Writers experiencing mental health problems often feel that they are unable to share their situation with editors, writes April Reese. Freelance writers in particular may worry that requests for deadline extensions or other accommodations may not be taken seriously or could lead to loss of future assignments. That’s why it is important for editors to receive training about recognizing mental illness, so that they can step in early when warning signs appear. For both writers and editors, acknowledging the problem earlier allows for more flexibility, which can avoid missed deadlines. It’s also important for editors to allow for long-term adjustments that might wax and wane as a writer’s health fluctuates.
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