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Does anyone else feel rubbed the wrong way when people say things like “Omg sorry, it’s just my ADHD 🤪,” “Hahaha, I have ✨anxiety✨,” “It’s totally because I’m neurodivergent 🥴” “Dude I’m gonna kill myself 😐” “I’m so depressed 😎” /f etc.? I feel like things like anxiety and neurodivergency are being taken jokingly/lightly and used as trendy excuses more than anything, which feels invalidating to me as someone who has severely struggled with some of these things throughout my life. My depression makes me unable to even move my body. My anxiety makes it so hard to breathe that I need an inhaler. I don’t want to invalidate other people’s experiences just because they are less extreme than mine, but I feel like you can tell when someone is joking and when someone isn’t. For those who legitimately have these conditions, what are your thoughts?

    • AnimalBoy

      429d

      Also as far as neurotypicals who use it that can depend, anxiety and depression are not just conditions they are also normal human emotions that anyone can feel under the right circumstances. A neurotypical saying "I have/am having anxiety" during a high stress situation, even in a light hearted way, isn't wrong or out of line in anyway as they are likely feeling and expressing that their feeling the emotions. However making those jokes and statements about things that are strictly conditions that they do not face and cannot fully understand living with like OCD and ASD is fairly ignorant and inconsiderate of those who do have them.

    • AnimalBoy

      429d

      For most people it's a coping mechanism. Having or experiencing the things you listed and many others sucks, and making light of your own symptoms in situations that are uncomfortable to adress head on can make things easier to process and make you feel a bit more normalized or relatable, some say it helps them feel more like an actual person in social situations than the stereotype people feel about many mental illnesses. It also helps when you have to repeatedly explain your symptoms to people, especially people who should know already, even with treatment I still have these issues and I most definitely do not have the energy to seriously explain my symptoms and it takes much less energy to make a quick light hearted statement or joke. Many people would struggle more without this as a coping mechanism. There are most definitely ways it can be harmful, though. For example self deprecating jokes about your condition or your mental state, jokes about attempting suicide or self harm, and using jokes to deflect the idea of seeking help can make your mental state worse and make it feel harder to seek help as well as actually hurt others like loved ones or those with the same conditions who may also internalize self deprecating humor. People should still be mindful of How they joke about themselves and about their conditions. Someone making a joke or being light hearted about their conditions does not mean that they are not suffering or are suffering less from them or that anyone should take them or their symptoms any less seriously, it also doesn't necessarily mean that they themselves take their condition less seriously and thos assumptions can also be harmful.

☝ This content is generated by our users and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision

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