Liars, people that use mental health and stress as a get out of jail free card, or as an excuse for a couple of extra days off work, piss me the hell off!
“Stress – a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances” – The Dictionary
Now don’t get me wrong here, I’m not trying to tell people how they feel, and from my own experiences I know you can’t judge someone’s mental state, but half of these people wouldn’t even know what “demanding circumstance” was if it hit them in the fucking face! These people use this as an excuse for their own personal gain, because they’ve witnessed other people around them with general concerns and they hang onto their coat tails. Which in turn, drowns out the genuine people with genuine mental health issues.
Being someone that suffers from social anxiety and who has suffered from depression and stress in her time, I can tell you, I wasn’t one to sit there and advertise it every chance I got, or god forbid use it as an excuse. I would be angry if it held me back, this is why I’m fighting my better nature to talk about it, in hopes I can help others.
Now as I am saying this, I don’t want people to think that stress and mental health isn’t a major concern which should be on everyone’s mind, my problems here is with liars. The thing about these issues is that everyone is scared to talk about them, one because they don’t understand them, and two, people don’t believe you, and as I’ve said above, think they use it as a quick and easy way to get out of work. I can see the irony.
What I’m saying is people need to take a step back and think. If you can easily throw the words stress around like it means nothing, then people are going to believe it’s nothing. It’s like saying you have a migraine, when in fact you just have a headache. So just think. You might have had a bad couple of days at work, but the person next to you, that person could have the whole world on their shoulders.
So, if you do have any concerns for yourself, or anyone around you, please don’t be afraid to ask for help. Please feel free to contact me anytime, if you would like to speak to come expects, MIND is an amazing site, they provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect they need and deserve.