I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I am in my last semester of college. At my school, students in certain degree programs are required to complete an undergraduate thesis in order to graduate. You are encouraged to choose a topic that relates to your projected career path, conduct research, and write a five chapter thesis on that topic. I had thought about a few different topics I would possibly write about: the lack of adequate mental health care for the elderly population, the complexities of PTSD, or the legitimacy of Dissociative Identity Disorder.
In addition to those topics, I also considered writing about mother-daughter sexual abuse. This topic had a lot of pros and cons. It was a topic I had experience with, so there was the benefit of familiarity. I already knew where to look to find information and research. I had direct access to reputable sources. On the negative side, this was a topic I had experience with. Would I be able to handle it emotionally? Would I be able to separate my own experiences from the facts and approach the project without bias? Would I be able to find enough information on a topic that is still very much kept quiet about?
Ultimately, I ended up choosing MDSA as my topic. I started my thesis the second week of June. Six weeks later and more than half done with my thesis, I am hitting a mental roadblock. I need a break. I’ve been able to write three chapters with much success. But now, I think I am mentally exhausted. I am working on my own recovery of MDSA and then researching and writing about MDSA; my days consist of MDSA and not much else. I don’t have much time to think about or focus on anything else. It has taken a toll on me. It’s too late to change my topic now, as I have less than one month before the thesis has to be handed in. I just have to figure out a way to get over it.
I’m sure a lot of you would ask me why I even chose this topic, considering everything that’s happened. I felt like I needed to write it for personal reasons and for a larger purpose. I feel like in learning about the topic, I can learn more about myself, and help myself in some way. I also want others to learn that MDSA does happen. In the last 27 years, only 10 books have been written exclusively about MDSA, and most were written within the last 10 years. I’ve read a few of them, and while I can say they were great books, they are also lacking in a lot of areas. How can we increase awareness of the topic if people are refusing to even write about it? I want to write about it. I need to write about it.
I’ve always been told I had a gift for writing. I never thought I was all that great, but whatever. I’ve also been told by several people that I should write a book about my experiences someday. I don’t know if that will ever happen. I can barely get myself through this thesis. But maybe that is because I am still working on myself. I want to get to a point where I can help others, through counseling and through my writing. I guess this blog is a start.