hi i’m bella and in january 2013 i was diagnosed by an assigned doctor in northridge hospital’s psych ward with a generalized anxiety disorder. in recent months there have been so many people on the internet and otherwise discussing anxiety disorders. like depression, many people (especially people who don’t actually have it) have forgotten what it actually IS.
the DSM-5 definition is extensive so i won’t bother you with that, but you can look it up yourself if you want.
as a person with a diagnosed anxiety disorder, i’m really distraught and, for lack of a better term, peeved about the recent video known youtube personality acacia brinley has posted. the video is called “LET’S TALK ABOUT: SOCIAL ANXIETY”.
first things first. a person with severe social anxiety would not go to as many fan events and conventions and get togethers with 1,000+ people surrounding them at all times. it doesn’t matter if once they get there they want to leave. they won’t even consider going because they know they’ll feel uncomfortable enough to leave right away. a person with a type of anxiety disorder would not make countless videos made to attract fans and attention. now, let’s get into the actual video.
Everyone has too read this! I don’t really have anything against Acacia, I don’t follow her, I don’t watch her videos, she’s really nobody to me but I don’t understand how anyone can make light of serious conditions.
The amazing AMAZING girl who wrote this understands. And you know what? You need to understand too, whether you have social anxiety or not, whether you follow Acacia or not, you need to understand why it isn’t okay to make light of conditions.
And it doesn’t even have to be social anxiety. Because you know what? When you are sitting in a group of friends and you say “god I feel so depressed today, I forgot to do my homework and got detention” or “damn look how anorexic she looks” and your friends laugh with you, you know what you’re doing? You are trivialising conditions that actually destroy lives. And if one of your friends actually had depression? They’d laugh with you because otherwise you’d call them a “weirdo” but inside they are DYING even more than they were before because guess what? They thought you were their friend, they thought that maybe one day they could tell you because you would love and support them anyway. But now they know they can’t ever share their true thoughts with you. Because you just laugh at them.