Since I’ve been seeing a post with some really bad information going around.
Triggers are not exclusive to PTSD; People with depression can have triggers, people with schizophrenia can have triggers, people with anxiety disorders and phobias can have triggers.
Triggers do not only cause panic attacks, they can cause relapses into addictions, bouts of depression, and numerous other unhealthy symptoms.
To quote my therapist on the subject:
Triggers are things that happen to us that are likely to set off a chain reaction of unhelpful behaviors, thoughts, or feelings.
all im saying is instead of hiding from your triggers you need to find a way to face and overcome them
this sentence would only ever be acceptable if it was spoken from a therapist to an individual client concerning their own progress through a specific type of treatment which only works for certain people in certain cases. tumblr user babyferaligator, you may notice that you are not a therapist. you are only a 17 year old white boy with bad hair
This “phenomenon” often includes mental illness (anxiety attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, etc). And yeah, having depression can often be pretty…depressing. I hope you’re putting that cunning insight to good use with a Ph. D in philosophy or something there, pal.
I’m only answering this to clear up some misconceptions, by the way. See, it’s not like we’re terrified to watch any media, or constantly on edge - although some of us are, and that’s legitimate. Those people deserve support, not judgment. But they’re the minority - hardly anyone is going to be triggered by every single thing on this blog. It only takes one potential trigger, however, to set someone off and ruin their day, or cause a relapse, or some other thing that is the exact opposite effect of what we expect from entertainment (which is generally supposed to be some form of escapism or to make us happy). Seriously, I don’t care if you’re trying to “troll” or not. Telling people they must lead “miserable lives” is rude and unnecessary. You know what I’m triggered by? Mention of dead parents. Last year my dad died, and I’d put in kid movies like Lilo and Stitch to try to cheer myself up and forget about it, even for a little while. But - whoops - that movie features dead parents. Not exactly what I wanted to be reminded of. Sorry if that sounds like “bullshit” to you. (And by “sorry,” I mean “Fuck off.”)
Other people are abused or assaulted, and would prefer not to see graphic representations in their entertainment that reminds them of their traumatic experience. It’s really not that complicated, I’m not sure why it’d be that hard to understand.
…And if you really don’t “get it”, don’t worry about it - I didn’t make this blog for you. There’s a simple enough solution - don’t follow, and don’t make other people feel uncomfortable or guilty for their personal issues, then try to justify it by claiming you’re not trying to troll. I don’t care if you thought you were trolling or not, you’re being an insensitive asshole, and you should get the fuck away from us until you learn some common human decency.
Despite its great environmental message and overall cuteness, there is definite fat-shaming in this movie, which could be triggering to some people.
Think of other triggers? Submit them to me here. (A trigger warning at the beginning of the message is appreciated.)
Oh, my heart.
It’s not fat-shaming. It’s laziness-shaming. And laziness shaming is totally fine in my book.
The reason it’s not fat-shaming? The captain. He’s fat, but he that’s not his defining characteristic. It’s his ability to throw off the laziness that has taken over the population. When AUTO confines him to his quarters, he doesn’t just sit around. When he tricks AUTO into coming down, he takes action. When AUTO crushes WallE, the captain walks - something no one has done on that ship for years - to take his on in a physical fist fight. He does this all while still being fat!
The captain is the hero that everyone cheers on. And what sets him apart from the other ship passengers? He’s not lazy. If the captain had magically turned thin and then saved the day, then maybe it’s fat shaming. But it’s not. He’s a hero because he’s fat and he takes charge of the situation.
So don’t you go accusing one of the most perfect movies of all time of something they didn’t do.
I wouldn’t call it “laziness-shaming” but more like “apathy-shaming”, but the point still stands. I find it hilarious when people try to paint this movie out to be something that it’s not while completely disregarding the actual message.
Really? I have not watched the whole movie because all of the clips I’ve seen have struck me as explicitly anti-fat. So, if you don’t think I can speak about it without having seen the movie and only having seen youtube clips and having read articles and summaries, fine. Stop reading. Now, perhaps the ultimate message may be one of laziness or apathy-shaming, but people who smell the bigotry all over Wall-E are still absolutely right to see it. These defenses of the movie are focusing only on the Captain character, who isn’t the only fat person in the film. If he was, perhaps you’d be right. But he’s not. The film’s vision of the future, where laziness and apathy have taken over, is a vision of a population that is fat. One glance at a youtube clip shows me a plethora of fat, scooter-bound characters, not just one heroic Captain. Wall-E uses fat as a representation of this laziness and apathy. When the population just lies down and allows another force to take over their lives, they get fat (or fatter). What is this saying about fat people now? If you read what the makers of the movie have said about its themes, they suggest the world that’s created by apathy and technological dependence shows everything that’s “bad for humanity” - if that world “creates” fat people, what are they saying? Consider for a second that it’s not so out-of-left-field for someone to think that the movie is equating body shape with not having any self-control, not caring, not being a useful, valuable, contributing person. But that’s not why people are fat in real life - in fact, assigning a “reason” for “why people are fat” is an insulting, dehumanizing concept in and of itself. Laziness and apathy often have very little to do with someone’s body shape, mobility level, etc. - perhaps if more of us would take the time to actually listen to the voices of fat people, we’d be forced to realize that. Wall-E can’t be bothered - in that world, fat is a consequence, a representation of the worst aspects of mankind. And all of that, my friends, is bigotry at work. According to the visual, fat is a negative trait, a sign of our human population destroying itself (and it’s not - please don’t pretend to be doctors and don’t let “health” companies delude you), and it’s caused by negative human attributes. That is fat-shaming. That is precisely what fat-shaming is. And if you can watch that movie without seeing those ignorant, ridiculous, false ideas about fat bodies, then you need to consider how much you really understand about body image ideologies and how stereotypes are constructed.
Another note on “trigger warnings.” People, fat and not-fat alike, find Wall-E’s body ideology triggering. That’s just a fact. You don’t, and that’s just fine for ya. But if someone is triggered by what’s happening in Wall-E, it’s no one’s business to tell them how to feel. A trigger is a deeply personal thing, a thing the internet likes to mock to feel superior (may I point to the t-shirt photo I reblogged earlier tonight?). But for some people, it’s deeply real, and if someone finds the depiction of fat people in Wall-E triggering, that’s their right to say it and share it. If others don’t see it, that doesn’t make the triggered person’s response any less real or less justifiable. Funny, for a film all about caring about your world and fellow man, about building relationships with one another, the fans (and not just the ones that responded to the trigger warning post) sure are quick to attack when they don’t agree with something.
^ that last post. You are wonderful. I can’t believe there is this huge outrage that someone DARE suggest that some people might be triggered by Wall-E. We’re not insulting the movie, I also think it’s a fantastic movie, but it may not be the greatest movie for someone who is feeling shit about their body to sit down and watch to feel good. And that’s what thiscouldbetriggering is all about: trigger warnings. Shut THE FUCK UP about policing people’s trigger warnings, to the commenters (minus lawnflamingosca) above.
Casual ableism is thinking anxiety and panic attacks are not a valid reason to miss school.
Casual ableism thinks it’s okay to expose you to a known trigger because it’s “not that bad.”
Casual ableism thinks GAD isn’t “a real mental disorder like autism.”
Casual ableism thinks your depression doesn’t need treatment and you “just need to cheer up and stop cutting.”
Casual ableism calls kids with serious depression “emo.”
Casual ableism thinks you shouldn’t be depressed now that a year has passed since your loved one’s death.
and I’d like to take this opportunity to talk to you about trigger warnings.
Trigger warnings are:
designed to prevent people who have an extremely strong and damaging emotional response (for example, post-traumatic flashbacks or urges to harm themselves) to certain subjects from encountering them unaware. Having these responses is called “being triggered”. [x]
They’re really easy to use, all you have to do is, right at the top of your post, put [TW: rape/suicide/self harm etc] and/or tag the post with appropriate trigger warnings, which can be blocked with tumblr saviour. If it’s a potentially triggering image, be sure to tag thoroughly with appropriate trigger warnings, or if it’s very triggering, post it under a read more.
Trigger warnings can be particularly helpful for people who are suicidal or struggling with self harm, so you can help make browsing tumblr a lot safer for them.
Please reblog this to spread the message around, let’s make tumblr a safer place for everybody.
Depression can often be difficult to fight as it usually drains you of your energy. And though you can’t overcome it by willpower alone, you still have some control, no matter how you feel. The suggestions below can help you with this.
1. Keep doing the activities you previously enjoyed (even if you don’t enjoy them as much when you’re depressed).
2. Try and build some exercise into your day as it releases endorphins – the body’s “feel good” hormones.
3. Know what your triggers and your risk factors are. For example, loneliness, stress, disappointment and pain are common triggers and risk factors for depression.
4. Stay in touch with your friends. Often those who are depressed start to isolate themselves – but that leads to loneliness - which makes depression worse.