to be annoyed by this FB post?

(79 Posts)
TeacupsandFigs Sun 03-Apr-16 12:08:54

A friend has just posted this 'My doctor asked if any family members suffered from mental illness. I said "no, we all seem to enjoy it"

AIBU to be offended by it? I wouldn't mind so much but she's a GP!

WellErrr Sun 03-Apr-16 12:11:31

My first thought was 'ignorance but unintended.'

But a GP!??? What a fuckwit.

molyholy Sun 03-Apr-16 12:11:39

Yes. Yab abit u. It is obviously a joke.

PPie10 Sun 03-Apr-16 12:13:19

Just unfollow her.

JuxtapositionRecords Sun 03-Apr-16 12:13:53

Well it's clearly sarcastic. Not sure what there is to be offended about?

Whatthefreakinwhatnow Sun 03-Apr-16 12:15:05

Well it's clearly sarcastic. Not sure what there is to be offended about?

This, and I say that as someone who suffered years of clinical depression in her late teens/early 20s

notabee Sun 03-Apr-16 12:15:10

A lot of people post possibly offensive 'jokes' on fb. If she posts lots perhaps simply unfollow her.
It is offensive, mh isn't a joke but she clearly just hasn't thought.

Samcro Sun 03-Apr-16 12:16:21

well do what i did the other day when someone used the R word

de friend and BLOCK

WorraLiberty Sun 03-Apr-16 12:18:52

Well I laughed grin

You can be offended by what you want to be fair, because everyone is different and whether MH have touched their lives in some way or not, some will find it funny and some won't.

sallysparrow157 Sun 03-Apr-16 12:21:42

Does she or any of her relatives have a mental illness? If that's the case you could read it as a bit of a 'fuck you' to the phrase 'suffering from a mental illness' - just cause someone is or has been mentally ill doesn't mean they are suffering all the time...

emwithme Sun 03-Apr-16 12:23:43

That makes me laugh.

I have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder (with mixed-hypomanic states but tending towards depression) and generalised anxiety disorder.

WorraLiberty Sun 03-Apr-16 12:24:53

It's just a different take on an incredibly old joke.

Doctor: "Do you suffer from PMT"?

Patient: "No, but my husband does".

The internet has literally millions and millions of jokes on it. Some will be offensive to some and not to others.

It's the way it's always been, even before the internet because people laugh at different things.

findingmyfeet12 Sun 03-Apr-16 12:25:11

It's funny (lots of mental health issues in my immediate family).

Thisismyalias Sun 03-Apr-16 12:25:14

Well as a suffer of mental illness for 10 years + including suicide attempts, I found it funny.

You found offence at it, and that's your perogative. There's a little arrow at the top right corner, click it and hide the post.

tellmemore1982 Sun 03-Apr-16 12:28:53

I think that's quite funny actually, I say that as someone who is very close to people who have / had mh problems. I think you're being a bit sensitive about it tbh so yabu.

SeaMagic Sun 03-Apr-16 12:29:04

I don't think it's offensive...

I read it to be a sarcastic retort to the statement that someone is 'suffering' from a mental illness.

As far as a I understand those with a diagnosed mental illness are not always suffering. I believe that some aspects can even be 'enjoyable' in terms of increased energy and creativity when in the manic phase of bipolar disorder [as reported by Stephen Fry and others who have written about their experience].

VeryBitchyRestingFace Sun 03-Apr-16 12:29:05

Well, I sniggered. And yes, there is mental illness in my family. blush

PPie10 Sun 03-Apr-16 12:29:53

You know you don't have to look for offense in everything.

herecomethepotatoes Sun 03-Apr-16 12:35:59

Some people love to be offended / annoyed.

GraysAnalogy Sun 03-Apr-16 12:37:52

Oh for gods sake it's just a joke. I'm one of the unlucky sods who have severe mental health problems at times but I see the funny side.

DrSeuss Sun 03-Apr-16 12:40:00

Currently taking anti Ds for the third time. Still laughed. If you can't laugh at MH a bit even as you feel its effects, you are really screwed IMHO!

BagpussOhhearwhatISing Sun 03-Apr-16 12:40:14

It's funny..and I say this as a parent of a DC with serious psychiatric problems. Sometimes black humour is the only thing that gets you through.
Having said that, I can see why it would be upsetting to some, so I would do as others have suggested, hide the post, or block the poster.

acasualobserver Sun 03-Apr-16 12:41:51

A lot of jokes might be considered in rather poor taste. That doesn't stop them being funny.

Ifailed Sun 03-Apr-16 12:50:23

Sorry, but I laughed. With all 3 of my DP's siblings committing suicide, sometimes laughter is the only way to deal with things.
However, if you find it offensive, block and move on.

findingmyfeet12 Sun 03-Apr-16 12:52:23

Ifailed your poor dp. How dreadful flowers

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