“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” — Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness, 1930
In my late twenties, after being dumped by a long-distance boyfriend and fired from a job I hated in the same week, I stopped being able to function. This shift happened suddenly, a tremor leading quickly to an earthquake. I stopped sleeping. I didn’t know and couldn’t talk about what I was feeling. Numbed and exposed, I was no longer able to care for myself. Even buying groceries felt insurmountable.
I fled home to…
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What follows is a step-by-step guide of how to join Invisible Illness, Medium’s largest mental health publication. We are always working to demystify the process, and make it easier. Hope this helps.
This form exists only to be added as a writer. You’ll still have to submit your essay if you are accepted to Invisible Illness.
As the Invisible Illness publication grows, our team of editors is starting to give some of the same feedback repeatedly. We thought it might be helpful to collect that feedback in one place to speed up the feedback process and help you avoid these errors.
Hello Invisible Illness writers, new and established,
The Invisible Illness editorial team has been hard at work for the past few months exploring ways to support your writing and get your work out to more people. To that end, we’re evolving our writer guidelines a bit to provide editorial support and reach more people. Our ultimate goal remains exactly the same: to provide the platform for you to share your stories and insights about mental health.
Anxiety in children has been diagnosed an at increasingly higher rate in the past few years. Here’s some information from the CDC:
This is likely obvious to all of you: We’re in the middle of an anxiety wave about COVID-19 aka “the coronavirus.” The news of the spread of the illness is everywhere, and new headlines are pouring in about transmission and death rates. Just today, Twitter announced that they are sending all employees home, and they’ll be working remotely until further notice. It’s destabilizing when something like this happens. Something that changes how people behave in their daily lives. As I often do, I’m writing to help distract myself. …
Hello Invisible Illness!
Thanks to you, our growing community of readers and writers, we’re able to create a dynamic space where brave voices speak your truth every day. In the past six months, the Invisible Illness editorial team has grown (yay!). With more bandwidth comes more ways to improve the publication and amplify our reach with your stories. We want to help you grow your readership.
We’re starting by creating this work-in-progress brief style guide and resource list. Does information like this helps you? Let us know in private comments or with written response posts. On to the guidelines…
Periodically we like to reach out to share updates about what’s happening at Invisible Illness, Medium’s largest mental health publication. Thanks to your amazing writing (and reading!) our latest happy update is: we’re growing.
We’re now a team of 4 editors. Joining Meredith and Ryan are two new editors whose names might already be familiar to you, as they’ve both been active contributors to the publication for some time.
Hello! Welcome to the biggest mental health publication on Medium. We’re thrilled you’re here, and looking forward to learning more about you.
As editors of this pub, we believe sharing stories about mental illness is important. And that it’s not just one story from one that makes a difference — though reading the right story at the right time can change a life — it’s the layering effect of many, many stories from people from all over the world that can dent stigma and affect change.
As well as a powerful publication, Invisible Illness is a powerful community that gathers…
Writing is process as well as outcome.
Their strengths go undiscovered, most of all by themselves.
Our strengths can also be thought of as resources. Discovering new resources can lead to a positive effect at home, at work, and in our communities.