Serious mental illness (SMI) is one of my areas of expertise. As a freelance mental health writer, I’m well read on mental health conditions and have written on a number of mental disorders and illnesses. These include obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD) bipolar disorder, schizophrenia (see page 26), and schizoaffective disorder, among others. I’m also a mental health care advocate, so find out about my advocacy efforts for better mental health care policy for those with serious mental illness.
I have a strong interest in human behavior, whether it’s psychological or neurological. Some mental illnesses are of particular interest to me because of my family history. My dad suffered from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. I also have a son with schizoaffective disorder (bipolar and schizophrenia combined). His dreadful disease is what ultimately led me to advocate for better national mental health care policy. It also resulted in my interest in becoming a writer on serious mental illness, in particular.
Myself, I’ve been diagnosed with anxiety, panic attacks, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), major depression, attention deficit disorder, and bipolar II. Fortunately, I don’t experience the mania of bipolar I, but rather hypomania, so I just become incredibly driven. My personal experience brings great insight into these brain diseases.
As an avid reader and freelance psychology writer, I also have an understanding of personality disorders, such as narcissistic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder, among others. I’m very fascinated by what makes people tick.
Taking a Scientific Approach as a Mental Health Writer
One thing I feel strongly about is that a mental health writer should be as objective as possible because people’s well-being is at stake. When misinformation is published, or unproven therapies based only on anecdotal evidence are recommended, those with mental health problems suffer. So when writing, I rely on scientific evidence when discussing available treatments.
As a mental health writer, I certainly recognize the validity of the field of psychology. But there’s a small percentage of psychologists and therapists who fail to be objective. Some of these practitioners reject psychiatry insisting all human behavior stems from personal experience and that psychotherapy is the only cure. For some mental health problems, this is true. But equally true, our brains can and do have deficits or diseases just like any other organ in our bodies. And just like any other disease, medication is often necessary because of chemical imbalances or diseases of the brain.
There’s also a big push by some mental health professionals for alternative (scientifically unproven) therapies. These therapies can be both risky and costly and are often ineffective. Most alternative therapies have only anecdotal evidence and provide merely a placebo effect, at best. At worst, pseudo-medicine or pseudo psychology can be unsafe resulting in negative consequences either psychologically or physiologically, or both. It also allows mental health problems to persist.
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