If you have a neurological or psychiatric disorder, why not help researchers see what goes wrong at the source of the disease? Arrange to donate your brain after your death as a way to advance medical research. This year, I signed up to donate my own noggin to the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, which accepts brain donations from healthy controls and from people with conditions such as:
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Darla copyedits biomedical research while living with an invisible chronic illness.