Speaking gently and without anger: why would the idea of ASD as mental illness "horrify" you?
What is more horrifying about mental illness than about a neurological condition? Both are physically based conditions which may have behavioral and emotional consequences. Why such a strong reaction to the possibility of misidentification?
I'm glad you've joined the discussion; please don't feel like I'm being critical, but I was hoping you could explain this a bit more.
No, you are absolutely right in trying to educate me instead of telling me to keep my nose out of other people's business and I owe you all an apology.
I was just coming back to delete/edit my post because I'd realized that myself. Talk about invisible chronological snobbery neurotypical prejudice, lol.
You already quoted me and the "random John Q. Public" value of my tirade is actually more valuable to you guys as it is anyway, so no hard feelings and I'm not even going to read anything you say if you want to quote me and say, "See? That's my point. Those normies are idiots!" for the next 20 years or 20 pages, whichever comes first.
Mental illness isn't any more of a character defect than cancer, I'm just brainwashed and learning from people who are different from myself now that we have the internet so we can talk about these things openly and honestly.
I'm sure I'd feel the same way about my own mother if I'd grown up in a culture where people said, "Oh look, it's a cancer! IEF's mother had cancer, nya nya nya, IEF's mother had cancer, nya nya nya! Hey IEF, we all know your mother had cancer and we all know that means YOU might have cancer so don't try to pretend to be a human being when we all know you're a cancer and cancers aren't people! Nya Nya Nya, IEF's mother had cancer!"
And one more one more thing: the most powerful thing you did to educate me was just being yourselves; I came back expecting to be able to delete my offensive screed before anyone saw it and found all these posts by all these people trying so hard to give me the benefit of the doubt...
Well, actions speak louder than words.
I'm not going to say, "You're so brave! I could never do that!" but I am going to say that I had no idea that this board was so active and yea, of course I'd do whatever it takes to help a mentally ill child if I had one just the way I already do whatever it takes with my neurotypical kids because that's what mothers do. If it's not in the dictionary definition of "mother" then it should be.
Edited by IEF, 18 July 2017 - 01:06 PM.