anyway, it’s to help with a book about mental illnesses. which is great and all. but it’s even better because it’s for MARYA HORNBACHER‘S NEW BOOK!!!
I own (and have actually read) all five of her books. The Center of Winter is a nonfiction piece. Madness and Wasted are respectively about her bipolar and eating disorders. Sane is about working the 12 Step Program with a mental illness; Waiting is about working the program without having to endure all the God-talk (or for “non-believers”, as she says).
anyway. Marya is one of the women I was supposed to become: a crazy, fucked up writer with tales of adventures and misadventures, who eventually got her life together and even got published.
I remembered after I finished reading Madness and Wasted, I emailed her about connections I noticed between the two and how she and I shared similar behavioural patterns. she actually responded to the email fairly promptly (and it seemed legitimately like her, and not a lackey). anyway, it was rad.
so I looked further into the aforementioned survey, only to learn it was open:
Author Marya Hornbacher is working on a book about mental illness. Her book will profile the lives of people who have a mental illness or who work in the field, and she’s trying to develop a deeper understanding of how the public views mental illness.
Please answer the questions below to help Marya with her reporting. There aren’t any right or wrong answers, and she appreciates all responses. If you know very little about mental illness, she’d love to hear from you. Or, if you are personally connected with mental illness, she would love to hear from you as well.
Marya won’t publish any of your responses without your permission. Marya or a journalist from the Public Insight Network may follow up with you for help with reporting.
and I decided, “what the fuck, let’s fill it out.” and I’d really appreciate it if you filled it out too. ❤
my answers are below.