I have just been in the local shop on my walk. I glanced over to the Newspaper rack (I don’t buy newspapers but I happened to look in that direction). I am trying to teach people to understand difference contending with my own past and headlines in national newspapers such as ‘The Sun’ doesn’t help my work. I see this headline (photo posted within this article). This makes me personally feel quite upset because people with Autism, like myself, are seen as ‘oddballs’. This doesn’t help the divide of misunderstands I am personally trying to counteract. I feel like everything I try to do to help others understand gets undone by those in the media. I have had enough of the demonizing of people who are different. In the opinion of a lot of society people who are different are seen as awful or evil.
I have learned to have self hatred for myself due to how I’ve been treated. The wording that the media uses is detrimental to those of us who have autism or a mental health issue ever being accepted by main stream society. I no longer go out because I am scared of others getting the wrong idea about me and reporting me to the Police. I shouldn’t have to live like that. I know that I’m not the only one that lives like this due to accusations that were made against them and punishment executed against them. I’m not pleased at this article. I haven’t even read it but I can see from the headline how the press have written this article. I feel like tackling the media head on. I think Newspapers that write articles like ‘The Sun’ should be shut down and if I had the money and influence I would try to get that to happen. I would try to control this irresponsible reporting when it comes to mental health problems, autism etc.