“Demons are born already knowing what they’re supposed to be, and then that’s what they are. Forever. But you! You’re supposed to change. You’re never the same even moment to moment! You’re allowed and expected to invent who you are.”
((For some reason Steven Universe never fails to give me relationship dynamics that sync with familiar things. Today was particularly so considering demons can’t really change and are born fully formed and ready to live. Sure they’re a bit smaller than they’ll grow to be but aside from that they aren’t babies. Also I’m pretty sure Xan doesn’t even know what a baby is, still haha.))
(( @docstigma this is just a disaster. Whoever left their kid with these two just is asking for bad things to happen. I think Stigma is just bewildered that Xaphan has no idea what a baby is haha.))
I’m alive I am here Shouldn’t that be all that matters? Shouldn’t that be all that counts? Why do I have to worry? Why do I have to fear? Why do I have to doubt? Why do I doubt my own existence? Why do I doubt my right to be on this earth? Why do I doubt my self worth based on my illness? Why do I doubt who I am just because I am sick? Why is it either up or down? Why is it either high or low? Why is it either mania or depression? Why does it matter? Can’t I just be me? Why can’t it just matter that I’m here? Isn’t it enough that I’m alive and well? Isn’t it enough that this heart is beating within my chest? Isn’t it enough that I haven’t left this earth yet? Isn’t it enough that I haven’t taken myself out? Either in mania or depression I haven’t gone that far, so isn’t it enough? Isn’t it enough that I’m here? That I’m alive, that I’m well?
Okay, the picture looks like it was taken from a cheap porno. But that’s not the point… Look at the way people react to the subject of men being abused, it’s sickening.
People treat this very serious issue as a joke, and this is why so many men are too ashamed to seek help. Our justice system is so screwed up that men can’t even defend themselves in these types of situations, because they know they could be the one that ends up in trouble. The violence towards men and the stigma needs to STOP!
Psychiatric medication is highly stigmatized, and so is physical disability. One way that this comes out is that people say pejoratively, “medication is a crutch.”
Why is “crutch” an insult? What do people think is so terrible about using crutches?
I think that it’s a kind of ableism where people don’t understand that disability actually exists. They believe that anyone can do anything, if they put their mind to it and work hard. When people with disabilities can’t do something others can, they assume that we are just being lazy. They assume that about moving, they assume that about moving, and they assume that about thinking.
They are aggressively hostile towards any visible adaptive strategy. When they see crutches or medications or whatever, they are terrified that we are getting permission to be lazy.
Sometimes, they think it’s ok for us to use these things, but only if we fall into a very narrow category of people think think have real disabilities. For instance, they might think wheelchairs are ok for paralyzed people, but have no respect for wheelchair users who can walk. Or they might think it’s ok to use medication if you’re trying to stop, but have contempt for people who need medication long-term and have no plans to stop taking it. Or whatever other combination of things. People have a lot of really weird ideas about disability, and just about any prejudice you can imagine exists.
Crutches are a tool. There are other mobility tools. Medications are several different tools. There are other mental health tools. They all have advantages and disadvantages, and everyone has to figure out what works best for them. Every strategy is stigmatized, because ableists expect us to think our way out of being disabled. But crutches aren’t actually bad things, whether they’re literal or figurative. We all find the ones we need.
tl;dr People with disabilities need adaptive strategies to work around disability-related limitations. Ableists think that we’re just being lazy when we use adaptations such as mobility aids or psychiatric medication. They often pejoratively say “you’re just using that as a crutch,” as though using adaptive equipment is the worst thing you could possibly do. But actually, there’s nothing wrong with crutches. We all find the ones we need, and that’s a good thing.
So, I made this photoset to explain the basics of Borderline, a couple myths, and some do’s/don'ts. I would like to add that I do not own the Berry the Bat images, I pulled them off google. I believe they were originally from Deviant Art and I would cite the artist but it showed multiple accounts. I don’t want to cite the wrong one, so I’m just leaving it at Google -> Cartoon Bat Transparents -> Deviant Art.
do NOT!!!!! perpetuate mental health stereotypes and stigma by wearing one of those straightjacket or mental patient halloween costumes/throwing asylum themed parties and shit like that. it’s not only offensive to people suffering from mental illness and painful for people who have been inpatient because of their illness, but it also perpetuates the stigmatized view people have of mental hospitals, scaring people away from help when they need it and needlessly portraying people with mental health disorders as ‘scary’
mental health stigma in halloween costumes are harmful just like racial costumes are