11 posts from month 07/2017

Exploring Mental Illness In Soldiers and Their Challenges at Home: Jerry

Having gone through a whole month of intensive group therapy, joined by many men and women in uniform and listening to their stories and their challenges first hand, I felt the need to touch on this subject in my book, creating the character of Jerry, which exemplifies, in many ways, these men and women that have sacrificed so much and that go through so much. Here is a full chapter of my novel, The Flawed Ones, that allow us to know a little more about Jerry. I hope you enjoy. ...

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How Successfully Deal With Depression and Enjoy a Happier Life

Such a big part of my life was spent battling depression, and in a way it made me and shaped me into the person I am today. The Flawed Ones would have never became reality if I wasnt forced to battle my demons and truly understand what I needed to do to get better. Here are a few basic, but important tips in dealing with depression in a way that will help you defeat it, not only now, but in the future as well.

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Is This What Depression Feels Like To You?

One of the things that I explore in the novel is the feeling of helplessness and lack of purpose that depression brings. I wanted to paint a portrait of what many people simply don't understand, and others excuse as a beg for attention. Depression is not of those things, depression is real and completely misunderstood sometimes. Here is an excerpt from The Flawed Ones. Read it and please let me know, is this this what depression feels like to you?

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The Truth About Your Reality

I believe there is a huge problem in today's society with the way we give ourselves value and the way we think of ourselves. This, in my opinion, can lead to depressive issues, suicidal thoughts, and other emotional problems, especially in children. Are we doing something wrong. Check out the video below and tell me if you agree or not.

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The Flawed Ones: Exploring The World Of Mental Illness

I talk a little more in depth about The Flawed Ones, and the journey of creating a story that would shed light on mental illness like never before. There is a lot that goes on in this book that I can strongly relate with, and that I hope many of you will as well. At the same time, it always tries to educate the novice reader on mental health, depression, addiction, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and the struggles that these illnesses put some people through.

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This Is What My Xanax Addiction Looked Like

In an attempt at keeping my anxiety under control, I ended up with one of the worst dependencies I have ever experienced, even after being an alcoholic for ten years. Xanax brought me to my knees and kept me there for years, it destroyed me physically and emotionally, it took everything I had and left me a shell of a man. I have been fortunate to come out of the other side alive, but it still still important to care of those that are battling benzodiazepine dependence every single day. Some of ...

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Her Treason (Chapter 4 Excerpt)

I saw her face, smiling with that smile that made my knees weak and my heart tremble with a rush of emotion. She connected with my eyes and got lost in hopes and dreams, in plans of a future with good food, far travels, of kisses under the rain and cuddles on those cold nights, where the air smells of wood fire and the breeze turns your cheeks red. In me she saw her every day; getting home from work to a cup of coffee and destressing conversation, walks under autumn leaves and sunsets in the ...

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Therapy Session

This is an excerpt from one of my favorite chapters in the book, one that brings a culmination that brought me to tears when I wrote it. Tara, after having shared a very dark and painful past, gets empathy from her peers. Enjoy!

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Character Introduction: Callie

I am very proud to introduce you to Callie, one of the main characters in the novel.  Don't forget to click here to get notice of global release date! We stood once again by the window, getting acquainted with the mid-morning version of the view. The sky was a shade of blue that refused to give the spotlight to the few clouds that freely roamed the stratosphere. The sun was at its warmest, and just putting a hand on the glass would momentarily sooth the penetrating shivers that gave us the ...

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