Is it contradictory to say that mental health problems are both stigmatized and glamorized in today’s society? Let’s talk about why that is.
Hey everyone, welcome back. It’s so nice to see you all. My name is Autumn Asphodel and I am a coach dedicated to personal growth and success. Today I am going to share the stigmatization and glamorization of mental health problems. Share this crucial information with your family and friends who also struggle with this or who you want to understand you better.
Talking about a mental health problem is very difficult, largely due to the fear of judgement we feel when talking about what we are struggling with. The stigmatization will always be there because people who don’t have a mental health condition will never truly understand what it’s like to struggle every day with anxiety, depression, and the plethora of other problems. This prevents people from opening up, seeking treatment, and living freely.
However, due to the stigmatization of mental health conditions, there are egotistical and narcissistic people that exploit other’s pain and suffering to compensate for the emptiness they feel inside. Often these people glamorize mental illness for attention and sympathy from others, exploiting the very same issues they have, as well as covering up the true issues they are facing. They may seem genuine and honest, but are covering up their true issues.
The reason why mental illness is glamorized in today’s society is due to the Internet and constant exposure to false information about the condition and how to treat it, competition between people and organizations, memes, and cover ups. These all play a negative impact on not only our mental health, but the disorders that people deal with that are portrayed online as cool and hip with the younger generation.
Have you ever seen mems online about mental illness that mock your condition and make it look easy? What about people who claim to have a condition who make it look cool and fun? I’ve seen both of these and it’s quite distasteful and promotes the idea that dealing with a mental condition is easy and fun. I understand that the intentions may be good, that people may be trying to help those by making light of a situation that seems dark. But, it’s doing far more harm than it’s helping, which is preventing people from seeking treatment.
We’ve talked in the past about people who make videos on YouTube who use clickbait titles and thumbnails to exploit their mental health condition, making it look cool and fun. But deep down these people are hurting. These people are crying out for help online, but all their audience sees is, “Wow, it’s so cool to deal with this condition. I wish I had this. It would help me out so much.” It’s so sad to see, but the people responsible are the ones who are making it look cool and fun since they are exploiting their own condition to appease their viewers for entertainment and money.
On the topic of entertainment and money, BetterHelp reached out to me to collaborate with them. But after looking into the company further, I didn’t want to be associated with them. BetterHelp has reached out to me about five times asking to collaborate and promote their service in exchange for monetary compensation depending on how many people I can convince to sign up for their service. I wasn’t comfortable with exploiting my viewers like this and promote a product that wasn’t going to help you.
I’ve never used the service and never will. I do not wish to associate with them in any way. It may help some, but I wasn’t going to exploit my loyal followers and make money off you. The only time I promote products and services are if I use them and agree with the company’s mission. I will advertise supplements, food brands, and other products from companies I stand behind, personally use, and want to see succeed. BetterHelp is not one of those companies.
How many of you have heard the phrase, “BetterHelp sponsored this video?” This is a big cry for help to exploit the person’s mental illness for money and drive customers who are suffering to a company who may not be able to help the user. There are many stories online about BetterHelp where they reach out to users who make videos about their psychological struggles and offer them a partnership in exchange for a revenue stream determined by the number of people they get to sign up using their affiliate link.
This is a huge problem because BetterHelp is directly involved with the content that is going out that promotes their brand. People who promote them use real-life examples from their life and how they were struggling, but then say how much BetterHelp has helped them out of depression, despite the majority of them never actually using the service. These lies that are created are used to stigmatize and exploit the condition the person is dealing with to make money for both the company and user. They are said to offer competitive prices compared to meeting with a qualified therapist in person. However, insurance providers will cover psychological therapy sessions to a degree, as does medicaid.
To understand why mental illness is glamorized in today’s society is as simple as looking to the Internet where people, especially the younger generation, shares false information about how a mental illness is caused and how they are treated, cover up how they truly feel by creating memes who harm people who are truly suffering. The glamorization of mental illness stigmatizes the condition further and prevents people from truly opening up. To remedy this, we must learn to genuinely be ourselves and let go of fear of judgement from others. Once we do this, we will open up about who we truly are and be proud of the person we are.
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It’s truly saddening to see, mostly the younger generation, exploiting their own and other’s pain and suffering for personal gain and satisfaction. This promotes denial within them and makes it seem okay to exploit to further oneself and gain attention.
You see this heavily on YouTube, the most popular video sharing service, where many younger people glamorize mental health conditions by making it look cool, making memes on other forms of social media, as well as criticizing others who don’t fit the mold of what they define as mental illness.
The misinformation put online by these people also promotes denial and doesn’t help those get to the root of the issues they are having. It can also make those who are suffering want to hide even more.
It’s truly saddening and I wish it would stop, but alas it won’t. So don’t let that negatively impact your life. Instead, be you regardless of what anyone else thinks. Stay strong and persevere, because you can do it!
Regarding Better Help, they reached out to me many times so I could promote their scam company, and they used a fake Gmail address and referencing posts I made unrelated to mental health.
Check out update videos I did regarding their company: