A lot of people don't understand mental health disorders. Some of the most common ones are anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADD, ADHD, etc. However, there are many more that I don't even know about. I have had anxiety since i was born, and depression for about 5 years now. I am 16 years old and have now started receiving treatment, so i am hopefully on the road to recovery. I know what it's like to be misunderstood by even my own family. Anyways, for those of you who have any kind of mental health disorder, I am here for you. If you need advice or just wanna talk then just know you can message me any time.💕
Anyways, here are some of the most common misunderstandings of anxiety/depression.
1.🌸It is all in our heads and we can control it if we want to.🌸 Most people don't understand depression because they cannot physically see our illness. I am not a professional, so i do not know what the cause of depression/anxiety is. Some say it's a chemical imbalance in the brain, but others say that has been disproven. All i know from my experience, is that we cannot control it by ourselves. We do not choose to be sad all the time. I have tried to be happy but sometimes i can't. Sure, we can fake a smile for other people, but deep down we are only getting worse.
2.🌸We cannot just 'snap out of it.'🌸 A lot of people think people with depression can just choose to be happy. However, we sometimes can't. I would choose happiness if i could. I've tried to snap out of it before. However, what most people don't realize is that telling us we need to magically be more happy only results in us faking a smile. Inwardly, this can make depression worse. Please get help. Trust me, it gets better if you get help.
3.🌸People with depression are just negative people and we should avoid them.🌸 Yes, I understand that negativity brings others down, but people with depression cannot control it. Usually, if i'm having a rough day, i literally cannot think of anything positive to say, so I just keep my mouth shut. If you have a friend who is negative all the time, rather than avoiding them, try to help them. Be as positive of an influence as you can. Whenever they say something negative try to turn it into something positive. For example, it they say something like, "i hate school," then respond with trying to bring out the positive such as, "well you do get to hang out with friends," or "but don't you enjoy your elective class?" Or just try to change the subject. Try talking about hobbies/interests and just try to be as positive of an influence as possible. If you avoid them they will only become even more depressed, this will not help them. If you watched "Winnie The Pooh" when you were younger then you were taught a very important lesson. Eyore is always sad and depressed, but is still included in adventures and loved by all his friends. This is how we need to treat others with depression. And if you have depression, true friends will love you for you. If they abandon you for being down all the time, then remember, they aren't true friends. True friends will try to help you, not leave you. I am lucky enough to have a few true friends who i can be myself around. They can always bring a smile to my face. If you don't have friends like this, then i will be your friend.