Just Snap Out Of It!
«Just snap out of it», maybe the most famous cliché on mental illness. No matter how famous or old, it can still hurt to be faced with it. Have you ever experienced opening up about your mental health issues, only to be shot down by stigma and ignorance?
The Famous Clichés
- Why don’t you just grow up?
- Stop feeling sorry for yourself
- Happiness is a choice
- What do you have to be depressed about?
- There’s a lot of people worse off than you.
- You’re just looking for attention.
- Everybody has a bad day every once in a while.
- Just don’t think about it
Fight Stigma or Fight Depression?
When you are anxious, your goal should be to stop worrying. When you are depressed you should want to cheer up. The problem with these clichés is that they don’t really give any advice on how to get there.
How can you expect others to take your condition seriously if you don’t really take it seriously yourself? If it really is a serious thing, the very minimum should be to ask for help. Have you asked for help yet?
The Great Irony
You yourself have to make the decision to make a better life for yourself and start changing for the better. No one can fix you. It doesn’t really matter what happened to you, or what you did. Or maybe nothing really happened. It doesn’t really matter. You deserve to be happy, but in order to feel better you need to take responsibility for your life.
It might be unfair, but you yourself are responsible. You yourself have to ask for help. Luckily, when you do, there’s a lot of help to be found!