Do Adult Babies and Diaper Lovers have a higher incidence of mental illness? Has the increased coverage of ABDL related stories in mainstream news and social media had a positive or negative effect on your mental well-being? It’s time we talk about these things on this episode of the ABDLcast.
A Different Kind of ABDLcast
Boy, is this episode different than any of its predecessors. Our goal has always been to produce a lighthearted, fun, and even whimsical podcast. This one is decidedly heavier in tone. I (Toddy) felt that I had to address these topics because they are important to me. And though I wanted to inject some levity into the subject, in the end, I was unable. I am sure to offend some listeners with my opinions. That was not my intent. What I did do is to speak from the heart. My heart.
ABDL and Mental Health
Admittedly Twitter polls are not scientific by any stretch of the imagination. If you want to read proper surveys Understanding Infantilism is the place to go. But that doesn’t stop us from creating polls. In late June, 2016 I tweeted about ABDLs and their Mental Health. The result – though a small sampling; only 111 votes – was quite shocking.
Forty-Six percent of those who answered have either been diagnosed, or believe that they should be, with a mental illness. Assuming that these result are even close to reality, that seems to be disproportionately high, doesn’t it? Certainly it is higher than the general population of the U.S. We don’t attempt to answer the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the results. Instead we ask what effect the current spate of Adult Baby and Diaper Lover stories that have been in the news might have on those ABDLs who suffer with mental health issues.
ABDL in the News
Of course being an ABDL makes me a little more (that’s an understatement) sensitive to it, but it certainly seems that every time I turn around there is another news or opinion piece about Adult Babies and Diaper Lovers or ABDL designer diapers, etc. There were news stories trending on Facebook and regional and national news organizations reporting on stores that cater to ABDLs being protested. There are videos and exposés and radio talk shows and podcasts, along with plenty of opportunities for people who have never imagined such things to voice their (mainly negative) opinions in comment sections.
Some ABDLs are calling for “striking while the iron is hot” and marching in parades – making our “lifestyle” known to the masses. Others are wanting all this unsolicited attention to go away. In fact, some of us with mental illnesses are greatly troubled by it.
There was a time when discovering that I was NOT the only person who liked to wear diapers was a relief. There are times now when I wish that I was.
QUESTION: Do you find comfort in knowing you are not the only one in the world who likes diapers? What about when it is in the news and on your friends and families Facebook pages?
Let us know your thoughts. We’d love to share them on the ABDLcast.