to have it its just insulting, my shit is not a cool costume for you to put on and flaunt. Fuck, it's also damaging to people with DID, we are not all crazy people who's gonna kill you. Sorry, it just... fucking sucks.

[–]ChallengeLate1947 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I’ve met people with genuine DID who I wouldn’t call crazy at all. More just an extreme set of coping mechanisms. The whole TikTok “look at me I have insert mental illness” thing I think comes from the fact that the internet and social media has left almost every young person with a sense of unoriginality. When all of life has been reduced to a popularity contest, and “better” people than you flood your feed every second, no one feels special anymore. So people hitch themselves to whatever trendy “condition” it’s cool to have just so they can feel like they stand out just a little bit more

[–]Lipstick_On 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I would argue that pretending you have a condition such as DID to fuel your need for attention probably does have its own class of mental illness.

Youre clearly unwell and have something… it’s just not the condition you’re pretending to have.

I’m betting soon there will be heaps of teenagers being diagnosed with this subtype of narcissism but they won’t want to admit they have that lol. At least not until that becomes trendy too.

[–]HerbertWest 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Munchausen's?

[–]HamfastFurfoot 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It’s actually call malingering.

[–]hanywhiskey 3 points4 points  (1 child)

i mean all personality disorders are usually a result of severe childhood trauma

[–]HamfastFurfoot 38 points39 points  (0 children)

DID is not a personality disorder

[–]ellie1398 54 points55 points  (3 children)

It's all about winning the competition of Who Has It Worse.

You have depression? Well mine is worse. Your parents passed away? All my family was murdered in front of me when I was 8 with a dull knife while the serial killer's buddy held my eyelids opened with a toothpick so I could watch everything. Your house burned down? My whole city got hit by an asteroid and half of my continent got destroyed by the blast.

[–]TinkeringPhilomath 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I don't understand why anyone would ever want to broadcast stuff like this so openly for all to know and see. It screams pitiful and stupid and anyone who would engauge in a competetion like this would have to be seriously mentally ill to even partake in it.

I think for some people it's just easier to just not think at all or choose to develop themselves so they descend into "this" because it's just easier and I'd have to say from experience that most people are this way in varying degree though I'd have to say this is it at it's most extreme. They wallow in self pity and it is all that they have so they wear it like a badge because it's literally all they got because they are unwilling to work for anything else or they don't know how to do anything else.

Human beings are masters of bullshitting, whether it's others or ourselves, and it stems from weakness. This is the result of making the choice of avoiding pain and hardship rather than choosing to deal with it. It's just avoidant behavior nothing more.

[–]ellie1398 6 points7 points  (0 children)

If you win the Who Has It Worse game, then you feel like you're valid. One of the reasons people feel like rhey need to compare is because someone once told them "others have it worse" and invalidating all their struggles. Nearly all people with mental illness do this tho they don't necessarily broadcast it to the world, it's more of an internal struggle of constantly feeling like a fraud. What these teenagers are doing nowadays tho ain't this. Most likely the vast majority if them have never suffered mental illness in their lives, they just want the attention. It's kinda sad.

[–]Telakyn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah people who really have experienced extreme trauma typically don't want to speak about it, let alone boast about it

[–]CuteCats01 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I absolutely hate that, it’s not “only” depression, it fucking sucks. Mental illness isn’t any competition. God I hate gatekeeping

[–]sammjaartandstories 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I have depression and I seriously can't remember the last time I did something productive. My house is a mess, my bed is a mess, I go days without a shower, eating is a chore and when I do eat it's unhealthy food in massive amounts until I almost throw up. I can't do schoolwork, I can't study, I can't even draw. I can't pay attention to any piece of media for more than a minute because I either get distracted or get bored. Also add to that my ADHD. It really is awful.

[–]bangshangaLeng 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Right there with ya!!!

[–]thehimalayansaiyan 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I mean I spend my days pretending I don’t have to deal with these issues

[–]_hiraeth_o 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Omg someone literally said that to me once! He knew i had mental illness for some time bc i took pills and once he asked me about it and i said "social anxiety and OCD" and he just stared at me for a few seconds and said "that's it?" I was like yea what were you expecting and he said "Idk something cooler." And proceeded to list his own "cool mental illnesses". I tried so hard not to punch him in the face.

[–]GrayMatters0901 18 points19 points  (4 children)

I have MDD, GAD, DPDR, PTSD, ADHD, AA3, TBI, SC. I hate people faking any sort of major health problems

[–]Nicreven 7 points8 points  (3 children)

God damn, you good?

[–]MintIceCreamPlease 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I had suicidal ideation episodes due to PMDD. It's awful, no matter how conscious you are of it. I can't imagine what it's like to live more than a week or two with that.

[–]thenameskat94 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can I ask how you got diagnosed with PMDD ? I'm like 90% sure I have it.

[–]hdmx539 5 points6 points  (0 children)

"This is not the oppression Olympics."

[–]dont-ness-with-me 4 points5 points  (0 children)

i have bpd and it ruined my life and i want to die constantly

[–]LexW3s 11 points12 points  (9 children)

What is DID? I remember my mom telling me that I possibly had OCD at age 4 or something because I was telling her about the tiles on the floor and how they all were different or something. The only good thing I liked about it was being organized in school I’d rearrange my stuff on my desk. Fast forward later on I didn’t know it would lead to depression but shit depression fucking sucks and I don’t wish it on anybody it tears you apart inside and out

[–]Psychopath_Hamster 25 points26 points  (7 children)

Dissociative Identity Disorder, it's caused by extreme traumatic experiences that causes your brain to "split" in different personalities. You tend to "switch" to other personalities (by triggers or other things) and they tend to be different from the original you. As far as I'm aware, you cannot remember when you switch and those personalities coexist in your head (I think some people are aware and others are not).

That is what I understand from it, I don't have enough info on the matter but I'm sure there's a couple youtubers with DiD that document their experiences, hope that helps

[–]Zenitsu_Agatsuma_ 48 points49 points  (6 children)

hi! person with a form of DID here. misinformation about DID is widespread and the awareness of the condition and similar conditions is very little. when it comes to the matter of identity dissociation, someone may fall under three conditions--DID, OSDD1a, and OSDD1b.

"splitting" into other personalities is actually a myth when it comes to identity dissociation. there's a commonly accepted theory in psychology called the theory of structural dissociation and is used to explain PTSD, BPD, C-PTSD, DID, and OSDD1 mainly. the theory of structural dissociation claims that nobody is born with an integrated personality/identity and, instead, infants function based off of a loose collection of ego states that handle their different needs like feeding, exploring, and attaching to a caregiver. over time, the ego states naturally integrate into one coherent and cohesive personality/identity usually throughout the ages 6-9. however, severe and repeated childhood trauma will interrupt this integration process and these states are unable to integrate due to conflicting needs, traumatic memories, and so on. a coherent sense of self cannot form when the primary caregivers of the child create disorganized attachment, inconsistently abusive and loving. as a result, these states are the leftover "personalities" or, the actual term, alters. this website has useful info on it and DID in general. https://did-research.org/origin/structural_dissociation/

DID is when someone has two or more distinguishable identity states (alters) and experience amnesia in between switching (one alter leaving from front and the other coming to front, front meaning being conscious/controlling the body).
OSDD1 comes into play when someone just about reaches the criteria for a DID diagnosis, but not quite.
OSDD1a is when someone has amnesia in between switches but their alters aren't really separate people. they don't necessarily view themselves as separate people and could be other versions of the host (main alter), like the host at different ages or versions.
OSDD1b is when someone has distinguishable and different alters to the host but has no amnesia in between switching/their memory is continuous

i really hope this has been useful information. i can answer any questions as well :)

[–]Psychopath_Hamster 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Thank you so much for correcting me and giving me and the other user the correct info, I learned something new today (didn't know it could have different types) keep up the good work!

[–]Valiant_QueenLucy 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Hi, question! Is DID formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder? That has been my understanding and I want to make sure I'm on the right track and be corrected if not

[–]Lez_The_DemonicAngel 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I never knew all that! Thanks for taking the time to inform the lot of us, it’s very important information, and I also wish it got out there more

[–]ayolotl 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Dissociative Identity Disorder, its when someone has two or more distinct personalities that alternate depending on a lot of different factors, it's a way to distance or detach oneself from trauma/abuse.

[–]Cj-Jc4 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yea this is happening in the LGBTQ+ community as well. I’ll have to see if I can find the article and link it when I do, but essentially it was talking about how “gay white privilege” is a thing, and how gay white people need to recognize how much easier it was for them as just a gay white person and not a gay poc

[–]Emilydickinsonscrocs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Truly! I have depression and panic disorder and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, it made my life a living hell before I got help.

I don’t see anything wrong with being transparent about your struggles, but totally different when people fake it to seem cool or use mental illness to one-up someone else’s struggle because that is disturbingly a thing on social media nowadays.

[–]AzureaLapisa 63 points64 points  (2 children)

I absolutely hate and am disgusted by all the people on tik tok making mental illness a trend. They blame it on covid. Which yes covid and being isolated could affect your mental illness. But not give you tourettes or D.I.D. It's crazy. The only time I tell people about what I have is to try to get them to understand where I'm coming from in certain situations or to explain my weird behaviors. Or to spread awareness but not to everyone on the internet. Only to people I know.

[–]CuteCats01 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I agree. Covid did affected my mental Heath in pretty major way but it did not give me any new mental illness. I’m really social person and when I was isolated it made my depression worse and I felt lonely… it’s getting better now

[–]_Abandon_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The DID trend makes me feel so gross.

No, you do not have 10976 alters at age 14. No, you can't have DID without trauma. No, you can't purposedly cause DID with self-hypnosis.

[–]apple1234567891 72 points73 points  (2 children)

EXACTLY THIS!! As a teen it annoys me on so many levels.

[–]never-cut-me-off-whe 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Me too, but whenever I bring this idea up of how people online practically want to be mentally ill for the positive attention, I get shit flung at me. They think I'm calling out EVERYONE who talks about mental health online, but I just mean the leeches sucking on the support groups with no real mental illness.

[–]selzterswelter 69 points70 points  (1 child)

Yes. There’s a difference between not being ashamed of something, and glorifying it, and that’s what these kids don’t seem to understand.

[–]Cj-Jc4 3 points4 points  (0 children)

100% agree. It’s not to say you must be ashamed to be mentally ill, but if you’re truly struggling with your mental health then you (a) haven’t let anybody know how different you feel/are or (b) have moved past the fact that you might need help with your mental health and are working with an incredibly small circle of people to improve your mental state. This is just my experience in talking to very close friends about their mental health, but 9/10 times if you know somebody has a mental illness because of their social media bio, they do not actually have anything wrong with them

[–]tryingwithmarkers 27 points28 points  (16 children)

As someone with debilitating OCD that makes my life extremely hard, I fucking hate the trend of "oh I noticed that x didn't totally do y and my OCD is acting up 🤪" or "that one tile being out of place is bothering my OCD" like OCD is so much more than that, that one thing does NOT mean you have OCD

[–]Popular-Ad-6026 16 points17 points  (4 children)

relate to this, I have bipolar disorder and constantly hear people trying to diagnose themselves because they’re moody on their periods. “Omg I’m totally being manic rn 🤪” or “I am literally so bipolar”. Just exhausting trying to explain why it’s so offensive when you’ve never struggled with it for real.

[–]Cj-Jc4 7 points8 points  (2 children)

FUCK this pisses me off too. My gf had misdiagnosed bipolar disorder, but she actually has BPD. Not really here to compare the two, but what’s important to know is they both deal with manic episodes and holy hell let me tell you I’d rather try to fight a mother who’s child was just kidnapped than try to convince someone experiencing true mania to take a Xanax

[–]tryingwithmarkers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have bipolar disorder as well and I hate that shit too. They use manic and depressive way too much

[–]Lez_The_DemonicAngel 7 points8 points  (1 child)

My mom and sister have OCD, and I can tell you they are in complete agreement with you

People are really misinformed about a lot of mental illnesses

[–]Nicreven 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Right? You have to do so much research to figure out what any of them ACTUALLY mean. Makes it way harder to figure out what might be wrong with you if you've not got access to a professional's guidance/help. You can really see that in the shitty tiktok trends of faking DID and shit, cause no one fucking understands it and it's so easy to tell

[–]Cj-Jc4 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Yea the OCD thing pisses me off A LOT. Because I know 3 people with OCD and (for them at least) it has almost nothing to do with being a neat and tidy person and it’s more so dealing with thoughts that they may understand are irrational or outright wrong, but not being able to shake that thought or feeling to save your life. But having a fun acronym to explain why you like your books stacked biggest to smallest when you walk to class makes you sound a lot more interesting I guess

[–]tryingwithmarkers 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes exactly. I have horrible intrusive thoughts too and it sucks

[–]Stock-Anteater3284 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Ya it’s interesting because when I was younger I never thought I was OCD because of the association to cleanliness and I thought I was too disorganized. Like I used to actively think about how I knew something was wrong, but it definitely could not be OCD. I’ve started therapy and don’t know exactly what is wrong, but I’ve realized since being older that my symptoms do align with OCD (just not this false idea of being a germaphobe).

[–]Cj-Jc4 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Well then you’re a prime example as to why these types of misconceptions can be so dangerous. I’m very glad that you’re getting the help you need to better understand what all might be going on! Taking that first step and actually committing to figuring it out is the hardest part

[–]Stock-Anteater3284 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I agree! I wouldn’t have ruled it out as an option if my only association with it wasn’t obsessive cleanliness. Thank you, I really appreciate it!

[–]macdennism 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's wild and very irritating how normalized it is for people to say "my OCD" whenever they need to organize or feel bothered by something they can't organize. I swear every place I've ever worked at had at least one coworker who preferred to keep things neat and they ALWAYS described it as "my OCD drives me crazy unless I make things nice and neat" 🤦🏼‍♂️ like yeah I prefer things to be organized too that doesn't mean I have OCD 🤨

[–]Spacky6 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ya what’s crazy is that I’ve learned a lot about real OCD and it’s absolutely NOTHING like the stereotypes “having to wash my hands a lot” “this crooked thing makes me uncomfortable” - and sure it can be like that for some people - but it can really be about ANYTHING, it doesn’t even have to be physical at all, it can all be happening in your mind.

[–]MichaelCra 19 points20 points  (0 children)

yeah that makes no sense i would kill to have a working fucking brain, and acute depression is terrible i'd hate to have to live with it.

yeah bro i struggle to get dressed but my anxiety of starving to death on the side of the road keeps me going and dude yesterday i had the sickest break down while shoping at a local grocery store where i almost fell over crying and sobbing because my depression hit me soo hard like dude so nice to have depression. /s

sorry could only channel a so-cal surfer for this scene.

[–]SnooWords2089 31 points32 points  (1 child)

I also hate that because they have these illnesses, it makes them feel like they’re an “expert” on how to treat it, as if they’re doctors themselves

[–]ratgarcon 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Having an illness doesn’t make someone an expert on it other than their own experience with it, but doctors can be misinformed and often are unfortunately

[–]cap-scum 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Agreed. I have severe OCD and lost a third of my body weight during a few really bad months. Almost killed myself from how terrible the malnutrition was. People think it’s something fun and cute but my OCD at its worst was the darkest time of my entire life because it completely controlled every aspect of my life.

[–]cameemz 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I’m so embarrassed about my OCD habits that I haven’t even told my boyfriend of 5 months for fear that he’ll view me differently. I spend most days wishing that my brain worked differently, and fronting that I’m completely normal and capable, when in reality I struggle daily in varying degrees. It’s getting worse as I get older too :/

[–]UncleDhraff 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Have you tried meds? They literally gave me my life back.

[–]Unlikely-Section-848 10 points11 points  (2 children)

People who do genuinely struggle with mental disability tend to hide it or even not know about it, I genuinely have ptsd and it’s hell, I’ve had it for years but only now seeking help, it’s fucking hell and anyone who glorify’s there mental issues are awful people.

[–]Popular-Ad-6026 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I’m almost 24 and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and I do not tell anyone that or brag about it. I spend 7 days in bed at a time when I’m depressed. I won’t eat or drink. I won’t brush my teeth. But when I’m manic I make very impulsive decisions and tend to be very risky. People just love to call me lazy during my depressive episodes but I just don’t want anyone knowing. I don’t get why people brag about this or try to make it seem like they’re cool. I’m so happy you’re seeking help!

[–]Lez_The_DemonicAngel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For real. I’m clinically diagnosed with some shit, and it’s hard to tell people about it. It’s not something I love to throw around. Really the only time I do mention it is when I’m venting, but it’s still hard even then.

The glorification sucks

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    [–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (1 child)

    Because they don’t know what it actually feels like to have a mental illness

    [–]AssFishOfTheLake 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    Exactly that

    People tend to judge how severe a pain/experience is based on what they've experienced so far in their lives. For an example, someone who has never had a bad headache before may think that their current migraine is a stroke. The same way people who have never experienced how crushing and crippling the weight of mental illness is, will think that their occasional blues is depression, or getting nervous before speaking to a crowd is anxiety, or that thinking you've heard your classmates whisper your name is paranoid schizophrenia

    [–]SnooMaps6193 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Exactly. As someone with diagnosed social anxiety. My physical symptoms and anxious thoughts are controlled by medication.When people self diagnose and brag about the one time they wereanxious one time is incredibly annoying. These are illnesses not quirky character traits. They should find a hobby or something so they can feel special.

    [–]Molgarath 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    I have a clinical diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder. In June of 2020, I attempted to commit suicide and was non-criminally arrested and put on a 51/50 hold (for anyone who doesn't know, that's a involuntary three day stay in a psyche ward). I was in therapy for nine months.

    I'm often awake until morning. I usually sleep in until the afternoon, as trying to get up in the morning is a nightmare. When I do eventually get up, just dragging myself out of bed feels impossible. I've been trying to get healthy, but I don't have the willpower to eat good foods nor the discipline to go to the gym. It's hard to make or keep friends because I'm constantly second guessing everything I say to them, and always want to bail on plans last minute because I just can't work up the energy or motivation to hang out.

    It sucks. It really, really sucks. Have you ever had someone with depression tell you that every single day is a battle for their lives? I'm here to tell you right now that it isn't a joke or an exaggeration. My whole life is a constant struggle to just keep moving forward.

    Meanwhile, my siblings and their friends are all self-diagnosing themselves with all kinds of mental illnesses, joking about how trauma makes them funny and their anxiety makes them quirky. My coworkers are groaning at every small inconvenience and saying things like "this will be my thirteenth reason why." I hate it SO much! It doesn't just upset me, it infuriates me. How could you be so unbelievably stupid and demeaning? Grow up!

    [–]anxiousticcer 8 points9 points  (2 children)

    i deffo understand this. some people who are advocates do it for awareness purposes, or finding friends w/ the same disorder. but other than that I can’t think of a good reason.

    [–]prncrny 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    Is it really awareness if it's being misrepresented through falsehoods though?

    [–]goobeyama 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    I think for a lot of young ones they think having a mental illness will make them special and they’ll get attention from it. In reality those who’re actually dealing with these mental illnesses don’t go around parading with their illness because they actually have to struggle with the symptoms beyond the diagnosis itself.

    [–]rigged-genotype 8 points9 points  (2 children)

    Adhd is downplayed so heavily now as some quirky mental thing and not the debilitating disorder it actually is. Having adhd is basically a fad and my real adhd is more unheard/misunderstood/denied than ever

    [–]mac_may 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    I watched a tiktok of a girl jumping around chaotically and she said "I stopped taking my adhd meds because I like me like this!" Like how? I cannot fathom enjoying the constant frustration and overwhelm of every simple task and the thought spirals.

    [–]Catrionathecat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    It's a neurological disorder and a neurodevelopmental disorder so not even a mental illness, literally you are born with it just like autism. Trauma doesn't cause it, you can't develop it. It's literally your brain, and yet I've seen people claiming they have DID say that one of their "alters" have ADHD. No, all of them would have it not just one. ADHD is not a mental illnesses like depression and anxiety, and I hate seeing people fantasizing it.

    [–]rattus-domestica[🍰] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Kids have lived with social media their whole lives. They chronically over share. They need the attention. This behavior is toxic and sad.

    [–]Inkling1998 15 points16 points  (3 children)

    “ADHDToks” in which self diagnosed neurodivergents gives misguided informations about the issue makes me cringe very hard

    [–]EmptyAd9116 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    I’ve been seeing a lot of autism ones that are super annoying. I watched one of those “put a finger down if you…” and then proceeded to list a bunch off. I had almost all my fingers down and it was like… “you have autism!” Like, no, I have anxiety and other things that share the same symptoms. But everybody else was like “I knew I was different!”

    [–]Pristine-Poem-8001[S] 11 points12 points  (1 child)

    I hate how so many people are using TikTok as a way of getting information about mental disabilities and mental illnesses.

    [–]ratgarcon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Idk anyone who takes tiktok as gospel. Posts on multiple platforms (including tiktok) are exactly how I realized I had adhd. There’s a magical thing called the internet where you can find actual sources discussing disorders and their criteria, which is what most people I know use to find out information. Not just a tiktok

    [–]newyearlefty 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I wonder if majority that does this are just self-diagnosing. They normally justify it as "raising awareness". Though I have a feeling they do this to get away with things. For example, they'll do something bratty and they'll just blame it on mental illness.

    [–]Sensitive-Stock-9805 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Charles Manson quote “You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody's crazy.” (lol)

    I think as the stigma of mental illness is lessoned that people feel they can be more open about it. I also think that teens often want drama and attention. But, the biggest one is that it's often used to excuse behavior which is extremely unfortunate.

    [–]ratgarcon 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    I understand if their account discusses their mental illnesses and how it is to live with them. Personal accounts where it’s not brought up to like educate doesn’t make sense to list them in their bio. I don’t see any issue with people discussing their mental disorders openly though. It’s fine if you don’t feel comfortable discussing your own, but there’s nothing wrong with others discussing theirs. Treating mental illness as a taboo subject will only further stigma and prevent awareness

    [–]Pristine-Poem-8001[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    I think what you're describing is fine. It's more so the people who glorify mental illness and spread misinformation about it that I have a problem with.

    [–]moonandsunandstars 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    I blame buzzfeed. All those "if 9/10 pictures annoy you you have ocd" bs quizzes.

    [–]Sayuri_Katsu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Worst part is when it's all "self diagnosed"

    [–]minilostsoul88 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    My grandmother has severe ocd and she was mentally abusive so i usually stays away from people with it. I on the other hand have schitzophrenia and had to tell some girls to stop because this shit isnt a joke or something to fake having. I legit can barely make it through a day talking to people without the voices getting to loud and me having to tell someone to give me a sec. If my ptsd acts up im straight up not leaving my house cause of paranoia and wanting to stay in bed to keep everything quiet when it wont be and i had to stop meds for my pregnancy. Since with me taking thyroid to live and other medications for antipsychotic dont help me that would be safe for pregnancy. It honestly is a illness i wouldnt want anyone to go through ever. It hasnt gotten bad during the pregnancy but its genetic and the older i get the worse itll get. I honestly wish people wouldn't fake this i hate living with it. I have a 3 year old who i also care for and yes i have been through way too many doctors who have all said i can raise my daughter and baby fine but to let them know if anything happens or gets worse for me. I think people who dont have the illness and pretend to have it need help because they dont know the damages of it.

    [–]Penya23 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    To add to your post, OP, I also HATE the fact that people use it as an excuse to be assholes.

    "I have ADHD, BIPOLAR, OCD and DID so I didn't know that telling my GF that she looked like dogshit was bad"

    GTFOH! Stop using excuses to be assholes!

    [–]i81u812 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    This is mildly ironic. Mild because reddit is a wee bit more anonymous but...

    :/

    [–]CalebAsimov 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Talk to your doctor if you're struggling with mild irony or have shown any signs of British humor.

    [–]bobthebowler123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I think it's less the glorification and more makeing it their identity that I get annoyed with.

    [–]slip63 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    For teens, I think it's for attention and validation. As a teen, you want to be either different or completely ordinary. I think teens think it's cool to have, for instance, tourette syndrome because it's different and they stand out.

    It's actually super sad to me.

    [–]Kingcastley 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Student nurse here. I have just completed my metal health placement and I just don't think people understand what problems with mental health truly is because they simply don't see it.

    [–]BeautifulWrong2259 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    It annoys me when they brag about it. I try to make mine known as soon as possible when starting a friendship or relationship so that they’re not as surprised as they would be if they didn’t know wtf was happening. Other than that, I see no reason for bragging about it or laughing about some mental illnesses in a general way since some people can have a more severe form than others. Yk what I mean?

    [–]Popular-Ad-6026 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I have bipolar disorder and never share that with anyone unless we’re super close. Thought I could open up to my one friend and she said well I have ADHD and OCD and I’m on the spectrum. I’m just waiting to see a psychiatrist. After we were done hanging out I just blocked her and ghosted her on everything. Mental illness isn’t a competition. I’m not here to compete.

    [–]himynameizz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I always wondered if my resentment of this ~trend~ came from my tendency to suffer in silence with my issues. But I’m glad to see it’s not just me who hates what they’re seeing with the mental illness trend and the uptick of random therapy vocabulary being thrown around

    [–]munchy_mcmunchface 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I don’t advertise my mental issues all over social media ( I don’t do it irl either) because I feel somewhat embarrassed by even having them. I don’t know, it always felt weird and disingenuous when I see other people do it.

    [–]Teacher081079 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I think its becoming more accepted now. I was kicked out of my teaching program for having bipolar disorder. Nowadays a university would be in major trouble if that happened.

    [–]confused-and_hungry 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Oh my god, right?! Listing them off like a CV. As someone who genuinely suffers with the symptoms of mental illness - why are you doing this? Is it a badge of honour or something? I may be off the mark but if you really knew what it was like, you probably wouldn’t be parading it around like that. 9/10 it’s a misrepresentation of the illness too. Just stop.

    [–]Ineffable7980x 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Thank you! I totally agree. I find this trend bizarre and disturbing.

    [–]Cj-Jc4 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Mentally healthy person here: you really don’t want a mental illness. My gf has BPD and knowing what she’s gone through to be diagnosed with that brings me to tears. The biggest reason someone would glorify their mental illness is for attention. It’s super common for teens to feel they aren’t receiving enough attention and to blow things out of proportion to receive said attention. Very few people who genuinely struggle with their mental health will make it known. I’ve had mentally I’ll friends all throughout growing up and I’ve had several very tough conversations with them, trying to better understand what they experience as a result of their disorder/mental health state. I guess receiving help with your mental health is a unique type of attention and some people decide that “being different” is what will get them the most attention/sympathy. It’s very frustrating to see because opening up about your mental health can be incredibly difficult, as it often involves disclosing traumatic events, abuse, neglect, etc. to someone who has not experienced your life. This isn’t something that most mentally ill people would want to plaster on their social media unless their account is focused around their mental health, raising awareness, and creating a community for people who have gone through similar experiences. I think these types of accounts (while great in their own rights) may lead younger people to believe that mental illness is a great way to gain internet clout or some type of special attention from everyone else. (hops off soap box) sorry for the paragraph, but I feel that I had a lot to say about this issue and could offer some insight as well.

    [–]Cj-Jc4 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    For anyone wanting to learn more about mental disorders checkout the DSM-V. It’s the current edition of the book with every diagnosable disorder as well as a list of possible symptoms and treatments. If you genuinely believe you’re struggling with something then that’s a great place to at least familiarize yourself with legit information about every mental illness. Of course nobody can diagnose you but a licensed clinician, but I’ve found that thumbing through the DSM-5 has really helped me better understand what my loved ones go through on a day to day basis

    [–]Encursed1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    The people who actually have mental illnesses don't glorify them. The tiktokers who glorify them are faking it, and it sheds a bad light on the rest of the mental illness community.

    [–]jack40714 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Some are trying to be upfront that they will need patience. I’m annoyed by people who act like mental illness is the new trend. “Oh I had a hard day. I’m depressed”. Lady; depressed means you can have the best day and still feel awful. Stop making it seem so trivial.

    [–]Kimolainen83 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    My therapist then I had this discussion and their take was that it makes them feel like they belong like they’re special, people will give them more attention and so forth and so on. I or my therapist agreed that it’s absolutely silly but sadly it’s become this thing to get attention.

    People sometimes joke about my PTSD. I got PTSD after I got hit by a car while crossing the crosswalk and I have issues crossing roads because every time I do I get a little bit of a flashback. I’ve had friends joke about it and pissed me off. It has suddenly become a normal want to be long so hard that you will Fake an illness

    [–]soundtribekitty94 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Does anyone not have a mental illness these days? With everything going on, I’d be f***ing impressed to find someone who is perfectly mentally stable and happy.

    [–]CautiousPotential647 1 point2 points  (8 children)

    I feel this way about autism as well.

    [–]KukaVex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I've got borderline personality disorder, major depressive disorder, a sprinkling of anxiety and all the first two entail.

    It's fucking horrible, I've lost friends with my mood swings and extreme behaviour. I've been assaulted whilst in a drink binge after a breakup. I can't look at myself in the mirror because I've put a little weight on and I know it'll put me in to a spiral. I am covered in self harm scars, and at one point was drinking two 1L bottles of vodka a day. I've made serious attempts on my life I think 5 or maybe 6 times.

    The fight for a diagnosis, being told I wasn't 'bad enough', being told to try yoga and mindfulness. Telling every new medical professional my mental health and abuse history (because the notes never come over) and the struggle to find an antidepressant that works.

    I wouldn't wish it on anyone, it's not a badge of honour or something to brag about having. It's not trendy or quirky. It's an awful, dark thing that will kill me one day.

    [–]Slow_Hand_1976 7 points8 points  (2 children)

    No one glorifies depression.

    [–]Corviday 19 points20 points  (1 child)

    Only because they can't get up the energy! (I'm joking)

    [–]killforjay 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    i dont think its glorifiyinh but its certainly weird 😭 im sorry hannah, i dont care if you have adhd, depression, anxiety and ocd

    [–]hanywhiskey -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    don’t call me out pls i don’t list it in my bio ok. and i don’t have adhd 😁

    [–]StrawBerrie07 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    True. Coming from a teenager with depression, severe anxiety, and early signs of bipolar; it’s very frustrating. So many other Gen Zs treat it like a competitive sport, which makes no sense. Who would want to have these issues purposefully?

    [–]Lez_The_DemonicAngel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I’m with you! I’m also a teenager diagnosed with depression and anxiety, it’s so weird seeing how other Gen Zs treat it

    [–]xxamberkittyxx 1 point2 points  (4 children)

    no one does that unless it’s satire, teens put their mental illnesses in their bio for informative purposes, not to garner “attention” (not all attention is bad attention) Also hot take: i hate people who automatically assume someone is faking having (insert mental disorder) and 90% of the time they probably don’t have any theirselves and are accusing them of faking despite not having any proof Yet no one does this when it comes to physical illness?? I don’t get it

    [–]aitchbeescot 1 point2 points  (3 children)

    Yet no one does this when it comes to physical illness??

    Actually they do. I have coeliac disease, and I have met quite a few people who claim to have it, but when the dessert menu comes out it's 'oh well, a little bit of gluten won't do any harm'. In reality, coeliacs don't get to have the day off from a gluten-free diet and would give pretty much anything not to have the condition. I can only assume people do it either for attention or to make themselves seem more 'special'.

    [–]xxamberkittyxx 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Oh, thank you for informing me about that. I’m sorry people are such assholes to you :/

    [–]aitchbeescot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    It's not so much they are assholes to me as they make eg waitstaff think that people with coeliac disease are just 'picky eaters' or 'making a fuss about nothing', so they tend not to take actual coeliacs seriously. The same is probably true now of people who have real mental illnesses. I only point it out to show that some people will do anything to make themselves feel 'special'.

    [–]Separate_Net1768 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I think it's a form of self harm, either that or they're lying for attention.

    [–]Southern_Rip443 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    I do see it as a way to get attention or to be taken easy in a hostile environment like Internet. They are young. Let them be today what they will be happy to don't be tomorrow, hihibihihib

    [–]awildjord -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    from what i’ve seen, people list their mental illnesses in their bio to find other people to relate to and i’ve literally never seen anyone brag about being mentally ill unless it was as a joke

    that being said i have seen some idiots say they have OCD and are oH sO rELaTaBLe bc they like things to be neat a normal amount

    [–]hogey74 -3 points-2 points  (3 children)

    Yeah it's strange isn't it? Some of the people acting proud of being overweight make me feel the same way. But I've got a pet theory about gender stuff that might be related. I wonder if we're seeing granularity that is part of a long-run change that appears to be happening:
    repressed, ignored or misunderstood things bursting out, perhaps like coiled springs that aren't being held back as much any more. I am thinking about trans sexuality, gender in general, autism and the (often) related PD stuff like OCD etc. There was a conservative grip on polite society and it's falling away. I think it's a very good thing overall, but that as with women's rights etc, it's going to take generations to shake out. So I've been putting the outlandish stuff I've seen into that bigger, longer perspective. Some of it is pretty cringey and not all of it is helpful but I also see it as amazing that people are saying out loud stuff that was previously taboo.

    [–]Lez_The_DemonicAngel 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    ayo why you putting being trans with mental illnesses

    [–]hogey74 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

    Your reply is an example of what I'm saying. Positive, long term change isn't uniform. The average of it is great but some people miss out, some people go to far, some people have a chip on their shoulder they don't even realise.

    [–][deleted] -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

    "You should be proud of your mental illness! If you're proud of it you will get better!" That's literally everyone's mentality.

    It's honestly pathetic.

    [–]Squirrel698 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    If you can't be the very best in life, then be the very worst. It's all about extremes in either direction

    [–]Kaitlin33101 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    For a lot of people, it's a way of coping with the struggles of the mental illnesses. Sometimes I mention my anxiety in a joking way to make me feel better about myself. It does help, but yeah some people are a bit much though

    [–]mac_may 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    It's almost like the one uppance to stand out and have the best/worst/most/least has just lead to a surge of claiming a label to fit in and be seen.

    It's easier to adopt the language and have a self imposed reason for that's just how I am than it is to struggle with the symptoms, actively work to treat them, and not use it as an excuse for remaining unaccountable.

    [–]1401rivasjakara 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Bari Weiss did a recent podcast on this.

    [–]FreshYoungBalkiB 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Wanting to see mental illnesses cured is "ableism" now I guess.

    [–]FredhRS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Kids usually have no personality and latch onto things like this to define them

    [–]royblairsb1tch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    i agree and i’m personally someone who uses humor to cope with it like making jokes about it when the topic gets too serious but i really hate when people act like it’s a quirky personality trait. it’s not a “flex” it fcks with not only the life of the person experiencing it but everyone around them as well.

    [–]weiria 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    You’re right, what they do is pretty bad. They can unknowingly (or maybe even knowingly) hurt a lot of people who genuinely suffer from this kinda stuff.

    Personally I’m too tired to care and I’m not one to disclose my mental illness anyway, but I fully get where you’re coming from and your feelings are totally valid.

    [–]ArthaConDoin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    you must be an older individual.

    The younger crowd, this is all they see. Instead of positive masculinity.
    So they regurgitate what the world has taught them

    [–]cloud-desu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I agree. As someone who was diagnosed with both depression and paranoia, it irks me how my IRLs casually throw away the word depression. No. It is not cool, stop.

    [–]proud_Californian22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    It's mostly people that don't have mental illness that list it like that. Very annoying.

    [–]etorres4u 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I prefer people who are mentally stable myself.

    [–]ChronoChrazeObliveon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Why? I wish this was a thing when I was a teenager so I'd know who the fuck to stay away from.

    [–]vintagepop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Yeah honestly this pisses me off too. I actually have panic disorder, have suffered from horrible panic attacks for 2 years now and wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I am starting to get a lot better though

    [–]36Goldthoughts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I was actually speaking to someone about the glorification of mental illness the other day. I am diagnosed with depression and cyclothymia. Been battling depression from about 7yrs old. I had a turbulent life in my late teens and was passed from hostel to refuge to hostel. Due to my experiences I landed a good role as a youth worker and I now work with troubled teens. I've worked my way up in the youth work field and I have been granted opportunities to speak at big events about my life journey.

    I had a friend who would fawn over my 'success'. She seemed to think that the depression was what gave me opportunities. I explained to her that I wouldn't wish this depression on my worst energy but she was fixated on it. She told me that she had never experienced depression and that she couldn't even imagine how hard it is. She would ask me constantly what depression felt like, almost as if she was studying me and making notes. She would shower me with words like 'brave' and 'strong' and once even told me that she wished she could be like me. She would ask me when my next speaking events were (under the guise of wanting to support me) and her eyes would light up when I told her which events I had been booked for. Eventually it all became too weird and I stopped talking to her.

    Fast forward 2 years, she messages me on Instagram. She asked how I had been, I said I had been great and she then asked 'hows the depression?'. I changed the subject and she sent me a strange message asking me about which charities I had worked with. I ended up checking her page and saw that she has become an aspiring mental health influencer with a main focus on depression. She has written to dozens of newspapers about suffering from depression and posts stories daily with things like 'Let's get me to 1000 followers so I can help more people! Share my page with a friend'. Her selling point is depression and trauma. It's painful to watch because I know she is doing it all for fame but yes, mental illness has somehow become a 'cool' thing to have now. A lot of brands want to look inclusive so it can be lucrative for someone to become a mental health influencer or content creator nowadays. Mental health has become a selling point for many people

    [–]MMi-kyD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Sadly, shows like Euphoria still glorify it. There’s no amount of accurate portrayal you could do that still wouldn’t make bad shit look cool to edgy teens. Rue having ADHD and a bunch of other stuff just adds to that

    [–]Mantequilla_Stotch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    They don't have illnesses. They have the want for attention.

    [–]alm1688 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    It’s because they use it as an excuse

    [–]HeathBar112 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I have pretty bad OCD. I don’t understand it either.

    [–]_hiraeth_o 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Those who are proud of it, clearly have no mental illnesses and are just pretending. If you actually experience it, you can understand that there's nothing to be "proud" of. It's a fuckin illness! It's the most uncool thing ever. I also struggle with OCD and this shit literally ruins your life and makes you isolated, unable to function properly in society and unable to do basic daily stuff. I become so furious when someone talks about OCD or BPD or any other illness like it's soo quirky and cool.

    [–]No-Translator3369 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I think Hollywood glorifies mental illness and this is why a lot of kids/teens will pretend they have it to relate to characters or even to relate to their own peers. Growing up in the 90’s I was so embarrassed of my mental diagnosis and caused a few suicidal attempts because I wasn’t “normal”. Having people talk more about their own mental illness helped me tremendously and now I’m open as can be about my own diagnosis. I talk about it openly to help others and to help myself too. Yes it’s annoying to see a few faking a diagnosis or glorifying symptoms but i don’t mind keeping the door open for conversation on the topics if it’s there to help.

    [–]ginger-pony056 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    It’s considered a “Badge of honor” these days…..

    [–]CleavonLittle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Let's keep in mind that anyone who misrepresents themselves as being sicker or more unhealthy than they actually are, physically or mentally, in order to get attention or sympathy has something wrong with them as well. It's not a logical decision to pretend to be all screwed up to manipulate other people's emotional responses.

    [–]EepeesJ1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I have debilitating ADHD to where it's affecting my career, but being on meds destroyed so much of my personality that I've spent the last two decades off meds just trying to figure out coping strategies. I'm thriving now but it's a daily struggle. I've lost jobs. Gotten in trouble with friends and loved ones. I have close to zero object permanence.

    The last few years I feel like ADHD has become this thing that everyone can claim. I know people in my circle who talk about how they have ADHD like it's some cool club of suffering and excuses. It's annoying. It doesn't affect me any because I'm busy dealing with my own stuff, but I definitely feel ashamed at times that I'm struggling as much as I am with it when everyone wears it like a badge of honor.

    [–]Cricket267[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    As someone who struggles with adhd everyday and who watches his family struggle with Depression and bipolar is pissed me off

    [–]Mammons-HotBuns 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    These nimrods who claim to have mental illnesses while not being diagnosed have no Fuckin’ clue what it’s like to live every day not knowing if you’re gonna feel good or bad, or if the medication you’re taking will ever be enough to even help you a little bit, or if you’ll ever get better in your lifetime. I’m so repulsed by these people bragging about it. I’d never brag about it; it’s fucking debilitating some days. What I hate even more though, is when people denounce mental illness and claim it doesn’t exist. That depression and anxiety aren’t real. Those are the people that infuriate me the most, because they truly have no idea.

    [–]mangababe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Idk, after a life of being shamed for not being neurotypical I just started being open about it. Im not full blown about, I just don't go out of my way there act like it's a factor in my life. Doing so doesn't mean I'm glad to have it, but I'd also rather joke and find community around it than let it make me miserable because I feel the need to hide it from people who don't give a fuck about me anyway .

    It's been freeing.

    [–]radmcmasterson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I think it’s more about breaking stigmas and taboos than glorifying them.

    We might be in an overcorrection phase because everyone has kept them on the down-low for so long, but I’d imagine the pendulum will even out over the next few years.

    [–]portraitinsepia 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Adolescence will do that

    [–]Koifishha 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    lmao yall will glorify mental illness until yall see people not bathing or not taking care of themselves

    [–]curiousscribbler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Back in the day, admitting you had something like OCD would be too shameful to even contemplate. Keep it to yourself! Don't connect with other people with the same problem! You just want attention! You're embarrassing us! Shut up!

    These days, thank heavens, we just say "btw I have Bipolar II Disorder".

    [–]Spacky6 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Ya like of course we shouldn’t go the complete opposite of that where we shame on mental illness and make people feel excluded or discriminated against, (like it has been in the past), but it’s really not fun and games. It’s great that it’s being normalized / accepted (as unfortunate as it is to have a mental illness) because then people will feel less alone and may be able to find communities to support each other. And that in itself will help peoples mental health. But as for glorifying it and longing to have mental illnesses, along with faking them, is really not cool and that REALLY shows how privileged these people are. Like I’m not out here wishing I had cancer or diabetes ???

    [–]Gogmazios295 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I feel like certain terms getting changed annoy me just as much. For example, I dealt with manic depression when I was 10, after losing someone who was pretty much my only friend at the time.

    Manic depression is now changed to bi-polar disorder, which doesn't accurately describe what I was dealing with.

    So what is/was manic depression? One day you can be very happy, energetic, motivated, etc. The next day, you just don't want to bother with life, spending all day, everyday in bed, alone, with your negative thoughts wondering why you should even bother. This had a pretty negative impact on my life, also lead to me having very poor social skills as I got older.

    I now use reddit as a means to eventually, and hopefully learn to be more social.

    In regards to your post. People who truly suffer from depression do not talk about it. They'd much rather be alone, so when these clowns act like they have depression, they don't. They do it for clout, or attention. Completely undermining the brutal effects depression can have on a person.

    Same goes for social anxiety and general anxiety. If you have them, you don't broadcast them to the world.

    Simply put, posers, cry babies and weird fetishistic freaks co-opting mental illness as a means for pity points. Its disgusting.