Studies have shown that venting can be cathartic (I just got out of classes for the summer so forgive me if I don’t find and cite sources for this); my high school newspaper used to do a feature where we could write up 100-word “rants” on any topic, which I always thought was both fun and really interesting … so I decided to recreate it.
As you might know, May is Mental Health (Awareness) Month. It’s a topic that’s very close to my heart and one I wanted to pay tribute to. We live in a high-speed, high-stress world, so I figured there would be plenty of material for this post. But different people have different values and different frustrations, so I wanted to get a variety of opinions. Over on Twitter I asked y’all to send in rants on any topic.
And without further ado, I am so excited to bring you the first
and hopefully not last 100 word rants post!
Submissions may have been slightly edited, with the original writers’ permission.
Charvi @ Not Just Fiction: On Casual Use of “OCD” and “Depression”
I absolutely hate when people casually use words like ‘depressed’ and ‘OCD’ in their day to day lives. ‘I’m a little OCD, can you please straighten that?’ You’re not OCD, you’re fastidious — very attentive and concerned about accuracy and detail. It’s a slightly harder word to learn but it’s better that than disrespecting people who actually struggle with OCD.
And just because you didn’t get into a university you wanted doesn’t mean you can use ‘I’m feeling depressed’. You’re sad, crushed or disappointed but in no way depressed so stop invalidating the experiences of those who actually have to go through depression.
meeghan @ Meeghan Reads: On How the Book Community is Changing (Not for the Better)
Maybe it’s because I live near them so I’m feeling protective, but I’m really pissed about the way that the book community is treating authors of late — in particular Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The vitriol they got on social media over a decision their publishers made is absolutely disgraceful. Where books are distributed is not the authors decision. Preorder incentives is not the authors decision. Also, I’m disgusted by the absolute bashing that E.L. James got when she announced she was releasing a new book. You don’t have to like her books, but you should still respect people as people. The book community is starting to get this intolerant keyboard warrior troll shit going on and I am not impressed. We are a community who love to create and share and inspire, and the changes happening lately are not good. While not authors, the Goldsboro site situation with Aurora Rising is also heartbreaking. They are just a small business and the way they got slammed online was disgraceful. Where is this sense of entitlement coming from?!! It makes me sad for my fave industry.
Jayati @ It’s Just a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile: On How Depression is Not Sadness
People are often unaware of what various mental health disorders actually mean and indicate and without proper knowledge, form opinions which seem to have become wildly popular. One such misconception that really irks me is ‘Depression is caused by sadness’ which is actually very untrue — Depression is often hereditary and due to chemical imbalances but it seems that no one cares about the truth — they just want to say their opinion which are judge-y and often degrading! People judge others according to their beliefs (which may be wrong) and frankly speaking, that is one thing that I can’t handle!
If you want to say something about a topic, have proper knowledge about it or just shut up because it may affect the person it relates to in a horrible way!
Joe White @ jw_teach: On the Pressure on Teachers to be Experts in Everything
I wish as a teacher I could commit more time to each child, and have the knowledge needed to support them fully. With increasing cuts to essential services the pressure on teachers to be experts in mental health, attachment, trauma, specific interventions to “fix” issues that would take teams of specialists to investigate properly. Working in SEND I do mean that the expectation is to be an expert in a range of fields outside of education. Awareness will never be enough. Expertise in the field of teaching is no longer seen as enough. Please help us help our young people!
Thank you to everyone who submitted a rant! If you have a rant of your own — on any topic at all: serious or silly or anywhere in between — I’d love to get a response from you for a future post 😉