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MY self: An autobiography of survival Paperback – April 12, 2017
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About the Author
Kelley Kitley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice and owner of SERENDIPITOUS PSYCHOTHERAPY, LLC in downtown Chicago. She has been a featured Expert Contributor in over 100 publications including The Wall Street Journal, Shape, SELF, Huffington Post, Women’s Health Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Parent Magazine. Kelley is recognized as an International Women’s Mental Health Expert specializing in postpartum issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationships.
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There were many aspects that I related to as a woman. The teenage struggles of having a million crushes, eating disorders, and dysfunctional parents were very real to me. Even as a grown adult reading this, it made me feel better to know I wasn't alone in those experiences. That said, I think an important audience for this book would be teenage girls who are at risk for all the emotional disturbance Kelley describes.
I've noticed that women, especially mothers, are becoming more reliant on alcohol as an outlet. Jokes and complacency with alcohol abuse are all over social media regarding woman using alcohol to cope with daily struggles. Drinking a bottle of wine has become a social norm, it seems. I struggle with this unhealthy means of coping myself and appreciate Kelley's insight and strength into her own addiction. It takes a very woke person to see how detrimental a legal and socially accepted substance can be on the path to wellness.
Finally, I appreciated her insight into the stigma of mental illness, especially regarding pregnancy and post partum depression. I'm currently in my third pregnancy, dealing with several stressors like aging parents, living on one income while paying for expensive-as-hell healthcare and also grad school. I wish I would have read the book sooner in my pregnancy in regards to staying on meds to help me cope with anxiety and depression. Instead I worried about being judged and went cold turkey off medication. This book has taught me that not only is it ok to get help with medication (and therapy), but also that I'm not alone with my struggles.
I have a feeling we'll be hearing more and more from Kelley as she continues to be an expert in her field. She is truly an inspiration and I will surely be referring to this book for personal and professional use. It's a keeper for my library and will be shared, for sure.
That is My Self. Kelley gives such a honest and real approach to life, no apologies and no regrets. She address life and big issues head on and allows you to revisit them with with you. Kelley is raw and real and makes you feel like you can manage these life tribulations without feeling like a bad parson. My Self is a book that one of the best books I have ever read.