Thank you for suggesting this. That is very kind of you. I haven’t been focused as much on my mental health writing as I have my social justice writing for quite a few years, and I value them both. It would be neat to talk about doing the interviews. There isn’t really a place where doing the interviews is actually discussed.
When you ask of all my work, which is the best to read, it is really my dissertation, which I have only published a few studies from. The reason is because it was NIMH-funded, had 300 people, involved two universities, a comparison group, and I did all the interviews myself (plus I did a one year follow-up). It was also not diagnosis specific, so I got to see how different diagnoses compared to each other. One accessible article is with my mentor, Carol Mowbray, and it is called, “Campus recommendations for mental health,” where we try to give college and universities ideas for how to serve students who have serious mental health problems that rise above just “feeling stressed out.”
In the PTSD area, hmm, I would have to say, the studies we did are probably starting to be outdated even ten years out. A lot of new research has come out of the wars, unfortunately, and that occurred after I was no longer in academia. The article I really want you to read is one available to college students, professors, and other people affiliated with university libraries that have access to journals. It is by one of the most recognized leaders in the field, Bessel Van Der Kolk. If you research trauma, his name will pop up everywhere. If you know a person at a university, this is the article to get:
Interview: What is PTSD Really? Surprises, Twists of History, and the Politics of Diagnosis and…
van der Kolk, B. and Najavits, L. M. (2013), Interview: What is PTSD Really? Surprises, Twists of History, and the…
I would get it for you, but I am no longer at a university, and my only access to journals is through the University of Michigan Alumni Association, which has a limited collection.