Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Comments by mjpeacemyway

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  • This is really scary to me as I am am also a parent of an autistic child. I am surprised at the level of indifference you mention in the article, but maybe I shouldn’t be. If we can institutionalize and brutalize persons from any group, why not those labeled with disabilities? Unfortunately, I believe parents are indoctrinated by disability groups to view their children as “defective” and a problem to be solved and cured. These non-profits also sell the public on the idea that autism is a terrible disease in order to raise money to line the pockets of the leadership of these organizations. The money never makes it’s way to actual people. Meanwhile families struggle to provide the opportunities for their children because of lack of finances. Public agencies that are responsible legally to provide services are spending millions on housing – giving money to these greedy institutions instead of investing the money on helping families and the individuals themselves to live independently which I believe would be cheaper in the long run. My family has been turned away from resources by government agencies claiming there is no money in the budget which is a lie. I wish to point out that autism is seen far too often by society as a deficit rather than a positive. We need to detach the word disorder from autism. I wish we could figure out how to make people less indifferent to the suffering of others but I’m afraid that these days society has become numb to it – accepting that this is just the way things are instead of questioning if its right or wrong. As the case with hospitalizations in general, people justify it by saying there is nowhere else to place a person deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. Persons are judged on the basis of any behavior deemed outside what is “normal” by societies standards.

  • It’s painful to hear that you were torn away from your small children. Sadly, this is something that I always feared could happen to me. I also found myself alone when I was interviewed by hospital staff. I cannot recall exactly what I said because I was already heavily drugged by then. Being traumatized by the hospitalization experience prevented me from getting the help I actually needed afterwards for fear that I would be sent back there. I view my hospitalization experience as a kidnapping and I am comforted that others have shared that they have had similar experiences. How sad, that moms can be abducted in the name of helping. Years later I still feel afraid sometimes especially after looking over my medical records and spotting flat out lies that the hospital staff used in the admission process. We hear as women all the time how if we feel depressed or anxious we should get help for ourselves never expecting that just those words could cause an abduction. I never mentioned a plan to harm myself, but expressed vague suicidal thoughts that I had earlier. My therapist says to me that this would never happen again, but in the back of my mind the possibility of abduction is always there. I could say more about how this affected my daughter, but it would take to long. But, the tragedy of the story is that it does affect your children. However, the individuals and systems perpetuating the abuse don’t care.