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Sucks when sometimes you appear happy outside and people think your struggles aren’t real

When you try to be happy/ not affect people by your struggles, or you’re naturally trying to be kind and distract yourself, but then people don’t believe you struggle with an invisible illness, such as anxiety/ depression etc.

I understand it’s hard and people mean well, but sometimes it’s tough when you feel shame or things like you aren’t valid enough even though only you can know your secret struggles .

#Anxiety #Depression #struggles #Emotions #Stereotypes #hard #notfaking #sad

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Dear parents/guardians: If your kid(s) is a teenager or if they become one, please listen to them | TW family, misrepresentation

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I’m so sick of the common trope seen in media like many TV shows and games that portray teens as “they think they can do whatever they want”, as folks with an attitude, or as folks who just talk back to their parent(s). I’m 20 1/2 years old, I don’t have kids or teens, but even I know that this is bullcrap.

Please listen to teenagers, and for goodness sake, do not assume that them defending themselves or standing up for themselves is the pure same thing as having an attitude (my mother always made that same mistake when she used to be mentally abusive)!

Especially if they’re not fully straight/heterosexual, if they’re transgender/non-binary/genderqueer/etc., polyamorous or non-monogamous, struggling with or identifying as a part of anything else that’s outside the societal norm, struggling with illnesses, struggling with neurodivergence/disabilities, or struggling with mental health and/or trauma. Please, I beg you. Don’t ignore them or excuse them for these ignorant stereotypes!

#TeenagersDeserveBetter #Family #psa #MentalHealth #Teen #teenager #teenmentalhealth #LGBTQIA #listen #misrepresentation #Anxiety #Trauma #misunderstood #Stereotypes

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Gender Norms

I don't really understand why people take offense to men of any orientation being comfortable in women's clothing. It's nice to see people who are able to see femininity in the same light as masculinity. It's disappointing when that seems offensive to fellow women. #Thinking #gendernorms #Stereotypes

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What stereotypes of #Disability and #MentalHealth would you replace?

I get so tired seeing disabled stereotypes in the media repeated over and over with no new personalities. If you could replace one #stereotype with something more accurate, what one would you replace and what would you change?

some damaging #Stereotypes I’ve seen:

the “Tiny Tim” : Perfect, innocent angel with terrible health problems and no personality whatsoever - meant only to be pitied and show the main character how to be “good”

the “Captain Hook” : Evil villain with visible scars or amputations, feared from the moment the main character lays eyes on him- the scars represent some sort of inner evil

the “Joker” : bad guy who has devastating mental health problems yet somehow still manages to be the most powerful villain, like, ever - meant to be completely incapable of good because of their mental health

the “Batman” : hero who is constantly being subjected to terrible emotional/physical/mental trauma but never really gets help for it and is somehow... fine? Maybe troubled, but still functioning, popular, and remarkably not dead (didn’t they just get hit by a bus two minutes ago?) - meant to demonstrate how strong the hero is by showing how they can “push through” anything.

I’m sure there are more. What stereotypes bug you the most, and what would you change them to?

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