"Just snap out of it." "You're just being lazy." "I was sad a couple of weeks ago and got over it. Why can't you?"
Those are just a (very) few of the comments people with depression and anxiety get on a regular basis. I've heard them myself more than once — especially a few years ago, when I had a depressive episode that made it difficult to get out of bed.
The experiences of people who suffer from "invisible" mental illnesses are real and deserve to be recognized without having others question them. Would you tell someone with cancer just to "get over it"?
That's why trending Twitter hashtags like #mydepressionlookslike and #myanxietylookslike are so important. The tweets are from people of all races, ages and genders and are extremely eye-opening.
#MyAnxietyLooksLike thinking every single person i pass by judges me negatively and constantly being worried about that— inet (@lifegonewild) May 22, 2016
#MyDepressionLooksLike Nothing. Not sadness, not panic, not dread, just awful nothingness that stretches on for months at a time.— Hutch (@z0mgItsHutch) May 22, 2016
#mydepressionlookslike having to evaluate whether my problems are severe enough to ask for help bc I don't want to be a constant burden.— jorie (@pokpokofcolor) May 23, 2016
And so many of them are relatable.
#MyAnxietyLooksLike anger towards self for not doing goals i set myself because im too anxious to actually go and do them; cycle continues— hot pudge sundae (@EliteFourDuncan) May 22, 2016
Hopefully, trends like this will — little by little — erase the stigma that so many with mental illness face on a daily basis.
As for me, #mydepressionlookslike someone who is 6 feet tall with blue eyes and curly brown hair who loves to write but doesn't always love to talk. It also looks like someone who finally found the treatment that works for her — a treatment that "rounds out the edges" of my life and gives me many, many more good days than bad.
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