While there’s nothing funny about depression and anxiety, when people struggling with these conditions share their experiences in a humorous or lighthearted way, it can be a powerful tool to cope.
Humor is, in a way, a language used to communicate experiences that may otherwise be difficult to talk about. And when funny posts go viral, like some of the tweets we’ve picked out below, it can show people they aren’t alone in their experiences.
By sharing relatable and funny posts on social media, people with mental illnesses can find a platform to express their experiences and possibly eliminate stigma by opening up the conversation about mental health. It’s also a way to bring together those who live with mental illness in a lighthearted way.
If you also use humor to cope with anxiety and depression, here are some tweets you might find relatable:
"exercise helps depression"
— linds (@linsagna) September 14, 2017
— Ryan Keane (@RyanKeane98) September 13, 2017
Me trying to survive a late night depression and anxiety attack at 3am. pic.twitter.com/BcueXal4WE
— celeste (@poczaynmalik) September 10, 2017
Me: I feel pretty good lately
My anxiety: pic.twitter.com/Hb7eUYHnRZ
— Jack Mulligan (@J4CKMULL) September 12, 2017
life problems i anticipated as a child
life problems i did NOT anticipate as a child
– social interactions
— ￼ (@ravenclvws) September 8, 2017
Anxiety level: HGTV contractor finding unforeseen HVAC work that majorly detracts from the budget
— K. Vandall (@ExLibris_kv) September 6, 2017
How do you uninstall anxiety?
— anxiety (@changes) September 18, 2017
— Sath (@satherax) September 14, 2017
when it's almost October and Halloween's just around the corner, but so is your crippling anxiety. pic.twitter.com/XgyiwxXg7x
— ∴ (@iamjaycipher) September 13, 2017
shu: sticks & stones may break my bones
words will also hurt me
compliments make me uncomfortable
i have social anxiety
im a wreck
— sakuma rei (@sakumazero_bot) September 13, 2017
Things that give me anxiety
— UgIy (@UgIy666) September 19, 2017
my anxiety hyping up my depression as i watch pic.twitter.com/rXY4zO2dls
— Thomas Halbert (@ThomasBeautyy) September 18, 2017
"you look so depressed"
Thanks it's the depression
— ً (@makloubae) September 19, 2017
me: what a lovely day to be alive
ED, anxiety, depression: pic.twitter.com/KPHKOFgA2p
— xoˣᵒ (@petiteVSangel) September 17, 2017
This post originally appeared on The Mighty.