Relationships are hard; life is hard. When someone battles mental illnesses, it can be harder still. Do you know someone who is struggling with mental illness and want to help support them?
To understand a mental illness, you have to get into the mind of someone who’s fighting it. This book does just that. It’s raw, honest, yet hopeful, and 100% true. It will show you what is going on in their head sometimes, and why—even when you try to be supportive—they don’t always accept it.
Are you yourself warring with a mental illness?
Julie Ann’s powerful autobiography can help you live a more successful life, even while battling things like Bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She’ll help you overcome the derogatory lies that your brain tells you and accept the loving truths from those who care. Learn to love yourself again. Know you’re not alone.
Targeted Age Group:: 12-70
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Ever since I realized I had a mental illness, and way before I actually got diagnosed, I've wanted to tell my story. It was harder than expected, but also better than expected. I hope to help others know they aren't alone and that if I can push past my illness and see the light, then they can too.
Why would you continue to feel when all you can feel is pain? How do you keep from turning it off? When the ability to turn off your emotions is so easy—like flipping a switch—why would you leave them on?
This story is for the friends and family members of those fighting mental illnesses and those fighting their own battle. Many don’t understand what their loved ones are going through. They don’t understand how real mental illnesses are, how deeply they can hurt the person struggling, and the toll it can take on family. They may not “get” that a mental illness, unfortunately, isn’t something you can just fix and that suggestions like “do more service,” “think outside yourself,” “push yourself to be better,” or worst of all “just smile more,” while good ideas, don’t help as intended, but can instead end up worsening the issue. A mental illness is exactly as it says, an illness that is in the brain, and cannot be fixed by simply “sucking it up” or merely deciding to change.
Mental illnesses are complicated problems with frustratingly complicated solutions. While the most common treatment includes therapy and medication, every person is unique. Sometimes therapy is all that’s needed, or a medication may be the best solution. Whatever is required, a mental illness isn’t something that simply goes away. Sorrow can leave. Moods can change. You can improve your focus. However, when these are signs of a larger complication, the root issue must be addressed, not merely the symptoms.
In order to be allies with those fighting mental illnesses, we need to help rid the world of the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. Conversations about mental illness must be as commonplace as conversations about diabetes or cancer.
In this book, I will share my experiences and take you through my journey to mental wellness. It took me years to get to a point where I can say that I have a mental illness. My worldview had to change drastically. It had to reform completely.
As someone who has suffered, I am an advocate for mental health reform in many ways, but mostly in the ways we talk about mental health. We, as a society, need to understand that depression is more than just sadness, bipolar disorder is more than just changing your mind a lot, and Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) isn’t just having trouble sitting still. These mental illnesses need to lose their stigma. Correct information is out there and easily available, but misinformation can lead friends and family members, though well-meaning, to add to the problem. And there is far too much misinformation out there. If my struggle can help others understand what they’re going through and seek the help they need, then it will be worth it.
I want the world to know what has happened in my life. I will not exaggerate my feelings, but I will not tone them down either. I want you to understand. Because maybe, if you can come to understand, you could help someone instead of accidentally making it worse. I don’t want anyone struggling with mental health to feel like I did, a failure.
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