Therapist Makes Sense of Mental Illness

ThedaCare Behavioral Health Employee Writes Book, ‘Living with Crazy’

For John Pilon, behavioral health therapist at ThedaCare Behavioral Health’s day treatment program, becoming a published author in his field was a culmination and realization of a dream. Living With Crazy is Pilon’s fictionalized account of a family and their struggle to deal with a family member’s battle with mental illness over the course of the lifetime of the head of the family. The book is available through Amazon.

While a relative newcomer to the field of behavioral health, Pilon drew from his experiences, both personally and professionally, to fill in the details in the book. “I experienced family members who had mental health issues and sought treatment for these issues,” he said. “It was important for me to translate those experiences into a book that could help break the stereotypes about mental illness.”

Pilon wants people to understand that mental illness is no different than any other illness. He joined ThedaCare three years ago based on a recommendation from a former classmate to take over her position in day treatment. He often works with individuals who need a higher level of care such as bipolar, personality disorder and schizoaffective. “My time with ThedaCare allowed me to hone my skills with this mental health demographic,” said Pilon.

Pilon’s ability to put his patients at ease with snappy sound bites and quotes from his favorite movies is renowned. He said he hopes that one day mental health treatment will have the same standing in society as physical health treatment.

ThedaCare (www.thedacare.org) is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, ThedaCare At Work, ThedaCare At Home and The Heritage Community. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!