There is a fad among young people where they pretend like they have a mental disorder or they act like they have a mental disorder. This is very frustrating and insulting to people who actually are struggling with that disorder. Mental disorders are very serious and are nothing to mess around with. Having a mental illness isn’t something that’s cool or cute to have so you can “fit in.” People who pretend and act like they have a serious mental disorder have no idea what hell they’re wishing upon themselves. It’s a terrible thing to have a mental disorder. Mental disorders feel like a curse was put on you because it’s that awful to deal with one.
Here is an overview of what the disorder is and what it’s like to ACTUALLY have it.
Anxiety – Anxiety is constant worrying about EVERYTHING and being afraid of just about everything too. Having anxiety is very difficult to live with because you fear just about everything and you’re constantly worrying about something. Anxiety comes in several different forms. They are: Panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. According to WEBMD, Panic disorder is defined as, “[having] feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning.” Panic disorder also includes panic attacks, which are where someone starts “sweating, [having] chest pain[s], palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats), and a feeling of choking” (WEBMD). Panic attacks are not pleasant in the least. They feel like the worst thing ever. Social anxiety disorder is defined as having an “overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations (WEBMD).” The website also states, “the worry often centers on a fear of being judged by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule.” Social anxiety disorder is not fun to have because it means being scared to walk out of your house, go to school, or go to any other social function. Social anxiety is not something that’s “cool” to have. It’s really detrimental to your social development because you have to socialize to make friends. Finally, generalized anxiety disorder is defined as “[involving] excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there is little or nothing to provoke the anxiety (WebMD).” GAD is very difficult to live with because you are CONSTANTLY worrying about every little thing, which gets really frustrating and annoying to the person dealing with the disorder. It’s very draining to constantly be worrying about something. Anxiety disorders are nothing to mess around with and people shouldn’t be pretending like they have anxiety because it’s simply not cool to have it. IT’S HELL. Realize that.
Mood Disorders – Mood disorders cause major emotional torment for the individual. Bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive disorder, is defined by NIMH as, “a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.” Bipolar disorder is VERY SERIOUS. People who are bipolar experience dramatic mood shifts. These mood shifts result in the person’s behavior changing dramatically as well. As NIMH states, Bipolar can damage relationships, cause low performance in school or work, and can tragically result in the individual committing suicide. Living day to day with bipolar makes life frustrating because you never know how you’re going to feel from one day to the next. If you’re manic for awhile, you take the “good” mood and run with it. But if you’re in the depressive state, you feel terrible, you don’t want to do anything but stay in bed, you feel hopeless and maybe even suicidal. While in the depressive state, not much gets done because the person has no energy. Bipolar interferes with daily life, which makes living unpleasant. Bipolar is not something to mess around with or pretend like you have it. Just because you have “mood swings” does not mean you have bipolar disorder. Everyone has mood swings. But there’s a difference between normal mood swings and the mood swings caused by bipolar. As I stated above, bipolar mood swings are DRAMATIC meaning you’re on top of the world some days for no reason and other times you’re wanting to kill yourself. THAT’S BIPOLAR. Everyone gets sad, but usually sadness disappears after a couple of days. Depression is where you feel sad for a long period of time and it interferes with your daily life activities such as eating, sleeping, school/work, and simply enjoying life. Just because you get sad, that does not mean you have depression. And acting like you’re depressed does not make you cool. It’s insulting to pretend like you’re depressed or like you’re bipolar when there are people who ACTUALLY struggle with those things. Mood disorders are serious things; don’t pretend like you have one.
Psychotic disorders – Schizophrenia is the main psychotic disorder, and it is EXTREMELY serious. Schizophrenia affects “the person’s thought processes” as PsychCentral states. People are who are schizophrenic have delusions and hallucinations that distort their perception and interpretation of reality. Suicide is a VERY HIGH risk in people diagnosed with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is not a disorder to fake due to it’s seriousness. Do not pretend like you have hallucinations or delusions because those things are very real for someone who struggles with this. Hallucinations and delusions are not fun to live with and they make life a living hell for the person. Usually this is the reason why the person attempts suicide. They simply cannot take the voices and the visions of things that do not exist anymore. Schizophrenia is an extremely draining disorder.
Personality disorders – Personality disorders are characterized as maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience. There are quite a few personality disorders. Some are: Avoidant, Antisocial, Borderline, Dependent, Histrionic, Multiple personalities, Narcissistic, Obsessive-Compulsive, Paranoid, Schizoid, and Schizotypal. All of these are very serious. Borderline is one of the more common personality disorders among people. Personality disorders are not something to put in your “about me’s” to make yourself seem “edgy” or “cool” or to use so you can “fit in” with people. Personality disorders are serious in nature and faking like you have them is insulting to someone struggling with any of these types of personality disorders. To add to that, faking more than one personality disorder is simply ridiculous because people can only be diagnosed with ONE of them. Just like any of the other mental disorders, living with a personality disorder is troublesome to carrying out some daily activities however, that criteria depends on which personality disorder you have. Either way, personality disorders are nothing to mess around with. It’s as simple as that.
Self-Harm & Suicide – Cutting, the most common form of self-harm, is a serious behavior where an individual uses a sharp object to inflict pain on themselves by making cuts on their skin. Cutting is a serious addictive behavior that is extremely difficult to stop. Cutting is not something to start doing because you want attention or to seem “hardcore.” Once you start this awful behavior, it’s very hard to quit because your brain gets used to responding to emotional distress in that way. The urges to cut become harder to resist as well. It’s really a very BAD idea to start this behavior as a way to get people’s attention or to simply look cool because the trouble you’re bringing upon yourself is trouble you don’t need and surely don’t want. Suicide is nothing less than EXTREMELY SERIOUS because we’re talking about death here. That’s nothing to take lightly. Threatening suicide is not something to do, especially if you’re just threatening it to get attention from people. BECAUSE YES, THREATENING SUICIDE WILL GET PEOPLES REACTION. You shouldn’t threaten suicide though if you aren’t serious about it because basically that’s like running into a building yelling “FIRE!” when there is no fire and if you threaten it too much, people will not take you seriously anymore, just like the boy who cried wolf too many times. HOWEVER, I AM NOT IMPLYING THAT YOU SHOULD GO KILL YOURSELF IN ANY WAY. I am simply stating that you shouldn’t threaten suicide unless you actually feel that way, and not use it to manipulate people into paying attention to you. Both cutting and suicide are serious and are not topics to be taken lightly.
To sum it up, having a mental illness is one of the worst things ever. They should not be faked. Mental illness is not cute or cool to have. People who live with mental illness struggle every single day of their lives just trying to get by. And people who fake these disorders only make their suffering worse. It’s very insulting to act like you have a mental illness and then brag about it to people. If you actually had a mental disorder, you wouldn’t go around boasting about it or making it obvious that you “have” one. People who have mental illnesses are usually embarrassed that they struggle with it and so they DON’T go telling people about it. That’s why it’s hard for them to seek help because they don’t talk about their struggle.
So, don’t fake mental illnesses. JUST DON’T. It’s that simple.