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Why We Need To Stop Romanticizing Mental Health Problems

Why We Need To Stop Romanticizing Mental Health Problems

Recently, I just read an article which explained some reasons on why the best girlfriend or boyfriend is the one who has anxiety. Then, not long after that, I just found an article headline which suggests the readers should love a person who regularly over thinks everything in her life.

The article was viral, it has been read by more than 10 thousand readers and shared for more than a thousand times.


As a Psychology graduate, I can’t help but notice that those published articles were twisting the truth about having a mental health problem; they were encouraging the society to think that it’s totally okay for us to live with a mental health problem and it is something that people should be proud of.

Those articles were romanticizing mental health problems and it could be a major misleading perception for the youths; they might be subconsciously developing their own mental health problems which they actually didn’t have in the first place.


Living with a mental health problem is nothing but struggles. If you really have a mental health problem, reading those articles will only make you feel more irritated because the ones who really have it will do anything to be healed instead of being proud of it.

Having anxiety and being an overthinker, for example, are not the traits for an ideal life partner, but those are the traits to be understood and compromised.

Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, or phobias, are the issues that have to be discussed carefully, simply because it could be a trigger for the readers to develop those illnesses within themselves.


The truth is, mental health problems are the same with any physical health problems which have to be handled, dealt, and cured. As bitter as it sounds, a mental health problem is an illness, a problem, an issue that has to be solved, and nothing fancy about it.

Mental health problem is being overrated by the media for the sake of gaining audiences. Being proud of having a mental health problem is the same with being proud of having an open scar on your knee, which is still bleeding.

Having a mental health problem is not something to be proud of; it is something to be aware and accept before it’s being healed.


Those articles might give people the awareness about mental health problems; it gives us understanding that the people who have those problems are worth to be loved too, and I can’t agree more since being loved is one of the best ways to deal with a mental health problem.

Even a research stated that emotional support, such as being loved by family members, is effective to decrease the anxiety level of a terminally ill patient. But, people also need to remember that a mental health problem within someone is an issue which still needs a proper treatment.

What do you think?

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Written by Rayi Noormega

Rayi Noormega is a 22 year-old girl from Indonesia who is currently studying Psychology and just found out that her true passion is actually writing. She’s in love with midnight flights, city lights, and those long road trips until the dawn with non-stop deep conversations.

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