I’m so sick of people saying they have “anxiety” when they really don’t. And having “anxiety” is becoming a trend and it’s honestly pissing me off.
Because now people with anxiety are either looked at as being dramatic and fake or people don’t understand and push them to do things they just can’t do, like presentations, because they think they’re just nervous.
So, unless you’re clinically diagnosed with anxiety, shut the fuck up.
Do you know how hard it is for some people to even get a diagnosis of something like anxiety? Let’s not even go into the difficulty of even making it into a doctor’s office and forming the words “I think I have a problem”, you’ve got to hope you’re in a doctor’s office that contains a doctor who understands that anxiety is even a real thing and not just “people being dramatic” or whiny or “nervous”. YES there are doctors who think this too, and I guarantee you every one who thinks they MAY have anxiety (and struggles with the related anxiety of deciding whether they really DO have anxiety or whether they, themselves, are just BEING DRAMATIC or WHINY or NERVOUS) has worried that they will get a doctor who tells them to get over themselves.
You do not get to dictate when someone can and cannot say they have a disorder. Are there people who are claiming anxiety when they are “just nervous”? Sure. Just like there are people who say they’re depressed when they’re “just sad”. But not everyone is, and messages like this just make it harder for people to accept that they have a problem, that it is a real problem, and that the rest of the world will see it that way.
Being dismissive is just another way of furthering stigmas. So please keep your judgements to yourself.