“Scary” Mental Illnesses

Trigger warning: sexual abuse mention, emotional abuse mention, reclaimed slur On several occasions, especially when trying to hammer home the point that no mental illness makes a person evil, I have referred to “scary” mental illnesses. I feel like I should spell out what I mean by that. On one level, a “scary” mental illness is…

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Awareness vs. Acceptance, Revisited

I’m tired. Mental Illness Awareness Month isn’t as hellish as Autism Bewareness Month. That’s partly because autism awareness and mental illness awareness are two different forms of bullshit. Autism awareness is ableist fearmongering, while mental illness awareness is…a little more complicated than that. But all too frequently, mental illness awareness takes the form of cheesy…

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May the 4th Be With You

Well, it’s Star Wars Day, and here I am writing without knowing what I’m doing. Again. Hi. My second entry on why acceptance > awareness is still in progress, so I’m going to use this (short) entry to say I hope all my fellow neurodivergent people are having a good Star Wars Day. Make sure…

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30 Days of Autism Acceptance

Let’s do something a little different for this entry. This is from a Tumblr called, well, “30 Days of Autism Acceptance”. They did a 30-day Tumblr challenge that I participated in for Autism Acceptance Month (April). *** Day 1. Make yourself known.  Tell the world your name and age.  Talk about your diagnosis.  Are you self…

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