The Less Romantic Side of Mental Illness
It’s not a trend, it’s not something to glorify and it is by no means something that needs to be romanticized.
For the past year, I have noticed an exponential rise in the amount of articles I see online praising the “romantic” sides to mental illness. They provide readers with their interpretation as to why those who have any sort of mental illness are the best people to become friends with, the best people to date and so on. Something I have noticed with these undeniably naïve articles is that somewhere in the article, the authors proclaim that they personally do not endure any sort of mental illness. Well, I am here to tell you that I suffer from a couple forms of anxiety and there is nothing to romanticize.
Envision yourself submerged in a pool in which you are sinking to the bottom and you can’t find a way to reach the surface. You are running out of air and your heart is beating so vigorously and rapidly that it feels as if it is going to beat right out of your chest. Your body is in panic mode and you feel alone and helpless. Does anything about this deem romantic?
I didn’t think so either.
This is what it is like to have an anxiety attack or go through a bout of depression. This is what it frequently feels like for someone who deals with mental illness. Going through this can push people away, cause turmoil in relationships and cause the one suffering to isolate themselves from the world in fear of being a nuisance to the ones they love.
Having a mental illness can be debilitating, lonely, distressing and uninviting to those who do not want to deal with all that is entailed in someone with a metal illness. It mentally, physically and emotionally affects you in ways that cause us to feel trapped in our own bodies.
I don’t know when or why mental illness became so idolized, but today, it seems as if everyone says they have depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, etc. It’s not a trend, it’s not something to glorify and it is by no means something that needs to be romanticized.