This week I learned family and social media are not a good mix especially when you talk about mental illness.
As you know I’m pretty open about the fact that I have a few issues mainly bipolar disorder, anxiety, and PTSD. This week I was pretty upset when one of my relatives said on Facebook “Why don’t you just grow up and snap out of it?”
I don’t know about you but I get pretty upset when people act like mental illness isn’t a real disease and think we can just snap our fingers and it was gone. It really upset me so last night I unfriended/unfollowed and even blocked most of my family members on social media. It’s kind of sad that they don’t really understand I can’t help it and I’m not just trying to get attention.
It’s really weird though that they would even bring it up since I’ve been really positive lately on Facebook. I’ve actually been posting various happy/positive photos and statuses. I have no idea why they brought this up and they even got pretty rude and told me the world would be better off without me if I can’t get over my “fake” illness.
I really hope none of you have to go through this and one day we figure out how to raise awareness for bipolar disorder and get rid of the stigma associated with it. For now, I’m just going to be more observant of who I add or allow to be part of my social media accounts and I’m going to try to use my accounts and this blog to raise awareness about mental illness.
If you have any suggestions on how to deal with this situation I’d appreciate it if you could drop me a comment below. Thank you.