everyone is cool with mentally ill people around them until we start displaying symptoms they cant sympathize with
youre sad all the time? poor darling ):
youre irrationally angry,defensive, and paranoid? you say and believe things that just dont make sense? you seem to be a completely different person from day to day? well now youre just being difficult
please stop reblogging this post… i made this i think over two years ago now and i was ignorant to a couple important things:
- there’s NO objective measurement of how much mental illness affects any given person’s life, nor are people particularly tolerant toward any consistent expression of misery. be kinder than i was when i made this post.
- race is the biggest, but not the only, variable in how different people’s emotions are perceived differently by those around them. ableism doesn’t just “intersect with” racism, the institution of psychiatry is built on racism. look into how certain diagnoses such as schizophrenia were adapted to criminalize and institutionalize black people who started voicing malcontent towards white supremacy. black people dont get “poor baby”d.
- mental illness is not a get out of jail free card to behave inappropriately, angrily, abusively toward those around you. i made this post after snapping at someone for asking me to calm down and saw that someone who had witnessed it made a snippy facebook status about me. frankly, it was fair of her to do so. i was upset about it and am still embarrassed but i had acted inappropriately and then justified it to myself with “oh, it’s just a symptom of my mental illness.” that might very well be, but i still owed apologies and an apology comes with the promise that you’ll work to improve yourself.
i’m adding this to the source in the hopes that someone will click through and see this. the original post no longer reflects my position and hasn’t for a long time.