This blog will explore the history of mental illness around the world. We will explore the subject through time and space, looking at the way the mentally ill have been treated socially, legally, and medically.
I am uniquely situated to write such a blog. First, my credentials. I have a Masters Degree in history from Georgia Southern University. I have also completed work towards a phd, which I left unfinished, at University of California Riverside. My major field was post-colonial Latin America, but I also completed significant coursework on the USSR and World War II.
I have travelled the world. I have visited 20 different countries around the world, ranging from the desperately poor to the industrializing nations to my home in The United States. Amongst my travels I have done volunteer work in several foreign countries. I have lived in 3 countries for more than a month each, getting to know the cultures, not just the tourist destinations.
I am also mentally ill myself.
I have schizoaffective disorder, which is what it is called when one person meets all of the diagnostic criteria for both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. This led to me leaving my phd program, and also the workforce. The onset of bipolar disorder, which came about at a younger age than the schizophrenic symptoms, led to me being dismissed from the army on a medical discharge.
I’m very excited to start this project, which I hope will prove informative and useful to many.