acting as though having a mental illness makes people some sort of special snowflake is as offensive/unhelpful/neurotypical as acting as though there’s no such thing as mental illness
in fact they’re too sides of the same coin: treating bipolar, for example, as “all in your head” and treating it as “just being a bit different”/”we’re all unique psychologically” type approach both deny the part where it’s a real, life altering, relationship destroying, potentially deadly, shitty problem and are both unhelpful approaches
like and it’s not oppressive to say that someone who has a chemical imbalance in their brain has a problem. that’s generally a precursor to -this is how you can help relieve that problem- and that -saves lives-.
neurotypicalism is perhaps not as clear as ya’ll are making it out to be, and I see so many anti-neurotypicalism blogs jumping down people’s throats for claiming that yes indeed chemical imbalances may perhaps be a bad thing requiring medication. language choice is important, yes, but my great fear is that this “special snowflake” attitude is going to end with someone offing themselves because they thought they were unique instead of emotionally disturbed and so never sought help.