Sarah Fay

Sarah Fay

Sarah Fay is an author and activist. Her memoir Pathological: A True Story of Six Misdiagnoses (HarperCollins, March 15, 2022) is an investigation into the invalidity and unreliability of mental health diagnoses. Her writing appears in many publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time Magazine, The New Republic, Longreads, The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, The Millions, McSweeney’s, The Believer, and The Paris Review, where she served as an advisory editor. Her essays have been chosen as a Notable Mention in Best American Essays and nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She’s the recipient of the Hopwood Award for Literature, as well as grants and fellowships from Yaddo, the Mellon Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. She is currently on faculty in the English department at Northwestern University. She’s the founder of Pathological: The Movement, a public awareness campaign devoted to empowering people to make more informed decisions about their mental health. For more, visit
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