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Crystal1414
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13 Oct 2021, 7:34 pm

I came across a video of people on tik tok faking mental disorders. I'm not sure how to feel about it.

The videos almost make it seem like a cute thing. I mostly see the videos of people faking DID or Autism and sometimes Bipolar. I feel like these people dont fully understand certain things.

I struggle a lot with my mental health. It prevents me from doing what I want to do, due to fear. Some days I feel worse than I thought I ever could. Other days I feel so happy. The paranoia is the worst though. It makes me feel really isolated. I get too scared to talk about it. I constantly feel on edge. Some nights I dont sleep from fear. I'm starting to take my meds again. Some nights I cant sleep because I have energy.

I also have known a few people from school who faked these things. I got into arguments with them.



funeralxempire
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13 Oct 2021, 7:45 pm

I'm curious about this because I've encountered people who finally get comfortable with not masking on some sorta social media platform and get attacked for faking but I also wouldn't be surprised to find someone who is trying to use it as a gimmick.

Personally I try to default to assuming the person probably isn't faking even if they're seeking validation since validation seeking is something people sometimes do when they're overwhelmed by anxiety and fear of rejection.

Something I'd also consider is, what's wrong with someone who fakes a mental illness or other significant disorder? If someone's faking being crazy for attention, they're probably just another flavour of crazy in which case their acting out should be understood through that lens.



cyniczer0
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14 Oct 2021, 7:29 pm

I feel as though people fake these things because others have romanticized them to the point where they are "desirable." Many people, especially younger teenagers, believe they have these conditions because they relate to posts without having done any research or introspection... I believe the way autism and DID especially are being faked more and more is a reflection of the way social media has woobified both as of late. Maybe I'm wrong, though. If they really want autism they can have mine, lol.


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