Not all of us who struggle with mental health issues use humor, nor do some of us find lighthearted portrayals of our suffering funny…but I do…and I’m not alone.
Why humor about suffering? Perhaps because it is a means of coping with suffering. If I can laugh about it, I don’t have to cry…or perhaps laughing about it will help me cry.
That said, as with many areas of life, it is best to allow those who suffer set the tone. What can be self-referentially funny may become mockery in the hands of another.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do you use humor to cope with mental health issues? Do you find it offensive when others do so? Is there a difference between those who suffer creating humor and those without utilizing it?
One interesting example…I’ve heard some people complain about the TV series Monk‘s portrayal of OCD. I personally found watching Monk a therapeutic and entertaining experience. But what about you?