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What Doesn’t Kill Us: My Battle with Anxiety

What Doesn’t Kill Us: My Battle with Anxiety

What Doesn't Kill Us: My Battle with Anxiety

When I was 38, my charmed life began to unravel. By 41, I had developed Generalized Anxiety Disorder. At 44, I was hospitalized for seven weeks following a catastrophic suicide attempt. This non-fiction book begins on the Saturday morning I received the call that ever after divided time for me: the news of my mother’s accidental death. It describes the additional hardships – infertility, layoffs, a cross-country move, divorce – that led to the day I took a razor blade to my throat. It follow

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  1. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A View From Inside, August 31, 2011
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    RioBrio

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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). One is left wanting more, or perhaps a list of definite resources for further exploration. Yet, this is not a medical text or informative pamphlet, but the story of a life. And that is of course its strength – not a dry list of information, but a wrenching story of despair, suicide, and ultimate recovery. It’s quite the journey.

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  2. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Stunningly Insightful Account of coming back into the light after a horrible suicide attempt., August 31, 2011
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    Karen A Gross (Jefferson, North Carolina United States) –

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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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  3. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    AND IT DIDNT KILL YOU L.A.!!!, December 12, 2011
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    This review is from: What Doesn’t Kill Us: My Battle with Anxiety (Paperback)

    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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