My son is on the autism spectrum- no formal diagnosis yet, but the school evalutions suggest he is high-functioning, perhaps on the threshhold of Asperger’s. I am not sure if I have any similar sort of neurology (although I was mercilessly teased about being a “little professor”– a mindset sometimes associated with Asperger’s). I am “mentally ill”, though, with a diagnosis of bipolar mood disorder.
I continue to be dismayed how the press and society continue to frame social debates by struggles of control, and how they use mental illness to marginalize. There is no real talk about reforming mental health care. I do not say that lightly! I got the treatment I desired, but I fought with a lot of putzes, schmucks, and a broken system to get it.