'My son is mentally ill,' so listen up - CNN.com
In the wake of recent shootings in the last two decades, more and more people are starting to attack those with mental illness such as ADHD and Aspergers (both I have). This has been ongoing but personally I have seen it with last year's Sandy Hook shooting. I was on other places in the net (news sites w/ comments enabled.) There, I personally seen a war on the mental ill was starting. I understand there are people hurt and grieving over those lost from the recent school shootings, but there are some who are making it a vendetta against those who suffer from mental illnesses. Personally I don't see it as any better as what people do to Jews, or Homosexuals. Large demographics of fellow humans are being persecuted because of the horrible and unjustified actions of a few. Yes, I'm anti-social. Yes, I get angry easily. No, I will not pick up a gun and shoot the first kids I see just because I get angry at the world. No, I do not like violence at all. Yes I have ADHD and Aspergers. But people need to stop claiming that everyone with a mental illness is a ticking time bomb and need to be "taken care" of. I have kept my Aspergers a complete secret from many people during high school, but days after the Sandy Hook shooting a year ago today, I heard a lot of people saying they need to find out which people have Aspergers and stay away from them.
Just singling me out because of something I was born with is enough to make me just do what they fear I would do. Of course, in all seriousness, I confronted my school psychologist on this matter and informed him. He said to me that no matter what, humans will discriminate against other humans regardless of reason or lack of. In the case of us Aspies, the reason is the actions of a few people.
So please, spread awareness of this and stop the discrimination of those with Mental Illness such as Aspergers.
Edited: Wanted to post this article