Thank you so much for posting this. I too have lived with the label mentally ill and felt its damage. This year, at 41 years old, I told my family that I wasn’t mentally ill – that I wouldn’t be the only one whose perception could be faulty. This label, at the hands of parents who refuse to accept responsibility for their part in their child’s behavior is a form of child abuse. We are in love with diagnoses in this country more than we are interested in exploring interpersonal dynamic. Longs blog was driving me nuts as it appeared again and again on Facebook. Thank you for speaking out for Michael in a way that only the “labeled” can.