Many people feel that those who are mentally ill cannot be held responsible for their actions. This is kind of a gray area and for me and depends on whether or not the person is aware that they have a mental illness.

On one hand, if they’re not aware of it, how could they possibly be held responsible for their behavior if they don’t know it’s wrong? I understand that.

On the other hand, If someone has been diagnosed, gone through therapy, and talk about their mental illness on a daily basis, they’re aware of it and therefore should at least try to take responsibility for their own actions. It shouldn’t be used as an excuse to hurt someone else and they’re not entitled to special treatment by every single person they meet just because they have a diagnosis.

If you’re reading this, I’d love to hear your thoughts.