My husband and I have two children and own a successful business in Northern California. I am coming out of the shadows to share openly about my personal experience with bipolar disorder and my observations of my husband’s experience with schizoaffective disorder to encourage more of the silent successful to speak up and help others who still suffer from mental illness.
I am passionate about changing the way our culture perceives mental illness and I strive to empower others.
My husband and I remained very ill when we lived in secret shame. As we began to tell our friends, we found out we were accepted – maybe not understood – but accepted. I intend to do all I can to help people understand by giving intimate insight into what it is like to battle and have victory over addictions and mental disorders.
There are so many people suffering from mental illness all around us—yet some are the silent successful, living in victory like us. It is my goal to invoke compassion to a culture that does not understand and to provide hope to those still suffering.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing an intimate view of my struggles wasn't what I would call a joy, but the joy comes when more people understand mental illness and addiction and it causes compassion and hope for recovery.
What do your fans mean to you?
Hope... that more people will break the silence and not be ashamed to talk about mental illness.
"In Sickness and in Mental Health" is a personal journey through the madness of living with mental illness and the uncommon discovery to the road back to health. Author Diane Mintz shares her terrifying experience with bipolar disorder and how a symptom of the disorder itself, coupled with various addictions, impeded her recovery for a decade. www.dianemintzauthor.com