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I have been writing mainly articles and poetry on mental health for over 10 years. I have written articles and poetry for 'The Big Issue' on my schizophrenia as well for St Vincent De Paul. I have also featured on the SBS Insight website. I love now getting my articles to rhyme, with DiVine giving me that perfect opportunity.
I want to inform and entertain people with my writing. I like to explore both the positive and negative factors of my illness. Getting into DiVine has been one of the best things that has happened to me.
The Outsider is about a man named Charles who had a mental illness. The book is written by his son. Charles's illness made him so unwell he became homeless. His wife and son stopped seeing him. But years later and after Charles's death, his son finds people who knew his father. He speaks to them to find out how his father lived his life. I think the book covers many symptoms of mental illness. But I also think parts of the illness are not clearly explained. However, this book is a strong account of one man's total desperation and defeat by schizophrenia.
I have talked about my disability on television programs. In 2002 I was on the television show
Australian Story. With the support of my family I spoke about schizophrenia. After the show I received caring letters and phone calls from the public. This support made me want to keep going on television. I wanted to educate people about schizophrenia. Before going on television I hid my disability. But not anymore. I have been on other television shows since that first time. Being on television has given me confidence and helped my relationships. It has also drawn attention to my writing.
Ron McCallum has been blind since he was a baby. At school he was a good student. He went to university to study law. His friends would read law books to him. His wife Mary also helped him. After his studies he began to teach law. Since then he has achieved a lot in his life. He was the Dean of Law at the University of Sydney. He believes in the rights of people with disabilities. In 2006 the Australian government awarded him with the Order of Australia. In 2011 he was named Senior Australian of the Year.
Recently I was a voluntary patient at a psychiatric hospital. When I was younger I didn't have good hospital visits. But this visit was much better. I was lucky to be given my own room. The doctors and nurses took good care of me. I didn't have to cook or clean. I did things like reading and writing. I went to many classes. I practised deep relaxation and arts and crafts. I had wonderful talks with the other patients. I listened to the doctor and nurses. I slowly felt better. I was ready to face the world again.
Hypochondria is an illness. The sufferer believes they are sick or dying when they are not. They may think they have breast cancer because they feel small aches. Or they may worry their stomach ache is because of liver or kidney problems. A person with hypochondria may read medical information on the internet. This can make them feel worse. Dr Mahon is a doctor. He helps people who have hypochondria. He tells them how to care for their body. He may send them to see other medical professionals who can help. Having a good doctor can help a person with hypochondria.