Daniel Panetta

Daniel Panetta

Pop / Rock / Jazz

Many people associate the term ‘mental health’ with a specific image in their mind of someone they love, someone they've met, or maybe what they see when they look in the mirror. It's a shame that we try to put a physical description to a term that can only be experienced in the mind. 

We are always being told and taught what is "normal". This includes how we act, how we dress and how we perceive things. When something or someone escapes that known version of "normal", aren't we the first ones to point it out? Well, I've been told my whole life that I am not normal. I grew up in a school environment that was predominantly sports-focused when all I wanted to do was perform and write music. I was cast out and bullied for being different. But what they didn’t see was that I had Asperger's syndrome, which made me look and act far from "normal".

Asperger’s is a high functioning form of Autism. I'm just like you... mostly. I just take in information differently than others. I don't have the physical symptoms of Autism, But, a lot of the internal functions are the same. My reaction to senses is different than most people. Scents, touch, audio and taste are all very intense and some days unbearable. My emotional connection to things is also different. A lot of the physical attributes of emotion I've learned from watching movies and copying the character's physical embodiment of that particular emotion. My fine-motor skills are almost non-existent. I can barely tie my shoes...yet playing musical instruments feels very organic and free. I can use my focusing abilities to solve most problems.