I really want to tackle the “autism is a mental illness” post that a few of my followers have critically reblogged but I don’t know how to express that mental illness isn’t a negative thing and it’s not bad to be mentally ill, but Autism isn’t a mental illness? It’s not the same as depression and anxiety and a host of other disorders?
the problem with “autism is a mental illness” for me, as a mentally ill autistic person, is that my mental illnesses ARE negative and I DO want them cured, whereas I don’t want the same thing for my autism.
I think it’s important to distinguish that by no means are you trying to distance yourself from mentally ill people and there shouldn’t be stigma around HAVING a mental illness, but mental illness is generally regarded negatively by mentally ill people, whereas most autistic people see autism as an integral part of their identity.
At least that’s how I see it, I can’t speak for all mentally ill people obviously so if anyone disagrees feel free to correct me!