The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness week in Canada. I would like to dispel two of the myths of mental illness that are frequently mentioned -- that schizophrenia is not a disease and that medications make schizophrenia worse and/or are not needed. Proper treatment for people with serious mental illnesses can do wonders and it is cruel to deny that these illnesses exist.
I was born to a mother who is intellectually disabled and has the mental capacity of a pre-teen. In the end, my mother chose to give up her parental rights and physical custody of me to the Children's Aid Society (CAS) when I was nine years old.
Why is it acceptable to make fun of people with a severe disease of the brain? When was the last time you saw someone demeaning those with cerebral palsy, or those with who are intellectually challenged.