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The 75-year-old actress believes mental health is now being “overplayed,” and that everybody who is upset is claiming to have mental health difficulties.
She said that there is a distinction between having human feelings such as sadness and being clinically depressed.
“I have to say – this is an awful thing to say – but I believe the mental health issue is being overplayed at the moment because everyone who is even slightly upset claims they have mental problems,”
Dame Joanna remarked in an interview about her work lobbying for animal welfare.
“You say, ‘This is what it is to be human,'” she continued. It’s natural to weep when someone close to you passes away.
That is what it means to be human. “You’re not deranged.”
“Everyone saying they have to get some type of special care” is “terrible” to those who are mentally ill or clinically depressed, according to the TV personality.
“And everyone is jumping on the mental illness bandwagon, which I believe is incorrect,” she remarked.
“The stiff upper lip and not blubbing and attempting to get on with it, albeit widely criticised…”
It claims that life is “largely froth and bubble” and that “Kindness in another’s suffering / Courage in your own” are two things that “stand like stone.”
“And if you think of that, just get a grip,” she concluded.
“Of course, some of you are going to feel pretty dreadful,” the celebrity said, “and some of you may likely be suicidal or psychologically depressed.”