Just something I thought I'd talk to you all about that I've been meaning to, so if you don't mind, I'm going to get up on my soapbox for a while. Just remember, these are my own personal thoughts. I wanted to put these here to share. Please don't judge me based on them.
First and foremost, if you have been living underneath a rock since Friday, there was a mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children and six adults dead.
The shooter, one Adam Lanza, has been identified as having Asperger's Syndrome and a personality disorder. What shocks me just as much as the killings is how cold some of these reporters, some of these people react to this knowledge.
One news reporter, who I will keep anonymous to stop any flame wars, suggested that we lock up those with mental disorders to stop them from hurting themselves or others.
A neighbor of the shooter said that he was "always a weird kid" and "wasn't really surprised this happened"
I first want to state that I speak out for those with mental diseases being a sufferer myself. I used to suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder and OCD which plagued me with suicidal thoughts until I received counseling to help me push away those thoughts. Funny thing is, that nervousness and obsessive behavior was sort of a... coping mechanism. Now, I find myself plagued with a new disorder that goes by a rather ugly name. Schizophrenia. It's self diagnosed, but you don't need a psychiatrist when you know you're hallucinating and hearing things. I've found a way to cope with it through my friends, my family, and even you guys. My readers. It helps so much to keep me grounded in reality. Because of all three of these forces, I'm functional. If I was cut off from any of them, I don't know what would happen to me. I know it wouldn't be pretty.
But all of these reporters are vilifying the shooter, calling him a monster and a beast for killing all of those kids.
I'll admit it, I teared up when I heard about the shooting. All those kids dead with their whole lives ahead of them? Of course I was mad. I was pissed. I was ready to hate this Adam kid, some 18 year old kid who thought he'd recreate Columbine in his own backyard.
Then I learned he was mentally sick and it was like... hard to hate him anymore.
The point I'm trying to make is, this all could have been avoided. We've all been the 'weird' kid before and we've all be picked on and alienated just for being different. I just got to wonder if someone, anyone stopped and listened to Adam and asked what was going on inside his head, asked him if he wanted a friend to talk to, maybe we wouldn't have this tragedy on our hands.
So if you know anybody with a mental disease, are being ostracized or having a hard time keeping the voices away, let them know that you're there for them. Hug them, tell them that you love them, anything will do. Just don't let them suffer alone.
I'm done now. I'll step off my soap box and let you all get back to your lives.