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As some of you already know, I am in the process of writing a book about mental illness and the Church.  This book will focus on educating the Church as to what mental illness is and isn’t, and highlight what they’ve been doing right, as well as what they’ve been doing wrong.  It will also serve as a “guide” to ministering to the sick.

If you have a story – either good or bad – regarding your own experiences with mental illness and church/Christians, I want to hear from you.  I am currently doing interviews and would love to hear what you have to say.

You can contact me at julie.fidlerATlive.com  (Remove the “AT” and replace it with “@”.)

Looking forward to hearing from you!

-Julie

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I’m diabetic.
I’m hypertensive.
I’m bipolar.

What I’m not is politically correct.

We’re trying to “normalize” mental illness, correct? Trying to make people understand that it is, in fact, an illness, not a personal shortcoming, demon possession, or a badge on someone’s forehead. Am I right? Then why are professionals and advocates so insistent upon referring to people like me as “people with mental illness”? What’s wrong with saying someone is mentally ill? It’s a legit physical illness, right? The brain is an organ, and that’s the organ affected, isn’t it?

I’m mentally ill. Just like I’m diabetic and hypertensive. How are we going to remove a stigma when we can’t even work up the nerve to call it like it is? And no one supports this ideology like NAMI.

The thing about mental illness is, it’s just another illness…but it’s not. But in order for a person to learn to cope with their illness, they have to first own it. Phrasing things in a politically correct way just separates people from what ails them, like it’s some other entity hanging on and sucking away the life of a person.

You can’t treat it until you can own it.

I’m diabetic, hypertensive, and mentally ill.

More on this later.

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