Thank you, Brandie and Cynthia, for your comments and insights. I intend to keep speaking on this topic, because I believe that many more people in this country than are willing to admit are afflicted with aberrations of one sort or another. As mental illness is studied more thoroughly, it becomes clearer that there are genetic predispositions as well as chemical imbalances, and that only in very rare cases are individuals so impaired that they are unable to function. If I weren't already so (ahem) advanced in age, it is a subject to which I would like to devote some study.
Maybe by speaking out and spreading the word, some small benefit will be realized.