i have had depression since i was 13/14 and was unofficially diagnosed by a doctor at 16, then officially diagnosed by a psychiatrist at 18. i have seen countless blogs on here (primarily run by teenage girls) glamourising the hell out of it when it’s evident that they’re just feeling perfectly natural sadness, or perhaps teenage angst and moodiness.
It’s not our place to judge and diagnose other people. I have been diagnosed with depression too, but I don’t believe that gives me the right or professional training to make judgements based on the contents of people’s blogs.
i’d rather they didn’t label themselves with depression because when they do that it makes everyone who sees them think that’s what depression is, and then they dismiss those who have had it take over their life for so long they can barely function because they see depression as what these very vocal teenagers have been attributing to it, rather than be able to recognise what it truly is.
That’s why it’s so important to get the resources out there, so people can know what it is. That’s why it’s important to get the word out, because there are these misconceptions. But in the end, a few bloggers on Tumblr aren’t going to change the diagnosis, they aren’t going to change professional’s minds what is or isn’t depression. The definition of depression won’t change. And myself, I care about me getting better, not what some people on the internet think about it. I’ve dealt with this for twenty years and one thing I’ve learned is that there will always be people with a skewed vision of what depression is and there’s not a thing you can do about it.
there’s a pretty big line between a person trying to understand their unhappiness and a person making a blog announcing they have depression and posting loads of things entirely misrepresenting the illness and therefore proving they don’t actually know what it really means to have depression, just that they want to be seen as a tortured soul and think crying ‘mental illness’ is the best method of getting away with this.
If that’s truly the case, they’ll get bored with it and move on. Many teenagers are just looking for themselves and trying to figure out what they are and trying on new labels and such. We all do this as teenagers. This is just part of life.
if someone is so determined they have depression then just sitting at their computer reblogging pictures with sad words on them isn’t going to help them anyway. i know it can be difficult to find a mental health professional who isn’t dismissive of teenagers but if a person feels so strongly that they have this horrible illness then seeking help is miles better than making a blog that not only glamourises it (therefore implying they consider it to be a good thing) but also provides a method of putting incredibly dark and potentially suicide-triggering thoughts into theirs and others’ heads.
Wow, that last sentence could easily describe this comic blog. This kind of suggests that people shouldn’t use their blog to discuss their depression. If their goal is to glamorize depression, they aren’t doing a good job because I don’t feel my condition is particularly glamorized.
idk, this is just my opinion and it’s already given me anon hate so i suppose i shouldn’t have voiced it. oh well, too late now.
I don’t think anyone deserves anon hate but caring what other people put on their blogs is a surefire way of getting it. That’s why one should focus on their own rehabilitation. It’s difficult enough caring what family and friends think of it but caring what strangers on the internet think of it? That’s too much and will only serve to frustrate you more.
TEENAGE GIRLS CAN’T LIKE THINGS I LIKE, AND THEY CAN’T HAVE DISORDERS I HAVE EITHER
I MEAN WHAT IF THEY SIMULTANEOUSLY LISTENED TO JUSTIN BIEBER AND HAD DEPRESSION
THAT WOULD JUST RUIN DEPRESSION FOR ME
LIKE FOR ME DEPRESSION IS SOMETHING MEANINGFUL AND IMPORTANT. NOT SOMETHING A TEENAGE GIRL CAN TALK ABOUT.
I AM GOING TO HAVE TO GET A MORE COOL DISORDER THAT NO ONE ELSE HAS DISCOVERED YET IF THIS KEEPS UP. SUCKS BECAUSE I WAS DEPRESSED BEFORE IT WAS POPULAR, BUT NO ONE WILL UNDERSTAND MY PAIN IF A GIRL CAN DO IT TOO.
GOSH I REALLY HATE WOMEN.
i cannot believe you could be so stupid as to infer that from what i wrote
depcomix’s response shows poor interpretation and awareness but you’re putting so many words in my mouth i’m surprised i’m not choking right now
Completely ignoring the people who are in denial that mental illnesses are like, en vogue right now (must be nice to put them on and take them off like a hat, I wouldn’t know).
A friend recently summed it up: “I always thought I knew what being anxious was like, but if this is what true anxiety is people who have had it their entire lives must be really strong.”
That’s what casually saying you have depression because you have a couple of sad days and want to seem interesting does. That’s what diagnosing yourself with OCD because you have a few quirks does. It misrepresents something horrible and difficult that causes people to suffer and need medical attention as something common, a mood swing, a personal oddity. Then you have people saying shit like “JUST POWER THROUGH IT I DID” and like, of course they think that. Because they have no idea what these disorders really are.
Reading up on your symptoms can be great, it can calm you down. It can show you this stuff is more common than you think, that you’re not broken, that you’re not alone.
But self-diagnosing is deeply dangerous. Do you now the difference between a dissociation and a flashback? Do you know the difference between OCD and OCPD? Trust me, you should probably have a degree before you diagnose anyone because you can’t just read up on it on a Wiki and understand it completely (don’t even get me started on blogs and stuff, Tumblr is a goldmine of irresponsible mental health information).
Also, it’s impossible to be objective about yourself and your symptoms. Especially enough to give yourself a diagnosis.
Just, go to a doctor. This is why mental health needs to be available to everyone. It’s not a DIY practice, it’s just not.
This may piss people off who follow me but I am staunchly against self-diagnosis and staunchly against treating mental illness as something cute, quirky, or interesting. I’ve seen people misdiagnose themselves with something awful and difficult when it was something simple and probable treatable. I’ve also seen people misdiagnose themselves with something like mild depression when in actuality, they needed to go to the doctor because something was deeply psychologically wrong with them, and they were a danger to themselves. This is not harmless.
And I don’t hate for half a second on teen girls. I was one of these girls. I thought I was just being a “drama queen” for years because of that, and it’s more because of the hysterical attitudes above than OP.