People make fun of mental illnesses all the time on social media or in conversation. Mental disorders are serious, though, and they should not be taken lightly.
It's sadly not uncommon for many people to associate certain actions with mental illnesses but the reality of mental conditions can be much scarier!
Here are some examples of why making fun of mental conditions is never a good idea.
You may see people joke about being off their meds if they feel like they are out of control. Anyone with a mental illness knows that being off prescribed medications is anything but not funny and often it's downright scary.
Someone you know may have said they were depressed when they were actually disappointed or sad but depression can completely prevent your life from moving forward.
"I'm so anxious about my work review," is not something you want to say to a person with an anxiety disorder. Actually being anxious has scary physical signs like rapid heartbeat, the sweats, and far worse.
"Crowds make me anxious," is a saying someone might attribute to social anxiety, but in reality, it's more like, "Everyone will stare at me if I take my test to the front of the room," and then becoming frozen in your seat.
"She's so bi-polar- laughing one minute and screaming the next," is a form of the common expression. Being bi-polar is more than just drastic mood changes. The mental disorder can mean going without sleep for days and then not being able to find your way out of the darkness for weeks.
People often say they are ADD when there are things they are just avoiding but people who actually have ADD would much rather be able to focus. ADD can be crippling if the person's attention issues become overwhelming.
"I'm so OCD about my car- you have to have clean shoes to get in." That's not OCD. OCD is more like when you need to wipe the door handle and steering wheel with exactly three wet wipes before you can start driving. Some OCD sufferers are afraid to leave home for fear of breaking from their heavily self-prescribed routine.
You may know someone that jokes that insanity runs in the family, but they all really enjoy it! The truth is that no one enjoys having a mental illness. Constant medication changes, psychiatric appoints, and other needs have to be met when you are truly facing a mental illness.
"Choose to be happy," is a common theme in social media feeds. Let's face it, if everyone could simply make that choice, wouldn't everyone be happy?
Being a Republican or a Liberal or belonging to a specific political party does not mean you have a mental disorder. It might make you crazy but definitely not mentally ill.