I am Adam Lanza's Mother: an article published on the Blue Review from Boise State University
This was the blog post that filled my entire Facebook news feed on Monday morning. It's the disturbing first-hand account of what it's like to live with a violent special needs child, all from the perspective of his mother.
The post is called "I am Adam Lanza's Mother" (see the link above). It was originally published online by the Blue Review, a Boise State University website. Liza Long is the author who tells the story of her and her son, "Michael," as they interact. She describes the many occasions of her son's violent outbursts and how some even end in mental hospital visits.
The one incident that stuck out the most to me was her description of her son's reaction to being told to return his overdue library books. It was after she told him, she said, that he pulled out a knife and threatened to kill her and then himself.
At the end of the article, she writes, "God help me. God help Michael. God help all of us."
Dr. Irwin Redletter is the head Of Columbia University's Center For National Preparedness and he said the perception of mental illness needs to change.
"Of all of the issues with access to health care generally, one of the most difficult things to get access to is competent mental health care when you need it. And for a lot of people and a lot of people in America, including in our own families and neighborhoods who have all sorts of issues involving psychological or behavioral problems and it's difficult. There is a stigma attached that you have a problem enough to see somebody. We have to get over this stigma."