You don’t choose to have the disease of these things. To assume you have a freedom in them shows you are oblivious to the principles of these disorders. So fuck off with your ignorant bullshit. Thank you. Have a nice day.
I understand how upsetting it is when people think they can choose to have a mental illness. But I wish that more people would exhibit greater compassion—these people have mental illnesses too.
Remember the old phrase, “I’m not addicted, I can stop any time—I just don’t want to.”
Remember how that was always a tell-tale phrase that the person WAS addicted?
It’s tragic—people who believe they can choose to be anorexic, or bulimic, or any other mental illness…they’re only fooling themselves.
It feels much safer to believe you are choosing to do these things. It makes you feel in control.
In reality you don’t have any clue whether someone can truly stop, or is truly choosing to hurt themselves—and you! You of all people! Fellow mental-illness sufferer, you would go so far as to judge someone else because the person they project on the outside may not be who they are on the inside? You would expect them to be transparent while you KNOW how many of us suffer internally and put a smile on for everyone else?
I agree that when someone says they choose to have a mental illness that it perpetuates an awful stigma that we’re working to break. But please don’t shame people for being scared. Please don’t trigger your fellow sufferers by pushing them away and calling them fakes—because they are in denial or confused or trying so hard to hide.