(starting this off by saying this is just an angry response to the image, not anyone who has reblogged it or the person I reblogged it from).
I can’t stand these sorts of campaigns. They shit on chronic physical illness in order to help explain the situation of mental illness. You shouldn’t need to step on one to help the other.
But the biggest problem is that it supposes that people who have physical illnesses get better treatment from society which is the biggest fucking lie, and throw physically ill & disabled people under the damn bus.
We are NOT better understood or cared for. We are NOT better taken care of. We are NOT left alone to get our treatments.
We have people tell us that we don’t need medications that help us live and we get told to try changing our diets and exercising more, just like mentally ill people get told. People tell us that they are tired of us being sick all the time or about us talking about being sick. People don’t want to go out with us because they are afraid our illnesses will flare and they’ll be in a bad position. People get angry that we get sick and have to take leaves of absence from school or work and tell us we should just quit. I’ve heard nearly every one of those quotes up there turned around on me or friends of mine in regards to our chronic illnesses. And for protections in schools or work? I have protections for my school work due to my disabilities. Doesn’t mean teachers are always understanding and that they don’t grade me more harshly or refuse to let me make up assignments I missed because I was too ill to get to campus.
We don’t have ANY sort of goddamned privilege over ANYONE.
And the thing that really, really, REALLY gets me mad, is that most of us who are dealing with physical illnesses are dealing with mental illnesses as a result. We are dealing with anxiety (like about our health), depression (like about what we can’t do because our bodies limit us), AND we are in pain all the damn time. We are dealing with ALL of that. So we’re sitting here and we really, really do understand your frustration and pain about your mental illnesses. We do. But we are also experiencing how fucking awful it is to be physically disabled AND mentally ill at the same time. And now we have to deal with people who are mentally ill but not physically, telling us that we have it made and that society actually treats us well? Fuck that shit cuz it’s not fucking true.
Walk a mile in the shoes of someone who is physically disabled. Actually, you probably COULDN’T because not all of us can walk a mile.
You can accomplish raising awareness and destroying the stigma surrounding mental illness WITHOUT shitting on physically disabled people in the process.
Oh and let me note. If any of this is confusing or jumbled, it’s because I’m dealing with really severe brain fog right now that I don’t know the cause of but it’s likely some physical issue. But I can’t very well tell this to a teacher, “Oh grade me less harshly because I can hardly form coherent sentences.”
This text accurately describes my opinion about this campaign.