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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466334401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466334403
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,109,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

L.A. Nicholson was born in Georgia and raised in North Carolina, where she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in biology. She has written numerous articles for gardening and general interest magazines as well as horticultural journals. Her professional experience ranges from plant tissue culture to public relations. After recovering from a bout with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Nicholson wrote her story to reach out to other sufferers. She is also a public speaker and mental health advocate. Nicholson lives in North Carolina with her son and many pets. This is her first book.

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L.A. Nicholson was born in Georgia and raised in North Carolina, where she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in biology. She has written numerous articles for gardening and general interest magazines as well as horticultural journals. Her professional experience ranges from plant tissue culture to public relations.
After recovering from a bout with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Nicholson wrote her story to reach out to other sufferers. She is also a certified presenter for the "In Our Own Voice" program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Nicholson lives in western North Carolina with her son and many pets. This is her first book.

Customer Reviews

You are an amazing woman and I salute your hope!
my voice
Compelled to read her courageous battle with anxiety, I sat down to read the book and finished it in one day.
d2jb
She expresses her struggles very candidly, while balancing the mood with well-placed, witty humor.
Lindsey

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RioBrio on August 31, 2011
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Poignant, compelling, raw, direct, humorous, and certainly at times painful, this book presents a portrait of the monumental struggle of a life lived with mental illness, and the ultimate redemption of joy over suffering. If you aren't prepared to question what you thought you knew about mental illness, don't open the book. The author invites you on her journey, confides in you, slowly draws you in; before you realize the wall has fallen, you are inside the mental illness, and can no longer keep your comfortable, polite distance from it. It is this view from the inside that becomes the defining strength of the book. Indeed, through the reading, I've been forced to revisit my own painful childhood with a bi-polar mother, and to see that past for the first time through the eyes of my mother herself. Yet, if you have yourself struggled with mental illness, or are currently battling it, no doubt the book contains an even greater wealth for you. Mental illness must be the loneliest of diseases. It may become for you less lonely after reading this book. Additionally, I believe this would be a valuable read for those working in the mental healthcare industry. Awareness of the experience from the "other side" could only improve the care and services you provide.

I hesitated to purchase the book at first due to the low price and recent release, but I'm glad I did. I can only imagine that the author would like to make the book as widely available as possible, and set the price accordingly. If the book has a weakness, it may be the limited space given to raising awareness of the medical nature of mental illness (for instance, the way mental illnesses respond positively to medication, as do most other types of illness and disease).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen A Gross on August 31, 2011
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L.A. knew joy and had the good life, nice marriage with an adopted child, lovely home, opportunities to travel, a happening career, a supportive family. Then anxiety and mental illness hit her hard, she tried to cope by rearranging her life, but this did not stop her pounding migraines and foreboding bouts with a persistent brain disorder. Some key figures in her life become disillusioned and fall out. Her book shows us an account of how a desperate women, after the most horrendous suicide attempt ever followed by an extended stay and commitment in some wacky mental health care facilities, gets her life back. It's an amazing account of the subtleties involved in stigmatization of the mentally ill and her courageous effort to recover the trust of her family and restart her career. L.A. tells is a unique story with some valuable lessons we can all learn from woven into the story of this page turner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By my voice on December 12, 2011
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I walked through your illness with you each step of the way, it seems. I too have a mental illness and survived my suicide attempt and I want to say thank you for sharing your experience, strength and hope. I learned everything I could about my illness and started the greatest journey of my life with mental balance and happiness too. I hope everyone with an illness or a caregiver can read this book. You are an amazing woman and I salute your hope! And your humor!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Cleveland on January 1, 2013
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I had the pleasure of meeting Ms Nicholson at a restaurant in Beech Mountain, NC. We started talking and the next thing I knew I was flipping through the pages of her moving, heart wrenching story. From acute anxiety and harrowing depression to a (difficult to read) suicide attempt to eventual healing and inner peace, her journey is one that many can relate to, yet, few recover from. Her tenacity and spirit (and dash of raw humor) made the book a real page turner as you rooted her on through her most desperate moments. Most importantly, this boook is essential for understanding our darkest demons and finding the power to tame them. A must read for suicide prevention, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, or anyone who has felt that there is no hope. LA Nicholson is living proof that you can survive depression and anxiety.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By d2jb on August 8, 2012
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By chance, I met the author and heard the story firsthand. Compelled to read her courageous battle with anxiety, I sat down to read the book and finished it in one day. Having gone through what she had, her writing reflects an honest, intelligent, and remarkably funny woman. Never does she ask for pity or hide her despondency, instead, she relies upon her candor and quick wit to lead the reader into her beautifully woven tale of suffering. It sounds much like an oxymoron, but as I read, I was astounded at how well the book was written while detailing a horrific act of self-destruction. Her pain and suffering were palpable; the reader is inside her heart and mind at a moment of great despair. You may want to look away from the page, but LA handles the "scene" deftly and without being overly dramatic. It is pure, raw emotion translated into sensible words. Which really describes the entire book. LA's tenacity and climb out of the darkness is admirable. Her insight and understanding into a topic that many wish to sweep under the rug is bold and daring. You can't help but feel as though you've taken this journey with her. It is such an important story, one that must be shared with the millions of people worldwide afflicted with anxiety and/or depression. I am in awe of LA's ability to translate this experience into an opportunity to save others from this broken path. Finally, I'm honored to have met her and witness firsthand the full, happy life she is living today. What a message to send to the world. She can and is making a difference.
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