Anonymous said: Do you really think autism isn't a mental illness?
AUTISM IS NOT A MENTAL ILLNESS.
"Autism is not a mental illness" is not a "autism is not a bad thing" opinion statement. It is a statement of fact.
Autism is a developmental disorder.
This is a fact. They are different things. Autism is not a mental illness because it is a developmental disorder.
It’s not a mental illness for the same reasons things like dyslexia, intellectual disability, william’s syndrome and ADHD aren’t mental illnesses. They are developmental disorders. Not mental illnesses.
It’s not a mental illness because that’s not what mental illness fucking means.
It may fit some reductive dictionary definitions of mental illness (the type that amount to “mental illness = thing wrong with your brain) but it doesn’t fit common usage and actual medical conceptions of mental illness at all. Mental illnesses are things you can be treat, as a rule. They also don’t confer cognitive advantages. They don’t tend to change the entire way your sensory processing works.
Look here and here. The first is a description of what mental health problems are - autism doesn’t fit. And the second is a description of autism - as a developmental disorder.
Calling autism a mental illness is like going around calling down syndrome a mental illness because people with down syndrome have different brain development. You’re just wrong.
You can’t just redefine words.