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Sancho_Ponchez11 karma

Why is it that "anxiety and isolation," are suddenly hot topics when literally tens of millions of Americans already live with this condition. How come mental health only enters into public discourse when Joe Six Pack cannot watch the game on Sunday anymore? I have little sympathy for this "crisis " of isolation. This same public had ridiculed me for these exact same symptoms for 40 years. Why should anyone care about the privileged having a bad week?

Sancho_Ponchez5 karma

Again this same crisis line calling. panic buying society is the same public that has shunned people with severe illness like anxiety and depression since time immemorial. Until last week, talking about your acute mental health issues was akin to discussing your sexual attraction to family members. The stigma and judgement is through the roof. And when it's done, these same people will go back to the routine you're discussing and that stigma for those of us with chronic conditions will remain. It's difficult to spread empathy for a population that has no empathy for the tens of millions of us who've come to live this way for years. That includes mental health professionals. I recently had a therapist compare my symptoms of ptsd to a drug addiction. As if this disability was self-inflicted. Smh.

Sancho_Ponchez5 karma

The title is coping with Anxiety and Depression. The discussion is centered on that issue, not the larger crisis at hand. Currently death rate is less than one percent. The percentage of people with chronic isolation due to illness is well into double digits.

Sancho_Ponchez3 karma

Okay. You win dude. Lol

Sancho_Ponchez3 karma

The title of this post relates to mental health. We are discussing mental health. Your attempt to derail the mental health topic is another example of the way that society wants to diminish and ignore those who suffer. I use myself as an example. I am advocating for a community at least 30 million strong. Do you know what's also bern at epidemic levels for the last decade and rising? Suicide rates. Children are killing themselves but it's not affecting Karen and Bob from Muncie so it isn't an issue for public discourse.