I’m currently working on my next book, Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis. In it I’m peeling apart the diagnostic criteria for multiple different diagnoses to give a clearer, more reader friendly picture of what each illness actually looks like.
Since the DSM criteria can never fully capture what it’s like to experience a given illness, I’m looking for your help to add first-hand accounts from some of my blogging family of what it’s like living with the various kinds of illnesses.
I’m hoping to get 400-500 word accounts for each (or at least most) of the disorders covered in the book. I realize that’s very short, but there are also a lot of diagnoses to cover. Anyone who shares a story would be listed as a contributor to the book, and blog links would be included. Also, contributors would get a copy of the ebook. While many among us have multiple disorders, because of the way the book is laid out I want accounts to match up with each individual diagnosis. Since it would be nice to include as many contributors as possible, I’m just looking for one diagnosis story per contributor (at least for now).
I’m currently looking for first-hand accounts for the following diagnoses; I’ll be updating this list often, so if a diagnosis isn’t listed here it’s already been taken:
- adjustment disorder
- body dysmorphia
- gender dysphoria
- illness anxiety disorder
- persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)
- schizoaffective disorder
If we already know each other and you’re interested in getting involved, email me: mentalhealthathome (at) gmail (dot) com. I may open it up more broadly later on, but to start off I’m just looking to hear from my blogging family I’m already connected with.
I’m thinking about publishing the book in August/September, so there would be no rush at all to get the actual stories in.