THE NEW YORK TIMES -- Gila Lyons writes about mental health and social justice, and is at work on a memoir about seeking a cure for panic disorder. She teaches writing at San Francisco State University and The Writing Salon. She wrote this opinion piece for The New York Times.
“In no way do I think navigating a mental disorder is harder than a physical disability. It’s not,” Lyons writes. “But physical disabilities are understood and written into law and accommodated, while mental illnesses are stigmatized, nebulous to measure and accommodate, and often seen as a fault in the person, rather than an uncontrollable physical reality.”