I find the people that say I don't believe... and yet preach about believing to be the most intriguing.
"I don't believe in depression." "I believe the universe will give me peace."
"I don't believe in hyper tension, it's just a kid with bad parenting." "I believe a higher being will grant me wealth."
Make up YOUR MIND! I read a ton of memes online, and some quite frankly I find to be more so ignorant than offensive.
I have TWO nephews with Cerebral Palsy, one of which is also autistic. That sickness that some say is just a child being a daydreamer. I have a niece with ADHD, she is an adult now and still struggles with it. It is offensive to THEM when people that don't bother reading to have such worthless opinions.
I get panic attacks, so severe for a while it affected my heart and required months long treatment. I can't tell you how many times I have heard people say or write 'oh, that's just someone not being able to handle things and having a fit.' 'That's a good cover for a titty attack.'
Panic Attack by definition is - a sudden feeling of acute and disabling anxiety.
I can tell you exactly what it is. It is darkness appearing all of a sudden on a sunny day. It's the lack of being able to breath normally so you breath so fast your heart rate increases. A tremendous amount of unknown fear explodes inside you, you don't even know where to start the confrontation and your excessive breathing is now making you feel like faint. Just short of a year ago, I found myself lying on the train platform, I don't even remember landing, just the attack coming, struggling to breath then breathing so much I passed out. The pain in my chest was anything but imagined. I began to embrace what I thought was my coming death. Surely, I was having a heart attack. No titties were involved and I wasn't stressing over anything at that moment. Just waiting for the train.
"In my day we didn't have all these so called sicknesses. It's an excuse." In your day there were more serial killers, 'crazy people' (the one shop word for not knowing the real sickness) and less chemicals put into your food for processing (something many are trying to prove to be a part of the reason for so many illnesses). In your day, ignorance was excusable but with the vast information out there and the ease to get it, that can no longer be an excuse.
I mean people can't even check an article to see if it's satire or a hoax. Just spreading the ignorance like fairy dust and hating the ones taking the time to set the record straight.
How about you inspire yourself to either be a good human and listen to someone and then do some research to better understand before opening your mouth? Or, if you're not inclined to research just keep your mouth shut and listen. No one expects everyone to have a medical degree, but we do expect some respect, empathy and concern.
Be thankful you don't have any illnesses, be grateful you were cared enough for to be considered a shoulder to lean on. Even if it's a quiet one.
I have learned to listen, I don't like giving advice, I don't like recommending anything (I'm no Dr) but I like to listen. If it's something I have been through or a condition I am familiar with I may mention what worked for ME, but I would also put emphasis that a MEDICAL professional opinion is best.
Are you living in the dark? Are you a non believer posing as a believer? Do you take an interest in what is going on in TODAY's world? Are you informed enough to be able to help today's children? Can you just make it through a day without judgement?
I dare you to stop, read, listen and just give a silent shoulder to the next person that reaches out to you with a condition you don't know a thing about.