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Marcela Del Sol is a former ghost writer soon to launch her first self-signed book "Kaleidoscope" about her experience living with PTSD and DID. It is a fictional book but based on real experience. She also works on an arts/social project in Chile with kids at risk. We have conducted an interview with her.

Which was the main art form that helps you through your personal experiences? How did you extend it further to recognise your strengths along the way?
Writing has always being my exorcising tool. It’s my way to extend my soul outwards; I even feel asphyxiated when I have all these ideas in my head and can’t put them down on paper (or keyboard). For me writing isn’t only about telling stories but to gain self-awareness about all those things that we tend to ignore or not to see: I am able to learn about myself by pouring it out, by being able to read who I am, perhaps not only by literally describing my weaknesses and strengths, etc. But also by gaining a vision about how emotions and experiences, imagination and creativity is delivered by me.

What is your first self-signed book about and when will it be released?
I have a lot of difficulty trying to put into a specific genre but it is a fictional story based on my own experience living with PTSD and DID. I started it as a way to appease the difficulty that is to co-exist with a mental disorder, because of this I live a rather lonely life and writing has always been my companion. The book comprises crime, sex, drugs, trauma, violence, etc. and is about a powerful woman who lives with Dissociate Identity Disorder.

“The sum of us” has been an arduous labour of love, courage and detachment from shame, which is a huge step on itself. We will be published between February and March 2016.

How did you help kids at risk, in the areas at risk in Chile? What are the effects of your encouragement for kids to communicate through art so far?
My social projects are continuous but they shape shift (which is funny coming from me). I wanted to support indie artists and the community so paired both things up and we will start introducing children at risk to art; give them different, less structured ways to communicate in an effort to ignite their talents and to aspire to do things that might be different to what they have always know. I believe breaking behavioural and social perpetuated behaviours is of paramount importance to building better communities.

When you present children with art, which is free flowing, you allow them to openly express themselves and this gives you greater engagement and also the opportunity to identify specific areas that might need special consideration; more tailored assistance. I don’t believe in a restraining environment where the child has to be quiet and repeat instruction as the best environment for them to learn or to thrive. Art is infinite and free, the perfect language to develop individual strengths.

Being with the experience living with PTSD, DID, what are your opinions about these 'labels'? What do you recommend are the first most important ways to help someone overcome stigmas?
We live in a world that glorifies the categorisation of individuals, circumstances, etc. and at the same time we claim to aim for equality. This seems rather contradictory to me; the need to label everyone and to classify them according generalisation in a world that is full of individuals.

I refuse to be a piece of clothing or a jar of jam, when I am one then people can put a label on me! I have a diagnose, I have treatment and I am highly intelligent. People would not know I have a mental disorder unless I disclosed it to them or spent all their time with me. This is why I decided to come out in the open: It is not only my fight but I would like to think I can be the voice to so many who suffer because of stigma. Eradicating stigma is one of the most important factors to achieve healthier communities: how else are people going to even consider accessing health services if they feel ashamed to admit to others that they need support? How are we going to live in more productive and healthier communities when shaming only blocks access to inclusion? People always read “mental illness/disorders” as “psycho killers”, that is so wrong and ignorant. I have met the most sensitive, creative and intelligent people through mental health services…and I am not referring to the staff but the patients!

Which kind of environment is best for talent development?
One with resources: You can’t create if you are hungry and sick all the time. Education at all levels is important, educating on the need to encourage and assist creativity and especially supporting local talents within one’s communities: Go see a local band, people spend hundreds of dollars to see international acts but miserably justify the fact that a band or a book, etc. costs ten bucks. We need to understand that regaining a sense of community is relevant for an overall global growth.

And you know? Art is the only bridge between humanity and eternity. Nothing else remains after death; art is not just a product that can very effectively stimulate financial growth but also a beautiful way to transgress generations. So go and buy my book - Your grandkids will thank you!

Thank you for your time!

Kaleidoscope Reviewed by JaamZIN on 9:49:00 PM Rating: 5
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