Psychology Today: Hand me that Cape; I am Schizophrenia Girl

How we are defined by our mental illnesses

Any good author takes grand strides to brand themselves, and I do try my best to be a good author, even if the “powers at be” (supposed) don’t always (ever) agree with my methods. It wasn’t as if I was like hey, schizophrenia is my brand, please go buy my books, because at the time that I decided to come out of the mental health closet, I hadn’t even written anything on mental health yet, but it did in fact open a world to me that supported me in finishing Paper Souls—a novel about a woman with schizophrenia, which was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I said I had schizophrenia and two years later I was with a publisher, I was acting VP of a non-profit dedicated to eradicating the stigma of mental illness, writing for Psychology Today, involved in another non-profit dedicated to people with disabilities, all while working my full time day job that pays the bills. If, when I left my ex-husband and told the world I had schizophrenia, you told me this is where life would take me, I’d probably laugh in your face and then tell you that you are crazier than me.

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