May 1, 2016

MHAM

This goes out to our fellow friends suffering from various mental-health disorders. We're listening, and we're here. 


Glorifying: to describe or represent as admirable. Mental illness: disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Putting those 3 words together can be the only way to describe what many people have been doing these last few years. Glorifying mental illness’ causes others to stay quiet and not speak about their personal (and real) issues about their mental health. But why has the world been glorifying serious mental-disorders? And how serious has it become?

We’re all addicted to pain - much like love, being in pain gives a sense of reality. Knowing that you feel something will make you feel less like a sociopath. Everyone is on some sort of search for the ‘perfect’ life that is seen through pictures/movies on television and social media. With these photos/movies come a story of pain which eventually leads to the influence of the audience. There is no such thing as the ‘perfect’ life so searching for it seems pretty vile and not worthy of anyone's time. And pain usually doesn’t lead to pleasure, unless we’re talking about bondage but that isn’t the discussion, right? (Which is also totally your business, do what you gotta do.)

I used the word ‘sociopath’ in my previous paragraph. Did you catch on that? We’ve promoted mental-disorders so much that even the words just seem like a normal way of describing certain actions. We try explaining that someone is having mood-swings but rather than using the term ‘mood-swings’ we’ll use bipolar. Bipolar-disorder isn’t curable so having it being blurted out constantly on a day-to-day bases without knowing that someone out there with the disorder is constantly in fear of having a drastic change in their mood if their medications weren’t taken seems quite troublesome. 

Depression is a common issue that is passed as nothing, when it’s equally as serious as any other disorder. No, no, depression isn’t ‘cute’, it’s nothing like those tumblr posts with the cute pastel backgrounds. It’s days of happiness and nights of sadness, you don’t understand why, it’s just this switch in your head that changes when all is silent and dark. But at the end of the day it’s important to listen to others. When someone trusts you enough to tell you that they’re sad, don’t just tell them that they’ll eventually okay, ask them if they need anything, try your hardest to assist someone. There is nothing worse than feeling completely lost with your emotions. 

Changing seems to be a taboo topic a high percentage of the time, sometimes change is for the good and sometimes it isn’t. Changing the way your speak about different things should be a good-type-of-change, understand issues and helping other in need, I’m assuming, should be a change for the good. And maybe you won’t understand everything, but respecting someone else’s mental-health shouldn’t be up for discussion. We’re in this together.

Photography by DR

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