I’ve written two books now: On Gratitude and Photography and Schizophrenia and I’m completing one called Psychological and Emotional Currency.
I use a lot of photography with my writing and had developed an idea of photo recovery art which uses photography to work with complex ideas in recovery as well as with respect to illness.
I never let disability and this dread disease of schizophrenia keep me from going to college and graduate school and practicing in the field of AOD counseling for 30 years. I never let it keep me from publishing my books.
My hope for my books is that they help other people with this disorder know they can work hard, stay in treatment and stay on meds and stay in school and realize quite a few accomplishments and eventually contribute to society and maybe even write their own story in a book. I have an account where all the royalties go into it to eventually help other people with schizophrenia fund projects or books.
As for me I have my dog Bokeh—who is a Golden Retriever for my Golden Birthday without cigarettes. We hang out together and she is a special confidant. I snap pictures and write and my real work is as an AOD therapist. Despite my disability I work with cognitive behavioral approaches to addiction. I’ve had decades of my own treatment and I believe that if you do any kind of work as a therapist you also need to do your own emotional work.
I worked on developing a playful, humorous website http://www.jeanmanthei.com
and encourage you to check that out. I just joined Colorado Author’s League and I look forward to meeting some of you. Heal well, heal responsibly, Jean Manthei, MA, LPC, CAS.