Please please please stop saying things like “If I had a physical illness instead of a mental one you’d take me seriously!” or literally anything to that effect.
This is a really common misconception but I have no idea where it comes from as the reaction pretty much all chronic illnesses get, mental or physical, tend to be roughly the same. Some illnesses have more stigma or are treated with more ableism than others, yes, but as general categories the way they’re treated are the same.
I’ve gotten the exact same comments about both my mental and physical health, including
- Aren’t you too young to have that?
- Are you sure those meds wont turn you into a zombie?
- Did you try yoga?
- Have you tried sleeping better?
- Try this diet it’ll totally make you better!
- I’m pretty sure thats not a real thing
- You’re just using that as an excuse
- no, you’re just lazy/[insert ableist slurs here].
Additionally, I’ve been physically sick literally over 5 years and do not have any diagnosis, which is not uncommon. Being physically ill is not some magical difference from being mentally ill where doctors suddenly aren’t ableist towards you, know exactly how to diagnose you, and do so immediately.
Its also not a magical land where people take you seriously, ever. Believe me. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been told I’m too young to be chronically ill, and I’ve been chronically ill since I was 13 so its like, clearly it can happen a lot younger than 18. and yet I get those comments constantly anyways.
if you’re mentally ill but otherwise abled PLEASE don’t make these kinds of statements anymore because its just not true. They WOULD and they DO act the exact same ways to ppl who are physically ill. unless you’ve had experience being treated as both physically and mentally ill please stop comparing the two as if you have any idea what its like. you clearly don’t because no, it wouldn’t be different if you were physically ill. it wouldn’t be different at all.
(Source: n-ll, via quantumstarlight)