Why Faking a Mental Illness is never ok 

Panic disorder isn’t a trend. There is no special treatment with a mental illness.

I’m going to try writing this post without starting to violently punch capital letters into my keyboard but I can’t promise that. I’ve put off writing this post for a long time because I knew that I’d just start pointing out every reason I hate humanity. Harsh, but true. So, I’m apologising in advance for any harsh comments. 

Why Faking a Mental Illness is never Ok:

It is not a trend: Suffering with panic disorder is not suddenly a trend because somebody with a lot of followers announces they have been diagnosed with it for a long time. People suddenly think, ‘Hang on, I’ve felt nervous before, I must suffer with it too!’ And jump on this bandwagon (Scottish phrase? 😂). Feeling a bit self conscious about your body does not result in an immediate diagnosis of body disphormia. Suffering with a mental illness is not ‘cool’ and ‘different’. Having pneumonia isn’t ‘cool’ so why is suffering in your head so different? Struggling with a mental illness is absoloute hell and people claiming to have suffered because they once turned down a meal or got a bit nervous are seriously belittling these serious conditions that people actually suffer with, and it also prevents people seeking help. It is these people who class mental health disorders as ‘trendy’ who have managed to turn seeking help and speaking about your disorder into an attention-seeking strategy. People who seriously struggle are not reaching out because of issues these people have caused, resulting in a life lost that could have been saved.

A mental illness = Hell : No, there are earlier days when initially developing a mental illness when perhaps the symptoms are not as apparent, and can often go unnoticed. However, in most cases with mental illness you’ll find that the person suffering didn’t realise they had a problem until it got seriously dangerous, or it can escalate quite quickly. Experiencing being nervous or sad is normal, and it can be stress provoking, but it is nothing to be worried about. People who suffer with anxiety disorders worry constantly, rarely experiencing a day without excessively worrying or panicking. Suffering with a mental illness is absoloute hell and doesn’t usually tie in with getting a bit worried now and then.

Nobody who’s actually struggling uses their illness for attention : It is actually usually the exact opposite which is why often people are diagnosed years into their disorder. People experiencing a mental illness (or physical illness) don’t ever use what they’re suffering with as a tool for attention (of course there are exceptions but usually with family). They also don’t overly exaggerate symptoms or even show them at all.

It’s actually really obvious if you’re faking: Chances are, if you’ve ever faked symptoms of a mental illness before or claimed to suffer with one, a lot of people around you will have people they know who have been clinically diagnosed or perhaps they have. Please be aware of this.

It can cause further problems for other people: Like,I’ve already said, Faking mental illnesses can often cause people who are genuinely struggling to ignore seeking help for their problems. This can result in a sort of ‘domino effect’. Mental health impacts everybody around you, and preventing people from seeking help, even without knowing, is not ok.

Ok,so I’ve probably said some things that might offend people and contradicted myself quite a few times but all in all,I’m  trying to say that having a Mental Illness is not ‘trendy’. If you’re having a tough time with your mental health or even if you’re going through a rough patch, please feel free to message me on twitter (@recovering_ed) or let me know in the comments.

As always, stay strong and safe,

Casy x

9 thoughts on “Why Faking a Mental Illness is never ok 

  1. I can’t agree more! Well said, glad you did too. Unfortunately, there are many jumping on bandwagons lately, whether mental health issues, “can’t eat bread” whatever, once one person says it, everybody follows…perhaps that is mental illness after all. Instead of doing the research and finding out whether it’s true or not. If someone has a mental health issue, they rarely speak of it, more ashamed than anything, or are simply unaware of the scope of the issue or how it affects those around them.

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  2. I agree completely with the sentiments of this post. I’m also concerned that a diagnosis of a bipolar disorder is tempting to achieve as it can leave the door open to all sorts of explanations for behaviour. Thankfully, a psychiatrist backed off as far as I was concerned and I escaped from a lifetime on lithium!


    1. I absolutely understand, a lot of diagnostic criteria is really normal to experience from time to time, but it is usually really obvious when it is something bigger xx


  3. Who would want to fake a mental illness? I wouldn’t wish the chaos inside my brain on anyone?

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    1. Me neither! I guess people don’t understand and use it as an attention seeking strategy x


  4. I have bipolar type 1. I am a member (actually even a group leader) for a somewhat popular online support group. I very often see people visiting the group saying they think they have bipolar disorder or they think their girlfriend or boyfriend or spouse has it because of 1 symptom or stereotypical symptom of the disorder. Of course the group has to encourage them to get a psychiatric evaluation. I’m sure many don’t even bother. Or IF they do get the diagnosis, and it really isn’t accurate, they quickly stop medications because the medication side effects are worse than their “illness”. Bipolar used to be highly stimatized. Now, as you mention, it is almost cool to call someone “bipolar”. “Like, ya know. She is so bipolar.” Like, you don’t know!

    Of course some of the above-mentioned do have a true diagnosis. I don’t mean to imply none of them do or that they all fake or exaggerate symptoms. But you are right that many people really can’t relate to serious mental illnesses until they truly experience them.

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    1. I am so glad someone understands what I’m saying – it is almost seen as a trend at the moment and it shouldn’t be like that xx

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  5. That’s just weird – why would you do that? It’s like being gluten intolerant has become trendy too. Any one who genuinely has these conditions wouldn’t wish it on their worst enemy!
    Thank you so much for the follow of my blog. I wish you well 🙂

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