One of the must-read books on mental health in 2022 written by a mentally ill man who explores his life through art, poetry and music

May 04 23:13 2022

In conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month, Dan Joyce has updated parts of his work titled ‘Have You Taken Your Meds?’. Joyce, a versatile artist and author, continues to redefine the genre of autobiography with this multipart series. When conceptualizing this three part art project, it was initially a thought experiment to try and solve his own problem through writing and journaling. After some time and writing, it has become a graphic novel accompanied by a video documentary series, a multimedia ebook, and a screenplay. In spite of this, Joyce still recommends a good therapist as a professional can guide and coach along the way.

Have You Taken Your Meds? is more than just a graphic novel duology based on the author’s own struggles with mental illness. It’s also a provocative roadmap to navigating the complexities of family and the ongoing fight to thrive beyond the bounds of self-doubt. The story is infused with the author’s wry and rowdy sense of humor to soften the harsher moments that bring the realities of mental illness into sharp focus. Joyce combined prose, poetry, and song with artistic illustrations to create this masterpiece.

Joyce hopes that his art will remind readers that mentally ill people are still intelligent, productive, and wholly human. As Joyce says, “It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, you may even need medicine.”

Have You Taken Your Meds? is available for purchase on www.danjoyceart.com, Amazon.com, or wherever books are sold. Interested readers can purchase the multimedia ebook which contains music videos for a more immersive reading experience. For merchandise and additional art, visit www.haveyoutakenyourmeds.com. The video documentary series can be viewed at haveyoutakenyourmedsmeme.com.

Dan Joyce began his art career at a boarding home in Pasadena in 1996. After obtaining a degree in fine arts, he traveled extensively, with paintings appearing in galleries all over Southern California. He has published fourteen illustrated journals, including the popular Bus Stop Talk. Joyce cites Jackson Pollack, Miles Davis, and James Joyce as creative influences. He is a strong advocate for mental health and a believer in both medications and therapy.

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