Whose depression is worse? Which mental illness is greater?
Who suffers the most?
When does a depression become a mental disorder? At what point does regular anxiety become an anxiety disorder?
How long do you have to feel depressed, before you should be evaluated for depression?
At what point do depression and anxiety cross over from mental issues, and become a mental illnesses?
Do you have to have a diagnosis to have a “real” mental illness? What did you have the day before you received the diagnosis?
Is one person’s mental disorder more important than someone else’s?
Is one person’s emotional suffering “worse” because they tell you it is worse than yours?
Does the “squeaky wheel” tendency also exist in mental health?
Is the squeakiest wheel the person with the worse mental disorder?
Is having to be the loudest squeaky wheel a disorder in itself?
Should you feel bad talking about your mental illness if you are not on medication?
Is someone who tries holistic methods like yoga and NLP hypnosis, less proactive about their mental health, than someone who takes antidepressants or anxiety medication?
Is the reverse true?
Can you tell from looking at someone, just how depressed they are? If they are suicidal? If they have PTSD?
Is the person who shows, or talks openly about their mental disorder, more mentally ill than someone who keeps it to themselves?
These are all valid questions to discuss. I wonder which of these situations you have had to deal with? Which side have you been on?
Have you ever had your mental pain minimized, denied, or rejected? Have you been told you don’t “look sick” ….you don’t “look depressed”….you don’t “seem anxious”…
Have you ever had to hear…
…”well everyone else can do it”…..”mental illness isn’t real”…..”anxiety is something everyone else deals with”….”just get over it”……
Have you ever heard….
“I suffer worse depression than you do”………”I know someone with a real mental illness”…
Narcissism runs throughout the mental health field, as far as therapists and psychiatrists go. Just something to keep in mind when you are seeking a therapist, or in a therapy session.
Psychopaths and narcissists gravitate towards fields of work that they can feel powerful, and have influence over the minds of others. …just something to keep in mind…..probably 5 or 6 percent of mental health professionals are either narcissists or socialized psychopaths.
Everyone cannot afford mental health treatment. Some people have no way to get to appointments, for any number of reasons.
People that are currently living in abusive environments have many reasons why going for mental health diagnosis or treatment could make their situation (hence their mental health) much worse.
Some people are much more extroverted than others. Introverted people are more likely to keep their mental illness to themselves, rather than telling the people they associate daily with, or people they see on a regular basis.
People with a history of abuse and severe boundary violations, is less likely to feel they can trust people to talk about their mental suffering with. Introverted people, with a past history of abuse, or who are currently living in abuse, are even less likely to feel safe talking about it.
Talking about mental illness has to feel safe. Just because someone does not feel safe being treated or diagnosed with mental illness, does not mean they do not have a mental disorder that interferes with their lives.
Some mental disorders make it difficult, or impossible to leave the house, get to morning therapy appointments, or to go to any kind of doctor appointments.
Some anxiety disorders make it difficult or impossible for the sufferer even to make the phone call to schedule the appointment.
The mental health system is better in some parts of the world and worse in others. Socioeconomic state makes a difference in how the client is treated by intake workers.
People doing intakes can be so rude that they can drive people away, who never try again to get mental health treatment. The system can be disheartening, violating, and depressing.
Everyone is not in the same circumstance.
Everyone does not have the same background or experience with the mental health system.
Everyone has different triggers, different fears, different sleep situations, sleep disorders, and different living situations.
You cannot tell from looking at someone, if they have a mental disorder or not.
You cannot tell from talking to them for a few minutes, from working at the same job as them, or from being in the same family as them.
No one can tell you that you are not really suffering. Well….they can say it….but just because they say it, does not make it true.
Someone saying they have worse depression than you do, does not make it true.
Someone saying you don’t really have any “legitimate” mental disorder, does not make it true.
Someone that tells you what you “should” and “should not” be able to do….even if triggers your emotional flashbacks or triggers your fight or flight” response….is not really a person who is on your side, or someone that supports you.
You need to be surrounded by people who support you.
You need to detach emotionally from people who trigger you or put you in situations you have asked them not to put you in.
You have the right to know how you feel, and to be the one to determine how bad it is.
You have a right to decide if your depression or anxiety is to the point of being a “disorder.” A disorder is something that has gotten bad enough to make your life “disorderly” …and ” unmanageable.”
You know whether or not your mental pain is interfering with your daily activities, your work, your social interactions and your life.
You know if it has gotten worse , better, or is staying the same.
No one can know these things more than you, because you are the one living inside of your own head.