Drew a version of this a while ago for my psychology teacher to hang in his classroom. The way people so often misinterpret legitimate mental disorders is probably one of my biggest pet peeves.
okay, so this post has gotten A LOT more attention than i thought it would since the time it has first been posted, so I decided to add this edit because of some of the not so kind asks I’ve been receiving since I’ve chosen to publish it. Mostly because I find there are quite a few people who misinterpreted my objective with this comic- and I just want to make sure it is clear.
This, by no means, is supposed to offend anyone, or for that matter, it is not supposed to be making assumptions about anyone or their personal issues. It is not supposed to alienate or isolate certain groups of people. The subject of mental health is very tricky and personal for everyone here.
The point of drawing this little comic was to try and make a comment about how in our society, it is a very normal thing for people to misuse the terms referring to mental illness, mental issues, or very strong and heavy emotions. Not only is it often used loosely, but also sometimes inaccurately.
For example, The “my mom yelled at me yesterday/she’s so bipolar”- just because someone shows aggressive behavior does NOT mean they have bipolar disorder.
I originally drew this comic because it bothers me how loosely and wrongly these conditions can be taken or depicted. There are people with legitimate problems, and when these words are thrown around, not only do they spread misconception about what the disorder is, but also can be very hurtful to those who must face these conditions or emotions that must be taken seriously.
It speaks of how much, as a society, we do not take mental health as seriously as we should be. And often times, people do not even realize that saying things like “haha lol I’m so retarded!” is completely out of line.
Also, I have received a multitude of messages telling me that “depressed” is an adjective and an emotion. And yes, you are technically correct.
Although like I said before- I chose the phrase “mental disorders are not adjectives” because my intentions were more so to tell how these words should not be tossed around carelessly AS adjectives. Or at least- even though depressed is an adjective and an emotion- it shouldn’t be used lightly or incorrectly.
( the “i was feeling depressed yesterday” is supposed to represent those who use “depressed” to describe simply feeling bummed out, NOT trying to shoot down those who actually are depressed, whether it is clinically diagnosed or not, even if for a day. Because we are all capable of feeling that.)
I’m sorry if this edit seems like it’s redundant or unnecessary- I was just being attacked continuously, and it was because of the comic being misinterpreted, which is understandable. I see now how misleading it can be. I just want to make sure there isn’t any further confusion, and I apologize if anyone has been personally offended, I did not intend to do so.