Why We Need To Stop Glorifying Mental Disorders And Illnesses
Health and Wellness

Why We Need To Stop Glorifying Mental Disorders And Illnesses

It's not a joke. It's a serious problem, not something to brag or seek attention from.


We've all seen the depressing quotes on pictures of girls with scars on their arms and the anorexia tumblrs raving about how happy they are that their spines are finally peaking from the back of their bodies or how the anxiety remedy is to take a Lush bubble bath and play some Twenty One Pilots while you're at it.

Mental illnesses are a serious problem not only in our generation, but in all ages globally. Over 350 million people have been diagnosed with depression world-wide, according to the World Health Organization. Anxiety disorders affect about 18% of the US Adult population. It's extremely common to see high school and college students suffering from eating, anxiety and other mental disorders. Addictive habits like self-harm are also extremely common to find.

What's not talked about? How many people have depression and self-medicate. About two thirds of people with major depression never get the appropriate treatment. According to Huffington Post, most people who chose to self-medicate their depression or anxiety disorder are more likely to lean towards alcohol or drug abuse.

Tumblr self-medication is a big influence on teenagers. Glorifying mental illnesses to younger audiences subjects them to not only want to have the illness and that it's a "beautiful" characteristic, but to think that if they spray the room in "stress relief" spray and take long showers they will be healed from any problem they have.

With the influence these posts have on our younger generation, we are promoting unhealthy lifestyles and teaching them that these serious problems are completely okay and something to brag about having. Mental illness is not fun. Seeing doctors and getting treatments aren't an ideal way to spend your weekends. Going to rehabilitation centers for weeks on end to teach your body to stop hurting itself isn't the kind of vacation you want to be on. You are not helping yourself by self-medicating, you are making it worse for you and the people around you. No one online is impressed.

Another thing that's always bothered me on these posts: Why is there anger towards the friends that "desert" you? I agree that it is super important to keep your loved ones close during a difficult time and that support is always appreciated but it should never be taken for granted. They don't have to be there, they chose to. To make a comment saying "the people that leave you aren't real friends" is an incredibly selfish way to look at it. Sometimes deciding to take yourself out of a toxic situation is good for you. You can't blame them for that, a mental disorder or illness does not only affect the person suffering through it, but the people around you. Don't be upset that they left you, because that isn't the case. Respect that everyone deserves a chance to be happy.

So what can I do to help this, Taylor? I'm glad you asked, It's easy: spread awareness. Don't promote the posts on any social media. Luckily tumblr's staff caught onto this as well since it was such a popular thing to post about and began posting suicide, self-abuse, eating disorder and other hotlines on their website after a user starts searching for alarming or disturbing tags on the website. I will also have these numbers listed below.

If you think you or someone you know has a problem: Get help. Sometimes people with mental illnesses or disorders don't even know that what they are doing is a problem. It's important as a friend or family member to step in and intervene if necessary. If you know well enough that you have a disorder, know that you need professional help. Tumblr remedies and sad songs won't heal you. Therapists and doctors work wonders for millions of people. These problems need to be discussed with medical professionals, not over a status update.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Politics and Activism

4 Ways The Plan To Deport International Students Is Dumb, According To An Exchange Student

The whole policy isn't very stay-in-place, if you ask me.

Wikimedia Commons

On Monday, July 6, new federal guidelines were announced that do not allow international students to remain in the U.S. unless they are taking classes in person. Which, if you ask me, is stupid.

Keep Reading... Show less

Naya Rivera Is Missing, And She Deserves SO Much More Than Being Labeled 'Big Sean's' Ex'

We are all sending prayers to Naya Rivera hoping she finds them so we can find her.

I woke up this morning looking to find Naya Rivera's name trending No. 1 on Twitter. I was reading all of everyone's prayers wishing to find her so she can be reunited with her baby boy who is only 4 years old.

Naya's son's name is Lord and the entire collective is hoping the Lord is with him right now. I'm a firm believer in the Fear of God, I hope all of Naya's love is protecting Lord right now.

Keep Reading... Show less

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still surging in the United States, where we are averaging 50,000 cases daily, wearing a face mask has become even more important. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, has stressed the importance of wearing a mask and is pleading Americans to take notice of the "disturbing" rise in cases. It would be common sense to listen to him, considering we are dealing with a virus that has a mortality rate higher than what we have seen with other viruses.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Sex Toys You NEED To Turn Up The Heat This Summer

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but...

It's your fairy sex godmother back at it again and here to tell you that masturbating is an essential need, just like toilet paper.

It comes with so many benefits, besides cumming. According to the New York City Health Department, "you are your safest sex partner" during a pandemic, so why not use the best toys to get the job done? Shopping for the best fit can be tricky because there are a few factors to consider — whether it's the price point, experience, sound, and more.

Keep Reading... Show less

These 3 Smoothies Totally Cleared My Acne-Prone And Scarred Skin

How I drank my way to flawless skin.

With this summer being the first of its kind for most people to be in the midst of a global pandemic, almost everyone is beginning to have an overall focus on improving their health.

Keep Reading... Show less

Everyone remembers the first time they went to one of the Disney parks. Spinning in teacups and having Goofy wrap his arms around my 8-year-old self were some of my fondest childhood memories, and I'm surely not alone in that.

Keep Reading... Show less

These Superfood Beauty Products Show Kale And Matcha Work For SO Much More Than We Thought

Just another summer's day with a cold glass of kombucha on my face.

I've been vegan for about six years now, so a love for fresh vegetables and superfoods has now become a core part of my being. Don't get me wrong. I love my indulgent, creamy pastas and truffle fries more than anyone. But I keep most of my focus on eating clean and healthy so I can indulge guilt-free.

But I'd say about a large part of my diet has always, unknowingly, included superfoods. Being Indian, lentils, beetroot, garlic, ginger, and whole grains have been core essentials on the family dinner table since I could digest solid foods.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments