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Bex.
6d ago

Ahhh OCD is so not fun why is mental illness so romanticised. Like what is up with that.

cheyras
6d ago
I think a lot of people feel like mental illness would make them unique or “special.” Our society is pretty fixated on identity and things of that nature right now so I think that’s where a lot of the romanticism of mental illness comes from.
AnonymousA
6d ago
People like to identify with their pain to make it mean something. Like the comment above mentions, people often seek feeling special. But when you identify with your illness, trauma, etc, you subconsciously subvert your efforts to heal because without it, who would you be?
garden
6d ago
i sometimes find myself feeling this way, and i then feel incredibly ashamed of myself for feeling special for it
AnonymousA
6d ago
@garden The shame is normal! Don’t let it get to you. It’s a huge thing to even recognize that you’re doing it
garden
6d ago
@AnonymousA thank you. i guess it’s just hard because my biggest fear is being a narcissist and it feels narcissistic to feel special for this hahah
AnonymousA
6d ago
@garden True narcissists don’t worry about being narcissists. I have always needed to feel special, and I’m just starting to work through it. I’m reading “the courage to be disliked” and it’s helping me immensely!
garden
6d ago
@AnonymousA thank you 🙏