One of the foremost researchers on writing to heal is James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D., who wrote the book, Writing to Heal: A Guided Journey for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval , and also Opening Up: The Healing Power of Confiding in Others. In the latter book, he asks: What should your writing topic be?
"It is not necessary to write about the most traumatic experience of your life. It is more important to focus on the issues that you are currently living with. If you find yourself thinking or dreaming about an event or experience too much of the time, writing about it can help resolve it in your mind. By the same token, if there has been something you would like to tell others but you can't for fear of embarrassment or punishment, express it on paper.One of my favorite sites for exploring this topic is One Year of Writing and Healing. It's hosted by Diane Morrow, M.D., the doctor we probably all wish we could see. Her interest is in how the act of writing can benefit healing, and her site is chock full of activities, books recommendations, and research on writing and health. Enjoy!
"Whatever your topic, it is critical to explore both the objective experience (i.e. what happened) and your feelings about it. Really let go and write about your very deepest emotions. What do you feel about it and why do you feel that way?"
Also...You might be interesting in yesterday's post on Furious Seasons entitled, Bipolar Diagnosis Overdose Seen in Private Practice.