This is in response to a rather rude and ignorant comment left on my post “Just a few thoughts” (Read it here). After a little digging around online (thanks for again giving me IP addresses and emails WordPress) I’ve realised this account had been reported for spamming on several other sites. So I’ve decided to delete all their comments and replies.
However the first comment that this person made basically accused me of having a mental illness, because I had chosen to talk about my personal life on my blog. I’m not particularly offended by the comment personally, as I know I’m not mentally ill, however the ignorance on the subject infuriates me. The fact that this person decided to throw around an accusation about a very sensitive subject matter as if it were an insult and a joke was a pretty horrible move on their part.
I work with adults with various mental illnesses and I hate the word “illness”, it implies that there is something wrong with that person when there isn’t, they are just different. These people are some of the most wonderful, polite, funny and kind people I’ve ever met, much more so the a lot of “neurotypical” people I know. (Neurotypical = people who are not on the autistic spectrum).
I also know people who are dealing with or have dealt with other mental heath issues, such as depression. Again this is a very sensitive subject and isn’t something to be ridiculed or belittled. It’s hard work and it’s a battle for them everyday, and it’s people who make ignorant comments like the one made on my blog that make it so much harder for them to feel comfortable enough to ask for help.
Mental “illness” in any shape or form is something that should be spoken about in a sensitive way, and not thrown around as an insult. It’s not something that people need to be ashamed of either and they should never be afraid to ask for help.
I don’t mind people voicing their opinion on my blog, however comments that are offensive to me and other readers will be deleted and blocked. It’s fine to have an opinion, I don’t mind a healthy debate, but there’s ways and means of doing this.
Sorry that post was a little heavy guys, as always comments are welcome (mature non offensive ones!)