Over the two weeks following the release of Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, I’ll be featuring the contributors to the book and excerpts from their narratives.
For more details on the book, please visit the Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis page.
Luftmentsch, who blogs at Vision of the Night, shares his experience being on the autism spectrum. His story is a striking example of how sometimes self-diagnosis must be relied upon because of barriers to receiving an effective assessment and diagnosis from a professional.
“Like many autistic people I have poor executive function, meaning I am very indecisive and struggle to multitask or plan effectively.I like routines and dislike change.If change is forced on me, I do adapt quite quickly, but I resist it beforehand. I am wary of doing new things and going to new places.Anything involving new situations or talking to new people is very scary.”
Meg blogs at Why Does Bad Advice Happen to Good People? She has published multiple books, and I’ve previously reviewed her books Unraveled and Behold Her Majestic Fog. She shared her experience of living with schizophrenia. Here’s an excerpt:
“When I pass people on the sidewalk, I face away from them and avoid saying hello even if they say hi to me.To be polite and acknowledge them would be to let them suck my energy away, and I don’t have much energy to spare… There aren’t enough antipsychotics in the pharmacy to keep me from feeling overwhelmed by people’s energy.”
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