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A quick note on 'glamorizing' mental illness

I don't associate "coolness" with something I wish I didn't have. When I make dark humor jokes about my mental health issues, the intent is not to glamorize the mental illness.

The social goal I have in mind when I do that is two-fold:

  • It highlights an experience that I think is worth sharing, because sharing it promotes de-stigmatization and acceptance, which helps other people who might relate with it.

  • It's a coping mechanism for me, a way to "pwn" my mental illness, so to speak. In other words, it's being like, "these are the sub-optimal coffee beans I've been dealt, and I'd have preferred to have been dealt better ones, but I might as well roast them dark and make them more palatable."


Last updated: 2021-12-22