Friday, March 10, 2017

The Fine Line Between Awareness and Promotion **

We live in an ever growing world where technology, comedy, and social rise has bloomed, but with browning leaves. Acknowledgement of mental illness has never been better but it also brought about a strange and almost phenomenal problem; the glamorization of mental illness.
Glamorizing mental illness  means to treat mental disorders lesser than is; to instead bring a desire to having a problem and promote an illness rather than display proper awareness.

I remember sitting in a classroom overhearing a conversation between a group of adolescents. They were discussing about serious topics and using potent words but not in the state of admittance or intellectual views, but instead in normal vocabulary.
“Dammit I forgot to do that assignment, I’m so depressed.”
“Seriously? Aren't you like OCD about turning things in on time?”
It was surreal to hear such synthetic normality on such extreme issues.

A large problem with watering down these disorders is not just that you are mocking people who have been medically diagnosed but you also generalize, justify, and simplify a disorder as a whole. There are many diagnoses and sub diagnoses within all categories. To claim yourself as being “depressed” because you are having a blue day or saying you are “bipolar” because you switched from having an unfading grin to chewing out your co worker only furthers the stigma of mental illness being a “CAUTION” sign for all. Statistics revealed that less than 1 percent of people diagnosed with Schizophrenia and manic- depressive illness (bipolar disorder) have actually possessed violent tendencies. To encourage misinformation will only make that fact harder to believe.

An even larger problem I see in society is the normality of self diagnoses. Society, whether it is teenagers or adults need to know that they are not qualified professionals and to say you are having a ‘mental breakdown’ because you forgot your hair tie is no quirky joke.

One thing I have not brought under the mic thoroughly is Social Media. Youtuber Savannah Brown said in her, “romanticization of mental illness” is to imagine a person who is facing the borderline realization of a true potential illness, they scroll through a social web and soon see that a majority of people are claiming their “depression” or have posted incredibly deceived imagery. This can have either one of two devastating effects. The person can either feel forced to, for lack of better words, “live with it” (since everyone apparently is), or instead they will feel discouraged enough to not say anything at all and avoid professional help.

Users in networks like Tumblr or Facebook tend to give off a promo to mental illness with aesthetic photography and poetic nonsense. For example, the pictures shown are disturbing common sights we see everyday.
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I am going to end this educational rant on a favored quote by fellow blogger named, Sam West from The Crimson West.
If you think you have a problem, go see a psychiatrist or counselor, don’t take it upon yourself to determine you have a certain disorder based on your own (probably incorrect) assumption about what it is.

Let’s stop with everyone being fashionably neurotic. Pretending to be sick doesn’t make you special.”


  1. I could not agree more, as someone who has been diagnosed with a depressive disorder, I have felt my 2-3 years living through a severe depression was being minimalized, and made fun of. Your blog made some very interesting points that made me think about my verbalization of my state of well being. I forget what it was like when I was in the worst of a real depression, and now I will catch myself saying "I am so depressed", when what I really mean is that I have had a bad day and need to lift my spirits with something fun. Social media tends to romantisize mental illness, but when a few get it right it helps bring awareness to the world. The real sufferers of mental illness usually keep it quiet because they have felt like outcasts in the past. I believe Everyone is unique so we need to quit trying to make ourselfs special by making our minds ugly, I hope to see more from your blog in the future it is very well written.

  2. I personally do not agree with this blog post. In one sense of the matter, yes, beautifying depression and suicide is something that needs to stop. But on the other hand, i do agree with the photo "Depression is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of being strong for far too long". I do believe in this post because it is gives the sense of hope that "There's not anything wrong with you, you are just struggling and that's okay."

  3. This was amazing to read because ive seen myself on a daily basis that people will say things like "i wanna kill myself" or "im organized because i have OCD" like no with things like that you really do have to understand that people have problems and these are real struggles that people deal with and to have society tossing this word around like nothing is really wrong and im glad that you choose this to write about becuase people need to realize how they are hurting the people that struggle to get up every morning and try to cope with their own issues.

  4. This blog post made me think about mental illnesses and other such illnesses in a different manor. I never truly realized how monotone people seem to be about them, this is something i hear a lot here at school. People saying they have depression or they are OCD like in your post for example.This has truly opened my eyes and i congratulate you on a fantastic log post that can be used as a good example for many generation to come.