"Some mental illnesses - especially clinical depression - have been portrayed as making you unique. Diseases like bipolar disorder (manic depression), while coming into the foreground of awareness, also is heavily associated with creativity and intelligence. It’s not nearly as “weird” as things like OCD or schizophrenia. Instead, it’s the creative artist’s vogue disease. There are many creative people and celebrities who have depression or are bipolar. They’re successful, witty, creative, and you want to be them. Naturally, you’ll gravitate toward what seems to make them interesting, their uniqueness. And that uniqueness is very well defined by depressive peculiarities. A study questioned 1,192 teenagers (yes, I am showing statistics) aged 12 to 17 and found that one in ten thought mental illnesses were “trendy” with half of those believing it made people ‘unique’. Some 16 per cent said celebrity sufferers had made mental conditions “fashionable”. The top five faked problems were: eating disorders (22%), self harming (17%), addiction (13%), depression (12%) and bipolar disorder (9%). What teenagers (sorry about this tacky generalisation) today don’t realise is that by faking it (and making dark blogs about it… I mean seriously?), you are promoting it. You are saying “Yes, cut your flesh! Bleed into the sink! Kill yourself! It makes me a deeper and more interesting person! It makes me special!”."
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I relate to this so much. I am Bipolar and I would go anything to give it up. It is in no way 'trendy' or 'fun'. You feel like your're on a roller coaster and you cannot control your emotions and you just want to curl up in a ball sometimes. I remember someone telling me I was lucky to be different and have a different disorder. I've seen so many blogs that talk about self harm and eating disorders. There are just some twats out there that think you acquire an eating disorder from not eating. They do not think that maybe it is a generic disease caused from depression. Why would someone want to openly admit that they have a disorder though? What I really can not fathom though is that they promote these disorders such as the ones you said but not others such as dyslexia or down syndrome? Because those are not 'hip' or 'cool'. It's sad that someone could go to making up a disorder to get more attention. They clearly just want to play the victim against the world.
As a teenager, I see what you're talking about just about every day. People think addiction is so great and that cutting yourself is all the rage. Two years ago, I was very, very depressed, which led to me harming myself. Not many people know that, and I guess by writing this, anyone will know now. But that's not the point. It wasn't something I was proud of or bragged about. So when I see people joke about self harm, it really gets on my nerves. Thanks for sharing this with us. It makes me happy to know that I'm not the only one who feels this irritation.
I agree with this 100%, and I'm glad you said something. People faking these diseases don't realize that those who actually suffer from them don't boast about it; they're ashamed of it. It bothers me immensely when I see people bragging about things like eating disorders or cutting, since I've suffered from both and do my best to hide it. Thanks again.
I know I have clinical depression, and I most likely have bipolar disorder and the quote "Diseases like bipolar disorder (manic depression), while coming into the foreground of awareness, also is heavily associated with creativity and intelligence." seriously just made my day, because I am both creative and intellegent and it makes me feel "special" in a good way.