People Who Look Down on You for Mental Illness

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Sometimes I’ve worried about being so open about my own mental illnesses and specifically, my struggles with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. There is a part of me that absolutely know that there are a few narrow-minded people who probably read my posts (if they even bother) and then feel superior or like there is something wrong with me because I have these struggles. Some of these people are even distantly related to me in one way or another. I can see them being gleefully smug, shaking their heads and thinking people like me make all this up for attention or just don’t want to be working members of society. I can hear the Fox News points they would reiterate right now.

So, knowing that is likely going on behind my back, why do I even bother? Because I want to be genuine and real. I want to be me. I want to be honest. I want to help others feel less alone. And I figure if those people mocking me weren’t too narcissistic or proud to seek help, a psychiatrist or psychologist would have a field day with them anyhow! After all, who is the worst person? The person that has real struggles and issues and admits to them and works on them, or the person who thinks they are better than everyone else and has to gossip behind other peoples’ backs to feel better about themselves?

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5 thoughts on “People Who Look Down on You for Mental Illness

  1. I despise people who prey on other’s paranoia and who undermine the confidence of others. The worst are those who pretend to be nice when communicating but then enjoy putting you down after you leave. I have been taking medication off and on all my life. There are times when I hate it and don’t recommend it to anyone and other times, like now, when I can’t survive without it. Many of my family members are of the belief that depression isn’t harmful. I always ask myself, if they went through the depression I do would they cope? Probably not. My new philosophy in dealing with these types is to just say fuck off! This is my life and it is very real.

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    • I’ve talked with a few people today I would like to tell to “fuck off”! I’m sorry to hear that your family is so unsupportive of your battle with depression. I’m not sure many people like that could handle the stuff we go through. Many of them seem to be the whiniest types around, even while they are looking down on others.

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