Why am I sad all the time?

A thread about the ways minority stress affects us and how we can fight it

Minority stress refers to a variety of physical and mental disorders that political minorities experience.

It was first noticed and studied in American Black and LGBTQIA+ communities

The research on this topic proves what many of us have intuitively realised.

Here's the crude summary: minorities have a much higher chance of getting cancer and committing suicide, among other stress-related disorders

I wake up at 8 AM with a clenched jaw. My chest is tight. My head is filled with thoughts of things I haven't done.

This feeling of doom persists over the course of the day. The most common emotions I feel are lethargy, hopelessness, sadness, anxiety and irritation.

If you are a woman or enby, a Bahujan, a Non-Mainland Indian, neuro-divergent, disabled, queer, trans, a survivor of sexual assault or
a Muslim or a Christian,

The chances are high that you've experienced something similar

The reasons for the isolation of these minority groups is different but there is a common consequence we all face

Chronic, high levels of stress that make daily functioning difficult

If you fall in more than one of these categories, you are more vulnerable as well

There's only one lasting cure for this life-sapping stress and it is this: wide-spread political change and policies aimed at reducing our discrimination

For us as minorities, political revolution is a form of long-term self-care

Here are 4 other ways I've used to cope with minority stress:

(I want to add a disclaimer here that I am physically safe and financially stable, which makes it easier) :

1. Learning more about the historical and current
causes of my community's isolation - for example, endogamy is the backbone of the caste system and that's why, as queer women, our sexuality is policed and punished

2. Finding role models to identify with. Knowing that Shakespeare and so many others are bisexual was huge for me.

3. Meeting people like me online and talking about our unique experiences. Reddit, Twitter and Instagram are the forums I've used for this

4. Recognising my stress, observing its physical manifestations and realising that it's a consequence of my political isolation

I spent so long wondering why I couldn't be happy. Then I realised it was a natural response to a system designed to work against people like me

In conclusion, your health is a political issue.

You can't be healthy and happy in a system that's against you.

Don't demand health from yourself and be understanding of other minorities with similar issues.

We will overcome this together


• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with joannakoshy

joannakoshy Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @joannakoshy1

10 Sep
Thread of ridiculous things my Syrian Christian loved ones have done:

I love my family but we need to claim our role as a Brahmin-adjacent political group

My grandfather has told me about a lower caste family that worked on his farmland.

He said that even after the son of that family got a good job, he would address my grandfather respectfully with a word that means 'Lord' in Malayalam.

As a child, it was common for other Christians to ask me what church my family attended.

It was many few years later that I realised there were two CSI churches in Trivandrum. One for UC Christians and one for LC Christians.

Read 11 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!