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Thanks for Reminding Me That Things Could Be Worse: My Anxiety Already Knows

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One of the more popular dismissive comments people throw out when talking to someone who lives with mental illness is that “it could always be worse.” It is also sometimes presented as a harsh reminder that “other people have it worse” to remind us that we aren’t suffering as badly as others.

Hearing someone say that is always guaranteed to make me cringe because not only does it minimize our experiences, but it also eludes to the fact that they are suggesting that only one person — the one who has it the absolute worst of all — has any right to complain or to talk about their illness at all.

I can almost imagine all of the mentally ill people of the world trying to wage combat with each other from our beds, Highlander-style, half-heartedly

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