20 Advices for Mental Illness Writer


In this world, many people are apparently suffer from mental illnes. One of them was experienced by my Facebook friend named Sydney Aronin. In her Facebook wall, she wrote her sad story. She wrote:
I come seeking guidance! So to put it bluntly, I suffer from mental illness. I have a severe generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and psychosis. Because of this as of late, it’s been near impossible to do the one thing I practically breath for - writing.
I can get a few paragraphs here and there, but I either can’t concentrate enough to write for more than ten - twenty minutes, or I get panic attacks and can’t even open the page. This is frustrating beyond belief, as writing is my main passion and what I’ve loved to do for years. It’s what I want as a career, if I’m so lucky to be able to do so. I am trying hard to get into a psychiatrist/psychologist, and I think once I am on regular medication it will help immensely, but I’m not sure when I can get there (I’ve been trying, it’s either dead ends or they won’t return calls, ugh). I was wondering, are there fellow writers who too struggle with mental illness? How do you push past it and just write? I’d love any and all advice! Thank you!
What has been experienced by Sydney is just one of the experiences of many people who may suffer the same thing as Sydney in this world. The amount of Passion writing must be hampered by many things, one of them is mental illness.

From her story, she got many great respons from her friends. Some respons are below:

Hi! I have depression and anxiety and frankly I'm pretty sure I have PTSD, too. Sometimes this makes writing really hard, and sometimes it makes it impossible. But sometimes it helps, too. If I'm writing about depression or anxiety while I'm feeling either one I can very accurately depict it and it at least makes for good storytelling. HUGS! It's hard sometimes, but writing is worth it. (Kaylee James)

I was diagnosed about six years ago with Bipolar disorder and BPD. It's a struggle, I won't lie. Writing has always been cathartic for me and a way for me to deal with my "illness" in a constructive way. My advice? Keep doing what you love. It is a tool that can help you crawl out of some very dark places. Write. Every day. Even if none of it makes sense. I guarantee that some of the best stuff can be pieced together from incoherent, insomnia induced babblings. Keep a small notebook and pen on you and use it whenever you feel the need. And remember, your mental illness isn't WHO you are, it's only a part of you. Never apologize for it. Be proud of the internal struggles you've fought and wear that shit like a badge of honor. You've earned it. (Rachael Cambray)

Same conditions here. Writing is an amazing escape for me. I follow my imagination and forget myself for a while. (Yaldie Dandeneau)

Writing is my escape from everything. I have an autisitic son at home, mom lives with me and she's dementia, my hubby has diabeties and a heart condition. I work in a cafeteria with kids all day. The issue I have is writing when things are calm. I can't seem to write then. (Kazzy Zekes)

Depends on the day. Sometimes it’s what helps me write my best material. Other days it stops me from being able to write anything, or do anything comprehensive at all other than seclude myself and try to keep the marbles in the bag, so to speak. While I would in many ways love to get some meds to help out, on the other hand I’ve learned to live with it to the point where I don’t know how to live without it. Multiple large chunks of my time growing up and maturing was done so dealing with nasty things in my head, so it’s what I know. And if I did, I would be afraid my drive to write would be erased. I have discovered that my writing is how I come to somewhat understand what goes on in my head. I take the things there and involuntarily translate them into a language I can comprehend in the form of fiction writing. I have grown to understand myself primarily through translating these things over time, if that makes any sense. I feel that if I take meds to return to “normal” I would lose that drive out of simply not needing to release what’s in my head, but in turn lose the only way I have learned to understand my life and myself. (David Thiessen)

write in short burst every day, just a few paragraphs, At the end of say twenty minutes, finish the sentence and walk away, Slowly you'll find yourself writing longer with ease.  Good luck (Sheril Rosecrans)

I have low-level anxiety but no medicated.  Undx PDA (autism).  Set yourself a daily 10 minute goal to avoid the panic trigger until you’re in a better place.  10 minutes is so much better than no minutes.  I’m lucky.  Writing is the activity that eases my anxiety as I get lost in the flow, but on the worst days it can make thought disordered & so challenging to write coherently. You’ll get there x you will. (Ruth E Sharman)

It's has become the order of the day now that the number of people who are diagnosed with PTSD and other psychological problems is on the rise. A writer is a fighter, your pen is your greatest weapon, someone once wrote to the president just to call his attention, you should write to those you seek help from, people attend to official papers this days faster than a call put through randomly. There was once a time I was heartbroken, I kept myself locked indoors and wrote for long hours, eventually years later someone also went through the same experience, I gave her my book to read and just like a miracle it was a tremendous turn out recovery as after a week she was back on her feet and was moving on with life and she told me, "You are my Hero", and that's to every pen writer you're somebody's HERO never forget that, someone somewhere is looking for the best help you can provide them with. (Eyiowunawi)

Try to think of writing as a medicine. When you sit down to write, take some deep breaths and just settle in thinking of it as a few moments of peace and quiet from the rest of the world. Only write for a few minutes and then get up and do something else. Maybe start by just writing a grocery list, a list of your favorite books, or people. Anything to just get you to write and take some deep breaths, and use that healing medicine. (Chris Mc Cormick)

I do have anxiety and moderate depression but I'm lucky in that when I write, in the quiet time before work and during my lunch break, everything melts away. I write to escape for a little while even though it's always a wrench to stop when my break is over. Overall, I find it therapeutic when my job requires 100% concentration for long periods of time. I think the advice on short bursts of writing is good to follow. Inbetween your imagination will mull over your thoughts. It's amazing how many people get their best ideas when they're not at a desk watching a flashing cursor. (Helen Ansdell)

It must be hard for you  I think some of the comments here are great.  Also writing down how you are feeling every day as a private diary   Or before you write sit and read a couple of pages of your favourite book gets you in the zone.  I also know someone who copies out in longhand a page of their favourite book before they start their own writing.  Good luck and know your not alone. (Sandra Dimuccio)

Start with some writing prompts and write non stop for 15 minutes. Don't think, just write. Then, eat something or take a nap. Come back and repeat. That is how I dealt with the situation. It works. (Aditi Mishra)

Write every day. Even if it isn’t much, even if it’s just for 10 mins, just write every day and you’ll still be closer than you were the day before. (Courtney Tilney)

Sydney Aronin Many people write who have mental illness. I have a DD dissociative disorder that periodically makes me experience temporary bouts of amnesia. It's caused by prolonged stress, trauma and anxiety. The way I push through is with writing, studying writing and reading. It's a tool that happens to be my passion. I also work as a proposal writer and editor, which pays well. I write for a living. You can too. (Heather A Busse)

From another who battles, all I can offer is this: Keep the fun in your writing. If you get stuck in the in-between where your enjoyment wanes, take a break from that part and move to another/the next part that you actually enjoy writing. Eventually all the rest will connect itself to the dots you make. The less time you spend in the more stressful and harder to connect parts of your story, the more peace you'll maintain and the better your story will flow. Good luck and may your ink flow freely from page to page. (Tamehana Samuels)

Break down your novel into scenes. Good pacing suggest 2-3000 words per scene. 15 minute writing sprints. Makes everything much more bitesized and managable. (Andrew Lee)

I suffer from PTSD, ADHD and an Acquired Brain Injury. Headphones help me a lot to focus otherwise I can't tune out my gibbering thoughts. Different methods and senses can work well together. (Scott Lee)

I was diagnosed, 2 years ago at the age of 54, as having has ADHD all my life. I find it difficult to focus and concentrate, often allowing my mind to drift off on a tangent. However, I find that writing helps me enormously. My overactive mind provides an almost endless source of ideas and scenarios. My only regret is that I hadn't started writing earlier. (Duane Ferris)

Is the panic associated with fear of not being read, or not breaking out? Are you scared to write or scared to write professionally? I don’t have any real experience with panic attacks, but maybe you can change the scenario a bit to not trigger. In other words, before you sit down to write tell yourself that you are writing because it’s fun; because you love it. They’re not lies, after all. (Kelley Buzbee)

Maybe consider attempting to co-author with a friend and writer. The right help can assist you getting your ideas out on paper while also giving you avenues of thought you never considered. (Beau Curtis)

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