My mother seems to think so. Wtf? How is it a choice?
Most Helpful Guy
Absolutely not - I have had mental health issues during my life and I can definitely say it is not a choice - I understand where your mother is coming from - This does not come from ignorance, it comes from misunderstanding, they think "I have felt sad in the past but in time I got over it so that is basically what depression is" but that is not what depression is - Firstly there are several different types of depression, I had mild bipolar and my life was dog rough - I went on an out patient course in a psychiatric hospital with people who had severe mental health issues, these people had suffered so much I was embarrassed to be in same room as them bemoaning my mild bipolar. Mental health issues are all about finding out what helps you cope, what works for you - It is something that should be taken totally seriously - As others have said they are very aware when mental health is duscussed on forums like this because misperception is probably one of the biggest problems. Mental health issues are scary, never be afraid to research and seek help whether or not it is professional is up to you.
Most Helpful Girl
It's definitely not a choice but I think some people do just think like that. I think maybe because it makes them feel better, like if it's something that can be overcome by sheer willpower and force then it's not as serious or something? Like when I was diagnosed with ADD as a kid, my mom refused to believe that I needed the tests and the medication and even though she eventually took me to see a psych she'd like, hold my meds until someone said something to her, and she'd try to force me to get better or something. Eventually I learned to hide it but it was absolute shit til my sister and brother also got diagnosed and all of a sudden everything is dandy. It's just a stigma to some people, maybe because of their culture or upbringing or whatever.1