As so many of us struggle under the gnawing shadow of a world pandemic, the conversation around mental health seems to be finding its momentum of late. However, as we generously slather words like depression, anxiety, stress, etc. in our social media updates and everyday conversations, can we really tell one from the other?
So deep happens to be the stigma around conversations based on mental health struggles that our understanding of them is mostly based on all the skewed projections we watch in movies and television. Thus, depression to most means dark rooms and pill bottles, anxiety means a morbid apprehension of everything around, and stress not too different from both of them. However, that's not really how they manifest in everyday lives.
For starters in real life, an anxiety attack is definitely not a plot device that your prince in shining armour can hug the hell out of you. In fact, it is the exact opposite if anything. Recently, a Twitter user started a thread on the same elucidating how her own struggles with anxiety are drastically different from how it is actually portrayed in movies and small screen.
She started by saying how far from real movies' romanticisation of mental health struggles and anxiety happens to be and how it turns out to be problematic for those dealing with mental health patients in the longer run.
Here's what she had to say:
i hate when movies romanticize anxiety/panic attacks. for example, the main character is having a “panic attack“ and she’s sitting on the floor and her crush notices her, touches her hand and looks her in the eyes and she’s suddenly okay. well, let me tell you something— cathᴱᴸᴾ (@smthgreatlou) July 28, 2020
She then went on the explain how crippling an anxiety attack can be and what it actually feels like:
Soon after her initial tweets, the thread caught on as many others began to share their own experiences with anxiety and what happens during an anxiety attack. And from going temporarily blind to feeling extremely nauseous, people shared a list of all that they have experienced during anxiety attacks. People also shared their triggers in the thread including nausea-inducing situations, phobias, and random physical intimacy.
Here's everything that they had to share about anxiety attacks:
Nothing so filmy about anxiety attacks, right? Well, it's time the mental health conversation picks up in the entertainment industry as well and not just in terms of tabloid interviews but also in the form of how it translates on the screen. We certainly don't want to see mental health struggles through rose-tinted glass anymore. Hope filmmakers are listening!
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