“Abnormal.” “Dysfunctional.” “Crazy.”  These words, when used against others, imply a lack of something in character, brokenness, weakness, and an incorrect state of being.

According to the WHO, 1 in 4 Americans are currently affected by mental health disorders.*  Despite their epidemic nature, these disorders are highly stigmatized, deeply impacting the day-to-day lives of those affected, whether or not they have received diagnosis or therapy.  Without proper treatment, many people with these disorders find themselves homeless or incarcerated.

Amygdala originated in a creative writing course at the University of Illinois in Springfield in 2015. What began as a project for the class has evolved into a journal that each staff member is dedicated to publishing for the foreseeable future.

Amygdala’s goal is to build a sense of community by creating a platform for people to bring mental health issues into dialogue. We seek to achieve this through original works including: creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and art. We are looking for work that elucidates the wide range of issues and emotions mental health disorders evoke. These disorders include, but are not limited to, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar, ADHD, autism, personality disorders, and learning and intellectual disabilities.  It is our hope that Amygdala will help de-stigmatize society’s view on mental health and create deeper recognition of the importance of mental health services.

Meet the staff.


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