How important is it to understand a mental illness before you write about it? Is there an inherent responsibility placed upon the author? As a writer who has dealt with mental illness for the past ten years, I naturally insert my illness into my stories. However, I never considered the ramifications it would have on my readers in terms of how they might treat fellow sufferers.
My writing has always been me getting into my head and pushing away the cobwebs of my illness. After reading the following article, my eyes were opened to the responsibility we as authors have to society at large or at least that one reader we’re lucky enough to attract. I hope you read the below article and take it to heart and hopefully it will add depth to your next character creation.