But I’ve noticed an increase in people who kinda… lean on those problems almost as part of their personality? Like, I’ve had people bounce off each other kinda one-upping their social anxiety/panic attacks/etc. It has the feel of like… it’s a combo of the most interesting thing they can think to say about themselves and an excuse for their behavior being a bit off.
The people who I’ve been friends with who do that, tend to kinda suck all the energy I give them and need more, and if I’m not feeding into them, I’m not respecting their illness. We all got shit, my dude. Yours doesn’t make you special or excuse you from anything. I find the biggest red flag to be when someone is an asshole to other people.