What a brave woman to share her story. And there are others. I know people who have had ECT and thrived. But what's on the horizon? Now we have Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
The treatment of depression and other mental illnesses have a long way to go. Just this month the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel for Mental Disorders was released and there was controversy about the classifications. This article entitled, Large Genetic Study Paves Way for New Treatment of Mental Illness begins to explore what I believe will provide better treatment and classifications of disorders in the same sophisticated way cancer is treated. I pray this happens in my lifetime. I've witnessed far too much trauma for patients and their families in the last thirty-three years since I entered the field of mental health. My own family has been deeply effected and I know the horrendous pain that mental illness inflicts on a family.
One of the reasons my first two novels in The Ravensmoore Chronicles explores aspects of mental illness from a historical perspective is in hopes of making a difference somehow for someone that may be in difficult situations today. To look back at what was and push forward and through to better mental health for everyone and treatment for those who are afraid to reach out because of the stigma that is still rampant in this country.
If you have an interest in writing about mental health and mental illness I would encourage you to do so. When we write more books and see more movies that explore and have a positive impact (look at what Silver Linings Playbook) then real progress can be made as others talk about these issues.
What do you think will make a difference in finding better treatment for mental illness? Is this issue ever discussed in your church community?
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2nd Timothy 1:7 KJV
Kent explores the darker side of Regency England. Her latest novel,
Mystery of the Heart released in January 2013. Her first novel, Secrets
of the Heart will introduce you to asylum life, and Chameleon will take
you into historic Bedlam itself. But never fear, romance is alive and
well in all of Jillian's novels.
Jillian's novel, Chameleon, recently finaled in the Selah Awards at Blueridge Christian Writer's Conference and is now a finalist for the the Daphne du Maurier Award through Romance Writers of Americas Mystery and Suspense Chapter Contest.