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An Inconvenient Posting - An Expat Wife's Memoir of Lost Identity Paperback – September 30, 2012
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"Written with eloquence and raw honesty, Laura Stephen's insightful journey provides a rich resource for expatriates and others struggling with the challenges of a major life transition." Tina Quick, author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition. "Touch, taste, and feel the incredible paradoxes inherent in an expatriate lifestyle." Ruth E. Van Reken, author of Letters Never Sent. "A treasure trove of understanding and resources." Anne P. Copeland PhD, author of Global Baby. "Stephens graciously takes us along on her downward spiral into depression, then details what helped as she makes her triumphant journey back." Linda A. Janssen, author of The Emotionally Resilient Expat.
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Top Customer Reviews
For Laura and her family, a move to Houston appeared as a great adventure, an American dream. With a previous posting, followed by a stint in her home country where she trained as a psychotherapist, she believed that another move would be straightforward. She couldn't have been more wrong. She did not expect such differences between the UK and USA, she struggled with a loss of identity and confusion with her past life. She slowly sinked into depression and wanted to discover the causes of it to find a way back to herself.
This book, written with honesty, hope and humour, is for anyone lost in depression, struggling with loss - of identity, home or family and friends, and also for anyone facing a move, a posting, giving good advice for any expat.
The book contains a second-part of a comprehensive self-help section with tips on building emotional resilience while on the move, recognising depression and the `Do's and Don'ts' of a depressive episode - written by the therapist who has been there. There is also an interesting section on recommended resources.