Twitter users were quick to address negative comments and explain that different people have different ways of coping with mental health struggles.
A viral video making the rounds of the internet this week has prompted online discussions about mental health issues and how loved ones respond to them. The video—the origin of which isn't evident as of now—took off on Twitter after it was shared by @kingsrush on Saturday and has since been viewed nearly 170,000 times and retweeted more than 24,000 times. According to the Twitter user's description of the 36-second clip, it allegedly shows a mother laying down in the rain to help her daughter get through a panic attack.
"The girl in blue was having an anxiety attack. She called her mom, when her mom arrived she found her laying on the driveway in the rain. Instead of getting mad she gets down held her daughter's hand and laid with her... in the rain... until her anxiety passed. This is true love," @kingsrush wrote. While most of the responses to the video were empathetic and overall positive, some folks who may be unfamiliar with mental health struggles suggested that the mom in the video is "enabling" their child's "issues" and that the daughter should not have made a public display of her anxiety attack.
The girl in blue was having an anxiety attack. She called her mom, when her mom arrived she found her laying on the driveway in the rain. Instead of getting mad she gets down held her daughter’s hand and laid with her… in the rain… until her anxiety passed.— Chicano Marine 🇲🇽🇺🇸💙 (@kingsrush) July 8, 2022
This is true love. pic.twitter.com/p9xxI5noTx
"Hear me out. You can love your child and support them inside, out of the rain. You don't have to belittle them to get out of the rain," wrote one Twitter user. Another commented, "Helping someone with low mental health achieve stronger mental health is true love. The mother is being an enabler to her issues. The mother has issues herself wearing a mask in the car and probably shows signs of anxiety as well. Disconnect from these feelings and think." Meanwhile, a third critic stated: "When I was young nobody did this for us. You know why? Because we weren't pampered, oversensitive snowflakes, so we didn't get anxiety attacks."
@kingsrush and other Twitter users were quick to address such comments and explain that different people have different ways of coping with whatever mental health struggles they might be battling. "Anxiety disorders are not addictions. There's no 'enabling.' There's treatment but it's not 100%. Holding someone's hand while they have a heart attack is not enabling heart disease. It's comforting which can calm the heart. Same thing is happening here," wrote @MistyLaneVintag. "There are times [during anxiety attacks] when you literally cannot move and have trouble processing anything. Sometimes being in the open and just the calm of the rain takes the edge off. Mostly, though, you can't move. Don't judge please," commented @colleennewton16.
"Having anxiety, sometimes you just need someone to ride the waves with you until the storm passes. To know that they are there and you are not alone. To be reminded that while it feels real and so scary, you are safe and loved," explained @thegreatoness. Meanwhile, Twitter user @ChrisBarbozaPR praised the mom in the video by sharing his own experience with anxiety. "I had my first panic attack earlier this year. It was extremely unsettling because there was no one there. I didn't want to move. I felt like I was dying. What a great mother. More of this compassion and support in the world please," he commented.
Here are some more tweets discussing mental health issues and the incredible power of a loved one's support while battling them:
Not all people understands what anxiety or depression is. What she did is just perfect. And I wish I have someone who'll do the same thing instead of saying "you got it, it's gonna be okay"— aigoo_adnad (@AdnadAigoo) July 9, 2022
Feel good tweet— Jess ™️ (@MeetJess) July 9, 2022
I love this 💜
And it doesn’t just have to be your mom… everyone needs someone in their lives that will lay in the rain holding your hand when everything around you is collapsing https://t.co/Z8LDFz2MQ4
Anyone who has ever had a panic attack knows how emotionally devastating they can be. What a wonderful mom. Mine would do this for me when I had an attack. She was always there. She's been gone almost 9 years now and boy I sure do miss her love.— Makburn (@Makburn1) July 8, 2022
Hug your mom...often.
I had a similar situation several years ago. It was around 3am.I called my sister and she rushed to my house and held me for hours until I could breathe again and stand on my own 2 feet. Forever grateful for my sister as this daughter must be for her mother.— MomMiller (@SEMiller001) July 9, 2022