What Mental Illnesses Mean to Patients

Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH

How does a patient feel about having a mental illness?

Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH, talks the move towards the positive psychological model and how having a mental illness is not an all-encompassing experience.

Dr Noonan is a physician consultant and Certified Peer Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the author of four books and a blog on managing depression, most recently Helping Others With Depression: Words to Say, Things to Do (December 2020). Dr Noonan offers peer counseling to fellow patients, including physicians and other professionals, and can be confidentially reached through her website at https://susannoonanmd.com.