Dear Elon Musk: We Don’t Need To Be “Cured”

We, Neurodivergent folks, need to be understood.

A bigger issue we deal is being misunderstood and stigmatized by our wider culture.

And while I’m sure some of us, will likely consider the prospect of a microchip insertion, many of us don’t identify as being a broken machine necessitating added equipment to fix us.

There are Person-centered ways of dealing with mental suffering.

As a Peer Support Specialist and, a Neurodivergent individual myself, I know there’s a lot of suffering connected with these two diagnoses. People diagnosed and family members don’t always know what to do. And we may not be aware of resources, especially outside of the most traditional understandings.

We are learning to expand our understanding, rather than seek out ways to eradicate differences from the norm.

This “Fix-your-brain-at-all-costs” approach is not the answer for many people’s suffering and can be rife with pitfalls, however tempting it may seem in our darkest moments. And when you’re up against a wall, it’s easy to seek a quick fix. It’s a major reason why people with Severe Depression seek out Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), despite the grave, long-term risks it can present.

We are living, breathing human beings with rich emotional lives who need deeper connection with other humans — not machines in need of being repaired.

Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

I’m a Peer Support Counselor/ Mental Health Content Writer

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