No, you’re not depressed. You’re just sad.

30 Mar

The funny thing about psychological disorders is that the more you read about them, the more you think that you have one… or maybe two.

 The thing is, regardless of whether or not a person has read about a certain disease, there seems to a bandwagon of owning up to having a certain disease. Self-diagnosis is really “easy” for most people since there’s one stereotype for every disease.

 Skipped a meal? Anorexia. Moody? Bipolar disorder. Like arranging things? OCD. Cringe every time something reminds you of a bad experience? Post-traumatic stress disorder.

 Really, people, really? It’s insulting to those who were truly clinically diagnosed with such disorders and diseases. They have to go to a doctor and maybe get some medication because it hinders them from living a normal life while you, on the other hand, might be out just to get some attention, like being psychologically ill is so cool.

 For one thing, you can’t say that you have such a self-diagnosed disease because more often than not, people who actually have it don’t prance around and announce it to the world. You’d have to actually not be able to lead a normal life because of your illness, and that’s not something to be proud of either.

 It makes me think though, why it’s more popular for people to self-diagnose a psychological illness than to with a physical disease. In retrospect, they’re kind of the same thing, right? You get psychologically ill because of (sorry for the cliché) chemical imbalances in your brain- and that’s physiological, isn’t it? I’ve never been diagnosed with a psychological disease (though, I might add, people like to jokingly tell me at times that I need to get checked), but I have been with a number of physical problems and not once have I witnessed someone be proud that their body can’t work properly. Sure, to own up to it takes some getting used, but it’s malfunctioning body parts all the same, so why be proud of, or want, your brain to be so? Why do people knock on wood when they mention the possibility of getting cancer, but brush off their depressed child?

 Sure, it gets attention, no doubt about that- but doesn’t physically dying get more pity. I mean, that’s the point of pretending, isn’t it?

-KC Dejos




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