Pain is not a contest.
This picture isnt the best. It was done quickly out of high emotion. I didn't know any symbols or images that represented mental illness & couldn't find any so I went with the semicolon since it's the simplest & most well known.
I've always seen chronically ill people & mentally ill people battle with each other over who "has it worse". Which ones are treated worse by society, which ones have less proper treatment, which illness is the hardest to deal with. It's a never ending cycle that makes no sense.
Someone could come at me & go on about how I know nothing of the struggles of using a wheelchair. And I could attack back by going on about how they know nothing of the struggles of schizo. We'd battle over who's hospitals stays are worse. Who deals with more ableism.
Both sides are treated terribly by society. Both are traumatized by multiple hospital stays. Both have shitty care. We experience very similar things but neither has it entirely "worse" than the other. We both have it hard. Just differently.
We've all heard the comments from healthy, neurotypical people. " Drink more water! Try a healthier diet." "Think positively" "Put faith in God" "You need to try harder" "Stop letting this hold you back" "Have you tried alternative medicines?"
We get the looks. Labels. Crappy "representation" in the media. Stigma.
It shouldn't be
"You know nothing of my struggle"
"You know the struggle all too well."
When one side meets the other, it should be understanding. Regardless of whether you THINK or FEEL you have it worse in some ways, you should KNOW that we simply have it DIFFERENTLY. Pain is not a contest.
There is no struggle Olympics.
We shouldn't treat each other this way.
Don't we get enough shit from the rest of the world already?
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