Who Has the Right to Write?

Some people have told me that because I am not a medical professional that I have no right to write a blog about living with mental health disorders. Now this seems ridiculous to me. In my mind this is the equivalent of telling a horror writer that they can’t write about a serial killer because they aren’t an FBI profiler, or because they aren’t a serial killer. If I don’t have the right to write about my experiences after 30 years of living with them, then who does?

Yes my college major was sociology and not psychology, but this does not in any way mean I do not know a lot about mental health. This means that I look at it from a social prospective and not a clinical prospective. I know what I’m talking about when I post. I also do a lot of research when I do write a post that in any way gives advice. I’m not blindly writing about things which I do not know or understand.

I mainly write about living with the label of being crazy. I say embrace the crazy. I share my experiences, because I hope that in some small way what I have gone through may help someone else. So if you think that only a medical professional should write about mental health, then this is probably not the blog for you. However, if you are trying to understand your own crazy, or that of someone close to you, then just maybe this blog will help give you some insight into that world.

I refuse to live under a stigma because I have a diagnosis, and I hope that this blog helps people deal with how they deal with being labeled as crazy.

Embrace the crazy. Write what you feel. Also people always say to write what you know, and crazy is something I know. Mental health is something I understand. So if you don’t read anything else on my blog please take this with you: Everyone has the right to write about whatever their little heart’s desire. This does not mean that everyone knows what they are talking about, but they have the right to write. Everyone has the right to express themselves, and if they want to paint a picture or write a blog that is their right.

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One thought on “Who Has the Right to Write?”

  1. Excellent post. There are plenty of blog posts written by other writers telling people NOT to write. Why bother? Then if I had a dime for every person who told others not to write a book because, well they offered no good reason, I would be RICH RICH RICH. I say, if you want to write, then write. If you don’t want to read what we write then don’t read it, don’t buy the book!

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