As somebody like myself who has autism, I believe being sectioned feels like being locked behind bars and being held like a criminal. As drastic as it sounds, that's how it feels for most us people with autism. Being detained within a small environment, being shut away from the outside world and being distant from your loved ones. It can be difficult for anybody who's being sectioned due to their mental health although is sectioning somebody with autism necessary?
Autism is not classified as a mental health problem, autism is classed as a lifelong developmental disability which is a condition, although some may have learning disabilities alongside this. Is being thrown into a mental health institute the correct way to deal with this? No, the neglect, misunderstanding and ignorance which then makes us even worse and could then lead to mental health problems.
I found that professionals at the psychiatric unit I was in, they often didn't seem as knowledgeable enough, it felt like they had little amount of training and all of a sudden they automatically label themselves as professionals. I felt I was misunderstood. Being injected, restrained and forced medication, we don't ask for that. We strive for a normal life and placing us under lock and key will guarantee make the situation a lot worse.
These professionals like to push your limits and purposely push your buttons to whichever way suits them. I was restrained several times and more than once I remember yelling at them to be more gentle and stop using too much force to the extent they could break my arm. They were smug about it all as well and would say something which would cause us to be even more angrier.
Those with autism often have a high vulnerability state and can get high sensory overload . I hugely believe It's easier for local professionals and services to lock somebody in a mental health unit than it is to give the correct treatment that's more suited to our needs. The worst scenario is that you get treated like animals.
Having autism and suffering with mental health are two different things which I've already proven, so does that mean that these should be categorically separated instead of being treated the same way as somebody who suffers with serious mental health. That's where I sometimes believe the misunderstanding comes into it within regards to the professionals, they presume that the ones with autism need the more drastic help like those who suffer with mental health. I'm not at all being biased, I'm stating that the facts that mental health and autism is not the same.