Patricia D. Wheeler currently resides in Pensacola, FL where she attends graduate school at the University of West Florida. She is majoring in Exceptional Student Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Her future goals include becoming a behavior analyst and psychologist to work with children and adults with mental illness.
She writes poems and proses about mental illness, childhood trauma, relationships and finding herself as a young woman during the 21st century. She plans to publish a book of poetry with the theme centered around empathy in 2018. She also is currently working on a project called, “The Empathy Project.” It’s purpose is to show pictures of what mental illness, childhood trauma and racism looks like to those around us. It will be featured in her book.
Due to herself being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and bipolar 2 disorder, she has stated, “There is not enough empathy regarding mental illness and I have chosen to advocate for all who suffer due to the stigma surrounding it. I hope to educate people more on it since as a society we believe this shouldn’t be discussed, when it absolutely should be. We all should have more empathy”.
Prose: Look in the Mirror
“I will never again apologize for my disorder. I’ll be damned if I ever again surround myself around people who prefer to put the blame on me rather than their own misinformed judgement.”