People Share The Insensitive Things Other People Have Said To Them About Mental Illness And It’s Heartbreaking

The number of people suffering from mental illnesses is increasing every day.

Speaking up about mental illness isn’t easy at all, because people don’t try to understand it. They do not realize the intensity of it and how severely it can affect our lives. Anxiety is the most common mental illness that can be seen in our generation today. Family and friends tend to ignore it because they think it’s just temporary, or it might be a phase.

However, not being able to understand one’s illness is different but being completely ignorant and passing insensitive comments about it is just worse because it’s not easy for a person with mental illness to share their feelings.

Hattie Gladwell is a reporter for the UK newspaper, Metro. She decided to do a short survey about how people can be utterly ignorant about mental illness. So she asked people to share “the most unhelpful/insensitive thing someone has said to you about your mental illness.” To get it going, she volunteered one of her own, using the hashtag #ThingsPeopleHaveSaidAboutMyMentalIllness.

Let’s take a look at what people had to say.

Most people think that mental illness can be fixed by just “controlling” it and that’s the dumbest thing you can tell anyone.

So, people started to share the remarks they got after opening up about their mental illness.

That’s so selfish and mean!

Are you for real?

Only if she knew what it’s like to get a panic attack!

Yes, because you are not in my shoes!

Everybody’s favorite!

Yeah, as if they know a lot better than us.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers some eye-opening statistics on mental illness such as:

1. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.

2. Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9% received mental health services in the past year.

3. Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44.

We don’t expect people to understand our psychological illness, but it gets worse when doctors start passing insensitive comments too.

Like it isn’t even a big deal.

Wtf!? His license should be canceled!

Ignorance at its peak!


Some therapists were ignorant too.

She might be interested in her son, maybe? But that’s not even the point.

Then what are you getting paid for!?

That’s the worst thing she could have said.

People will try to make it sound like it isn’t a big deal but the people who are going through it must know that they are the strongest for holding onto life and fighting against their mental illnesses. Stay strong, everyone!

If you’re having suicidal thoughts, don’t hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. This 24-7 national network of local crisis centers provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

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