So my post the other day has gotten me thinking. And then there was the post that quickly went viral on Facebook entitled "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother." I shared it and got a lot of positive feedback (and some controversy). It also has gotten a lot of attention in the media. What struck me about this post was not the shocking value of it--I can actually see some of that in my own experience. It is just how honestly and vulnerably she shared it. She spoke up when most people stay quiet about a topic that is still taboo.
After a long walk on the beach yesterday, I decided I want to do my little part to make mental illness such a taboo. I want us to start talking about it. I want it to come out into the open as that is the only way that we can really affect change. I've "come out" about my sexual orientation--I think it's time that more of us "come out" about our experiences with mental illness. Until we do, it is just another part of us that is held back from living wholly and authentically.
So here's what I'd like to ask of you:
- In your comments below or in an e-mail message directly to me, send me a story of mental illness that has affected you. You can include what you've told people before or what you've never shared. You can tell how it impacted you or how keeping it a secreted impacted you or your family--anything you think is relevant is welcome.
Caveat: It has been hypothesized, but it has NOT been firmly established that Adam Lanza had mental illness. It is just that, in my mind, I just can't justify this kind of carnage without it. If it is not, then I'm going to have to have some real introspective discussions about the nature of evil.