Well everyone, I have to come on here and vent about some bullshit that I have been hearing and reading non-stop after that horrible tradgedy in Conneticut this past Friday. Let me just say that to have a mental illness is traumatic enough without the bullshit and negative stigma that society attatches to it and how long it has taken people with mental illness in this country to be treated with respectful, efective and educated treatment, instead of what they used to do to us back in the day which was lock us up in torchurous assylums; as if people like us deserved punishment instead of treatment for a disease that we had no control over.
After the shooting, all that I have been hearing is, "all these shootings are just because ppl with mental problems are allowed to run rampid, they need to be locked up or placed under really heavily monitered care, crazy people need to be locked up before they do something destructive!" This is not only extremely hurtful but it demonstrates just how scary ignorant ppl STILL are about a person with a mental illness, and a monster. THere is a difference and moronic ASSHOLES are grouping the two together and that does not make me feel very safe or respected. It is HARD ENOUGH for a person like us to not only admit to having an illness, but to then admit to OTHERS that we have illnesses. It keeps us from getting help, from our families supporting us, or from healthily expressing our pain. Let me just say something about the type of person that can go into a building and slaughter a bunch of human beings-there is much more going on than just a mental illness. I do not think that Osama Bin Laden had Bi-Polar Disorder or that Hitler had anxiety or aneorexia. As a person who has fought their whole lives to survive with a horrible tormenting chemical imbalance, it feels like nothing more than our country's education going backwards when I hear bullshit like, "Lock up the crazies, keep a closer eye on them!" It feels like nothing more than a complete spit in the face after knowing people like me, knowing their lives, knowing their struggle, and knowing their hearts. It is the utmost insult to too many valuable ppl here on this blog and in this country. Please do not let ignorant people run their mouths off about things like this. There is a difference between a mentally ill person and a monster.