As most of my readers are aware, I am a believer in mental health awareness. One, because I genuinely believe that the stigma needs to stop and two, I am a witch and occultist with major depressive disorder. On top of that, I do a lot of Shadow work due to having a mental illness. It helps me to understand myself, my magickal path and my illness.
And I will fight tooth and nail when I see something negative that makes me angry when it comes to mental illness and stigma. And I saw something the other day while scanning through the net, it was a meme, that read something along the lines of "people who live in constant misery are just wanting attention." It made me angry in so many ways.
For starters, its ignorant. People who live in misery live in it because it is all they know. Its why prisoners who are released end up committing another a crim just to go back to prison. They have spent so much time in prison they are comfortable there. Its why substance abusers have a hard time breaking away from their addiction—they are comfortable there. People with a mental illness, especially those living with depression, are not living in misery because they want attention; they are living in misery because its what are brains have taught us is normal. When we talk about how shitty we are feeling we are not looking for a pity party. When we state how little energy we have because depression is sucking it away, we are not looking for attention. We are just stating our feelings. Just like a person without a mental illness would state how great their day was or how awesome work was. Just because our posts are not always sunshine, and roses does not mean we are looking for attention. We are just stating how we are feeling. If you do not like it or if you think the world is full of people with flowers up their ass and fake bright smiles every day, then you need a mighty reality check. Funny thing is, when people with depression write about how they are feeling, there are twenty people behind them who say they are feeling the same way. Sometimes the person to first say it becomes the catalyst for others to open up. That is far from attention seeking behavior.
And if you think it is, then you have no idea what people with depression go through daily. To that I recommend having a conversation with someone who has it.