(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Sunday was reporter-anchor Mark Joyella’s final day at WFTV-Channel 9.
He is now opening up about his life, writing: “I’ve kept it to myself for years, but now I believe the only way to fight the stigma of mental illness is to talk about my own.”
Writing in “Journalism, Deliberated,” Joyella offers specifics: “Officially, my diagnosis is obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. It’s a hell of an illness that, for me, has nothing to do with compulsively washing my hands, avoiding cracks on the sidewalk or reciting numbers. Nope, all I’ve got is a brain that offers up thoughts that are annoying, disgusting, or frightening.”
Via his blog, Joyella last month cited personal reasons for quitting his WFTV job and wanting to return to New York. He had worked as a weekend morning anchor, and he was a great general assignment reporter.