I am personally DISGUSTED by the accusations and hurtful comments that some people have made against people with Aspergers. I have experience with autism, Aspergers and other mental health disorders. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly people paint everyone with the same brush. I understand a need for blame, grief and the pain people feel at this time but to use a condition that people are born with as a reason for violent behavior is not only immoral but misleading. It causes public unrest and feeds in to the negative stereotypes, that as a united world, we have fought hard to eradicate.Certain media organizations should be ashamed of themselves in this instance.
Having a mental health problem doesn’t automatically make you dangerous. A lack of understanding, support, medication, help and other emotional or circumstantial problems can drive people to the very edge. And if, when they get there and they stand alone in the dark, no one reaches for their hand to pull them back in to the light. It is then that they become lost to us. It certainly leaves us with something to think about as a human race.
So I am not willing to be silent. I must make a stand and use the voice god gave me. I will stand up for those who perhaps don’t have that voice and raise awareness of this important subject. This stigma must end.
My name is Marie and I have a mental health problem. I have had it almost all of my adult life. I will say it loud and proud. I am NOT and WILL NOT ever be ashamed of my condition. I love you all and thank you for reading. ♥
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