If you treated ‘physical’ illnesses the way you treat ‘mental’ ones… Is the joke funny now?

 

 

 

 

“Wow. That’s rough. You’ll probably need, like, years of therapy now… HAHAHA!”

 

“Wow. That’s rough. You’ll probably need, like, years of chemo now… HAHAHA!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You’re depressed? Nah, you don’t need a psychiatrist. I get sad sometimes, too.”

 

“Your leg is broken? Nah, you don’t need a doctor. I get bruises sometimes, too.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You are bipolar? Do you REALLY need to see someone for that? Seems all in your head. Just get over it.”

 

“You are diabetic? Do you REALLY need to see someone for that? Seems all in your head. Just get over it.”

 

 

 

 

 

Well… that is offensive, is it not?

 

Why is it socially acceptable to joke about ‘mental’ conditions or illnesses but not ‘physical’ ones?

 

Is the brain a joke?

Are chemical imbalances in the brain really funny?

 

 

 

I’m trying to understand the ‘funny’ component, the punch-line, and I’m really struggling here…

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “If you treated ‘physical’ illnesses the way you treat ‘mental’ ones… Is the joke funny now?

  1. There’s nothing funny about mental illness. But I do use humor when I tell people about my illnesses. It seems to set some of them at ease and opens a door to educate them about PTSD and other things I deal with.

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    1. I totally get that! If you are using it yourself, great! If others are using it in a way that minimizes your pain/doesn’t take mental illnesses seriously, NOT great… haha.

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