Romanticising Mental Illness (Graphic)

The romanticism of mental illness is inappropriate.

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Mental illnesses are real. They affect millions of people each and every year. It may be common, but it is not a social norm and should not be portrayed or treated as such. I can imagine coping with a mental illness can become extremely challenging when it’s shoved in your face constantly as a way of life.

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It is kind of a cliche now. The beautiful girl hiding her face with a quote about self-harm or suicide, Or it’s a photo of razors (as seen above) posed to look elegant.

Mental illnesses are not an art-form. They aren’t “cool.” It’s not an interesting factoid about someone, it is a challenge that needs to be overcome. Speaking up about your inner demons however, should never be discouraged. In fact, speaking up (bringing your problems to light) can only benefit you. There’s a difference however, between speaking up and glorifying. Mental illness was such a taboo. It was the unspoken. We sought out to make a change and we did, but now we are on the opposite side of the spectrum. Now it is a social norm!

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“The truth is: you aren’t depressed because you cry when Rue dies in The Hunger Games. You don’t have Generalized Anxiety Disorder because you get nervous for your final calculus exam. Skipping a meal doesn’t make you anorexic, and being organized doesn’t mean you have OCD.” (The Romanticism of Mental Illness)





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