Writing Heals My Brain
I write because I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was eight-years-old.
I write because my mother gave me wonderful books to read as a child, and she always believed in my writing ability – she continues encouraging my writing as she approaches her eighth decade!
I write because it grounds me.
I write because the act of writing restores me; it helps me remember the person I was before a mental illness almost destroyed me.
I write to prove to myself that all the soul-sucking medications I’ve taken didn’t kill my creativity after all.
I write because writing has given me the opportunity to interview extraordinary people. Before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I was a freelance writer. I interviewed Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, author of the bestselling book An Unquiet Mind, for a magazine article I was writing. Little did I know I would eventually share the same diagnosis with Dr. Jamison.
I write because I can write, even after I had electricity pulse through my brain over fifty times during electroconvulsive treatments (ECT). My long-term memory is still intact.
I write because it stimulates some mysterious part of my brain and makes me feel better.
I write because it’s free therapy.
I write to share and connect with other people worldwide who have suffered with bipolar disorder like I have.
I write to help other moms know they aren’t alone with their perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
I write because no one, not even bipolar disorder, can take away the fact that I’m a Writer
Dyane’s memoir Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder, with a foreword by Dr. Walker Karraa (Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth), will be published by Post Hill Press in Fall, 2017.