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 fof what it’s like living with the various kinds of illnesses.
I’m hoping to get 500-600 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.
I’m currently looking for first-hand accounts for the following diagnoses; I’ll be updating this list regularly, so if a diagnosis isn’t listed here it’s already been taken:
- adjustment disorder
- borderline personality
- cyclothymic disorder
- persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)
If we already know each other and you’re interested in getting involved, email me: mentalhealthathome (at) gmail (dot) com.
I’m thinking about publishing the book in August/September, so there would be no rush at all to get the actual stories in.