Schizoaffective Disorder Out of the Closet

January 2, 2012 Holly Gray

Mental illness is one thing ... going public with it is another. Listen as Dr. Carolyn Dobbins tells us what schizoaffective disorder out of the closet is like.

Coming out of the closet as someone with a mental illness was challenging for me. Even so, I wasn’t a successful psychotherapist with a nearly 25 year career under my belt. Dr. Carolyn Dobbins, however, is. Dr. Dobbins has schizoaffective disorder and her recently published book, What A Life Can Be, gives us all a revealing look at what that’s like for her.

We asked Dr. Dobbins why she decided to go public with her mental illness after all these years and how that choice has impacted her life and career. Dr. Dobbins discusses the answers to those questions and more on this edition of the HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show. Listen and learn about schizoaffective disorder out of the closet.

Listen to “Coming Out with Schizoaffective Disorder”

For more information about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of schizoaffective disorder, visit the HealthyPlace Thought Disorders Community.

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Do you have personal insight about life with schizoaffective disorder? Have you come out of the closet as someone with a mental illness? Please leave your comments below.

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Author: Holly Gray

March, 5 2012 at 6:55 pm

How come manic depressives are always bragging about all the famous people with their illness like Abe Lincoln, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and the beautiful mind guy? They don't talk about how his wife left him till his baby was grown for trying to sterilize it in a boiling pot. You would think manic depression is an advantage not a disability.
I used to idolize dead drug addicted rock stars. Now I think they are just another wasted life. I do sympathize with martyrs but would not put myself through that just to make a point.

March, 13 2012 at 12:05 am

@ alfred; its not bragging.. it's identifying with someone else who has it. sometimes life feels hopeless when your days are so unbalanced that you cant work, enjoy a social life, you loose all your friends and worst of all your own identity.. so when you see these people who have still achieved so much with the illness they become an inspiration. we all hide the bad parts of what goes on.. its only human to be ashamed. we just need to know we are not alone just like everyone else.
p.s. on the topic of dead drug addicted rock stars- before you judge a person, walk a mile in their shoes :)

DB Corbett, BSc, MSW, RSW
April, 22 2013 at 6:14 am

Great interview...
Also, SaD is often used as a misdiagnosis for DID.

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