Sarah is an author and activist. Her memoir Pathological: A True Story of Six Misdiagnoses is partly her story of being diagnosed with six different mental illnesses and partly a journalistic exposé of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders most commonly known as the DSM aka psychiatry’s “bible.”
Her writing appears in many publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time Magazine, The New Republic, and The Paris Review, where she served as an advisory editor.
She is currently on faculty in the English departments at DePaul University and Northwestern University. She’s the founder of Pathological: The Movement, a public awareness campaign devoted to making people aware of the unreliability and invalidity of DSM diagnoses and the dangers of identifying with an unproven mental illness.
WE TALK ABOUT…
- Sarah’s mental health journey and her history of identifying with her diagnoses
- Why she chooses not to know her current diagnosis
- The events that led to Sarah living with anorexia
- What withdrawal from SSRIs looked like for Sarah
- Why Sarah chose not to apply for disability
- How little reliability there is in a diagnosis
- Why primary care physicians shouldn’t diagnose people
- The importance of questioning your diagnosis
- What Sarah’s ideal conversation between patient and provider would look like
MORE FROM SARAH FAY…
Visit Sarah's website
Buy her book, Pathological: The Story of Six Misdiagnoses
Check out Pathological: The Movement
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