Mental Illness Is NOT A Joke

By: Farah Dessouky

I’ll start by giving you guys a real life example; two of my very close friends are called Alya and Hana, and we were once talking about how Alya barely sleeps then Hana was like “alya di haga deep awi, insomniac keda” Of course we still make fun of Hana because of this. Lol. But my point is that something as painful and serious as an illness such as insomnia is portrayed by society, which is here Hana, as something deep and poetic and it’s just not okay. Obviously that doesn’t cover the infinite misconceptions and faty of what a mental illness’s symptoms actually are.

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“Suicidal people are just angels that wanna go home.”  Seriously what kind of bullshit are we telling suicidal people?  Their pain should never be an opportunity for us to turn into something easier on us to comprehend, and accept. Nothing is beautiful in someone being so depressed that they take their own life away, and this shitty romanticizing statement trivializes something THAT serious and makes people pay less attention into an actual illness that needs to be taken seriously in order to be treated.

So please, let’s agree that people commit suicide because they’re depressed not because they’re angels not cuz “emanhom da3eef” not because they’re genius!!!  And on a side note, because this really annoys me too, Van Gogh ate yellow paint because he was fucking suicidal so don’t “find your yellow paint” and don’t turn the story of an artist who was literally swallowing poison into art as well. Because it’s not.

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How many times do we hear someone saying something like “da OCD awi” and at the end it’s because someone is using a hand sanitizer maslan, and although all the mentioned examples of ignorance annoy me, this gets to me the MOST. Because obsessive compulsive disorder is such harsh illness were people suffer of recurring unwanted thoughts and carry out many extreme actions to relieve those recurring thoughts. And yes I know this isn’t a psych lecture but an illness with this complexity which, sometimes is related to extreme hygienic habits begad should -again- never be reduced into someone’s habit of fucking color coding their pens!

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And lastly I’m not of course gonna end this without mentioning the very “deep” people who read sad quotes and think this is depression, and the people who joke about suicide, and the people who think anyone with a mental illness is “m2avwar” or just seeking attention, and the people who think mental illness means insanity, ya’ll can fuck off. And most importantly to anyone that thinks they need help, follow your gut feeling and seek the help you need and deserve.  

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