A woman took to social media to sarcastically praise her mother for dismissing her depression and the internet finds it “relatable.”
Published on the popular video-sharing platform TikTok, a woman under the username @sophiacuerquis shared her story and received over 62,000 likes and 500,000 views.
“I remember a few years ago I was bawling my eyes out telling my parents that I think I’m depressed,” she began, “My mom literally said ‘no you’re not’ so naturally, my depression left my body.”
Many users have similar stories to the woman above and made it known in the comment section.
“I told my mom I thought I had ADHD and she just told me not to claim that. so tru momma,” one user said.
“My dad told me that anxiety and depression aren’t real, and that I needed to learn to be an adult,” another echoed.
Above, a teen deals with mental health struggles. A woman sarcastically praises her mother for dismissing her depression on TikTok. fizkes/iStock / Getty Images PlusA user explained, “I told my mom I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. She told me to pray & go to church for it to go away. I go to church & pray. Anxiety still there.”
“My mom told me I don’t have the right to be depressed because she gave me a happy life,” one said.
“My dad tells me ‘its all in your head.’ Ya thats the problem,” exclaimed one TikTok user.
Newsweek has reached out to @sophiacuerquis for comment.
Spotting warning signs of depression and anxiety
“Parents really need to be aware of [their child’s] behavior, not only what they say, but also how they behave,” Dr. Mary Alvord, psychologist and author of Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens, told Newsweek.
From 2016 to 2019, according to the CDC, 5.8 million children ages 3 to 17 were diagnosed with anxiety and 2.7 million with depression.
Alvord discussed how irritability is a major warning sign that a child is dealing with anxiety or depression.
“What I say to parents is, watch your kids, listen carefully, but also watch their patterns have any patterns changed, so that you as a parent can really be in tune and absolutely, if they say that they’re upset, you can’t dismiss it,” she said.
How to support your child through their mental health struggles
If your child has come forward telling you they feel depressed or anxious, Alvord encourages you to validate that you are listening to them and have a conversation about it and ask questions to understand your child’s concerns.
If you’re someone with dismissive parents
If you’re a teen in need of assistance with your mental health and have trouble talking to your parents about it, find a trusted adult like a teacher or another family member, Alvord suggested to Newsweek readers.
Mental health information and resources
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America offers information and tips on various mental health issues including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Suicide and Crisis lifeline is 988 and connects to local crisis centers that can help people in need. Its original number, , continues to work and is available to anyone who needs it.