Visible Illnesses Only

JAN. 26, 2016

By Daniel Brazell

Daniel Brazell, an Austinite, has pursued creative endeavors all his life across various mediums, from writing music, screenplays, and short stories to editing creative writing, producing and editing podcasts, and drawing webcomics. Visible Illnesses Only, his first published minicomic, tells the autobiographical story of his personal introduction to mental illness.


FEB, 09, 2016 11:30:52 PM
Thank you for sharing, I also have experienced this first hand. My brother who is 48 and was diagnosed at 25 suffers from bipolar with schizoaffective disorder. He had a severe episode and I recently had to get legal guardianship and conservator because he ended up homeless and had been physically assaulted. There was one police officer who really cared and helped me to take the first step to get him help. We need more resources and short term 1-3 month care facilities for when they leave the hospital so they can get the proper med's and care for success.

FEB, 07, 2016 09:03:31 PM
Estela Marquez
Thanks for this heart touching depiction of the difficult process our loves ones with mental illness go through. My son is experiencing his first manic episode right now. Reading your work fills me with lots of hope. thanks for sharing.

FEB, 07, 2016 10:46:18 AM
Brilliant method of explaining serious mental illness from the perspective of a family member.

JAN, 28, 2016 01:24:21 PM
Catherine Lizotte
This is an awesome representation of how families act and are treated when a loved one becomes mentally ill. I really appreciate you taking the time to create this. I have a sibling with schizophrenia and our family was beside ourselves when the break happened and we did not recognize our loved one anymore. Thankfully we found NAMI and the F2F has been hard but our family is just returning to whole again. Thank you for this, it gives me hope that someday more people will understand instead of judge!

JAN, 28, 2016 01:22:46 PM
Noreen Bednar
I am 84 and have two sons who are mentally ill. One is at Atascadero State Hospital, I will drive 200 miles on Friday to see him. The other is coming out of a sober living home, was mauled by a dog, and came home, after an ambulance ride, to the hospital,and then to my house. He is doing well. I have him back on his meds, ( I keep them in my upstairs bedroom, and give them to him in the morning), he is eating well, sleeping well, doing things around the house, is not drinking, so we are on our way with him again. I have seven children, both my husband and I thought he was our smartest child. He is brilliant, and I love him, and God willing, I can get him going once more.

JAN, 28, 2016 12:04:04 PM
Thank you for applying your love, bravery, and artistic abilities in such a meaningful way. Very moving and engaging. Non-threatening!!
My best to you and the family.

JAN, 28, 2016 09:00:42 AM
Love this story !
Thank You

JAN, 28, 2016 08:59:25 AM
Linda Shaughnessy
This is awesome, Daniel. Honest, to the point, loving. I hope this gets out there to schools, conferences about mental health and suicide, clinics, organizations. Thanks for doing this.

JAN, 28, 2016 01:44:41 AM
Thank you for writing this! My son has several mental health diagnoses but I prefer to talk about his abilities not his dis-abilities! Hopefully we can break the stigma! May is Mental Health awareness month. We live in the Boston Area so he got two major landmarks lit green to help break the stigma!

JAN, 27, 2016 10:44:42 PM
Lynn P
Thank you so much for that heart warming experience. So many struggle with MI and the stigma that goes with it. Your loving concern to educate others is very much appreciated.

JAN, 27, 2016 10:29:45 PM
Linda Burdick
I love it. It's so true, from beginning to end. And another thought for a sequel: the people who beat mental illness are so much stronger for the effort. It takes strength and courage to rise above society's erroneous perceptions and be well.

JAN, 27, 2016 09:16:27 PM
James Tilley
Excellent way to focus how you feel,I was writing a journal every night and was helping I did not focus on problems as much was doing good !! Thanks reminding me that you have too stay active into something to fight this..!!! God bless you , keep doing what makes you not get into self, and that bad negative thoughts .

JAN, 27, 2016 08:44:35 PM
This is all so familiar. The problem is my son was put in a terrible place when he had his very first episode at age 19 and now does not trust me. The system is set up for failure because they say a parent has no right to get any information on a child who is an adult . This made it impossible for me to work with doctors and he is now lost somewhere. Im so angry with the system. He was a brilliant boy with so much potential. Now age 25, I don't know where he is, but I know he needs help. Its nice that you had a happy ending.

JAN, 27, 2016 07:14:02 PM
Thank you. You don't know what it's like until you've lived it ... and there are so many variations to what each person and family endures and wonders about and worries about - always.

But just because there are so many variations doesn't mean there isn't room for more understanding, more weapons, and more help.

JAN, 27, 2016 09:57:34 AM
How poignant to be able to tell such a personal story! We talk all the time about the details of other illnesses. So, why not the invisible illnesses? No family is untouched.

JAN, 26, 2016 04:57:26 PM
Great depiction of how mental illness is viewed and how hard it is for everyone! I have a son with bi-polar and PTSD.

JAN, 26, 2016 02:13:39 PM
Maria Chanley
Excellent post. Thank you for including the fact that your brother's initial psychotic break included the delusion of a satanic cult run by your grandfather. I don't think people realize just how common that particular delusion is. My spouse had the same one for her 1st psychotic break and it persisted for 11 years until effective anti-psychotic treatments were finally administered.

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