From OK Doomer: “These days, the phrase ‘mental health’ refers to your ability to engage in surface acting. It has very little to do with your actual emotions or sense of wellness. It has everything to do with how well you can continue fitting in with a group and how much you can contribute to the economy.
All of this surface acting has devastating consequences for our mental health. It increases your sense of emotional dissonance. It widens the disconnect between how you feel and how you think you should feel. It leads to more depression, more anxiety, and a deeper sense of alienation. It can drive people to engage in more coping behaviors, like excessive drinking.
What happens when you finally listen to all of those internet aphorisms about reaching out to someone for help?
It makes your friends and family uncomfortable. They reach for more aphorisms. They offer superficial reassurances, like ‘Everything’s going to be okay.’ They make a vain effort to cheer you up. They minimize and trivialize your concerns, and then they leave as soon as possible.
. . . Almost everything in our culture attempts to convince us that mental health is a personal responsibility, a performance we owe to society, not the result of a society where we take care of each other.
That’s the problem.”
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