Mental Health Mondays is my freshwoman foray into the world of hosting a blog link-up. Mental Health has been an interest/concern/passion of mine for most of my adult life. One of the gifts I received at the onset of puberty was a tendency towards depression. I call it a gift, because without having dealt with depression for nearly 40 years now, I would have become a much different person.
I'm not advocating that everyone go out and get them a bottle of depression at the corner pharmacy. It is also a very frustrating condition. Sometimes I get angry that I will probably have to take meds for this the rest of my life. Then I am very grateful that these medications exist and I don't have to suffer.
I am also not off my rocker, a sandwich short of a picnic or not playing with all of my marbles. I don't own a rocker (although I'd like to); my picnics are never short of food and I do not discriminate between my marbles.
But don't call me normal, either. That is also a dirty word at our house. Differences can be celebrated.
Many people tend to treat someone with a mental illness as "less than human". For four years, I worked with adults who had MR/DD (mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities) in a residential/teaching facility. Most people out and about were at least kind, but some people's behavior was just...bad. I've seen people move to the opposite side of an aisle in a store, get up and move to a different table in a restaurant, and make inappropriate comments.
I even heard of one hospital ER staff making a comment, "Why don't they take 'them' to the vet where they belong?" I cannot attest the veracity of that statement, but unfortunately it would not surprise me. And it's probably a good thing I wasn't there. One thing that job changed in me was an increased willingness to jump into the middle of confrontational situations. If I had been there, the so-called medical professional would have been a patient in their own ER and I would probably be online from the prison library.
And a Humongous (I spell-checked) Mental Health Mondays Hug to Michael Garcia from Houston, a waiter who refused to serve a man who was making extremely rude comments about a family whose little boy has Down's Syndrome.
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