I first wrote about my experiences with mental illness in late 2006 when I wrote a letter to the editor of my local newspaper about my experiences as a way to promote mental illness awareness when one of our local state legislators was putting on a forum about such topics. To my pleasant surprise, the article/letter I wrote went over well.
From that experience I decided to write a series of short topical essays about what the aspects of living with mental illness were like. I wrote about such topics as struggling through college, struggling in the workplace, filing for disability insurance, how to cope with loneliness, how to deal with losing friends, what to tell family members, employers, friends, and other topics. Many good books have been written about mental illness by doctors, therapists, and psychiatrists, yet not many from the mentally ill person’s point of view. That is where I came in.
A couple of years ago, I put all of these essays into book form in a book available through lulu.com titled The Mental Illness Essays. The essays written in this book led me to write my blog. I have put a link to the site where my book is available in this post. You can also get there by clicking on the picture of the book at the top of this post. Check it out and leave some feedback.