Over the two weeks following the release of Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, I’ll be featuring the amazing contributors to the book and excerpts from their narratives.
For more details on the book, including info on the other contributors and where to pick up a copy, please visit the Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis page.
AutumnSkiesBlog contributed a narrative about living with social anxiety disorder. Here’s an excerpt:
“Mentally, it is a constant complex web of emotions. Wanting to be around people and wanting to be liked, but constantly living in fear after almost every word you said that this would be the moment they figure out you aren’t special and that it’s time to move on to the next person.”
Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess runs a popular weekly mental health prompt series on her blog called Working On Us. She contributed a narrative about onychophagia (nail-biting), a form of body-focused repetitive behaviour disorder. Here’s an excerpt:
“To me, it’s as if I’m on auto-pilot and to be frank, it’s almost satisfying to me when I have done the damage.It’s almost as if it’s a soothing/calming sensation to bite and gnaw.It’s like a baby sucking its thumb, a sense of self-soothing although it hurts like all hell.”