me listening to northern downpour
just a reminder that talking endlessly about how well off ppl with anxiety and depression are still isn’t talking about psychosis, bipolar, and personality disorders.
(#also it ignores other factors like chronicity and severity #and racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, and how those affect perception of mental illness and diagnosis given)
yeah i’ve seen a LOT of that lately.
tbh it makes me SO mad. i was so optimistic and hopeful when people here started talking more about the different types of stigma and unique experiences of people with disorders like psychosis, bipolar, and borderline and instead i got a conversation lacking in all nuance that places blame for that stigma on those with anxiety and depression.
and in a way, it really plays into the already prevalent dichotomy about anxiety and depression and those disorders, that anxiety and depression are mild and common and basically you’re a whiner if you let it “get to you”, but people with more dramatic disorders are more genuine but also more dangeous and frightening. this dichotomy basically pits us against one another to devalue our experiences and it makes me really sad to see other mentally ill people buying into it?
and there’s also a big difference in the experience of someone with, like, chronic and severe anxiety and depression and someone who maybe has one episode or a milder case of it? because most people will go through some kind of mental illness in their lifetime, be it as a result of a stressful life event, or a one-time occurrence, or a mild but persistant problem, or as a disabling and chronic illness.
there’s a huge range of experiences, and i think a lot of the time these posts are conflating the experiences of people who experience ill mental health not as a chronic disabling illness with people who experience anxiety and depression.
and finally i’m just fucking sick of ignoring the obvious fucking fact that how you get treated and diagnosed and the risks you face are highly influenced by things like race and class and gender.