A Mental Journey

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Chipmunkapublishing ltd, Jun 1, 2011
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DescriptionThis is a story of four individuals battling anxiety, depression, agoraphobia and obssessive-compulsions. It covers their beginnings, how they came to where they are at the start of the story, and how they end up where they are at the end of the story, and the rocky road they travel inbetween, supporting and being there for each other as they come together to inform the wider public how it feels to suffer a mental illness and the stigmas that they carry. All the while they are fighting against their inner demons. This is a mixture of fact and fiction, though unsure of where one ends and another begins. It tries to cover the different elements of the characters troubles, and finishes on a positive note, still afflicted by mental illness, but all the better for the support of one another and teaching the general public on what it is like to live with a mental illness. About the AuthorPaul Smith was born and raised in South Yorkshire, now living in south-west Scotland, and he has suffered with cronic depression on and off for the past ten years, along with a mild form of ocd, and a couple of phobias for good measure. These have affected his life in many ways, from socialising and making friends, to struggling to do a job and even using a telephone.It has also affected his sleep to varing degrees and impeded his self esteem for many years. Paul feels this is a genetic affliction, as both his Mother and her Father, along with Paul's sister have suffered with depression. He has also had varied experiences and problems with medication, and three separate occasions of counselling sessions.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE MARK
3
CHAPTER TWO JULIE
11
COUNSELLING TIME
21
THE MENTAL GROUP
26
A TYPICAL PRESENTATION
32
THE GROUP NIGHT OUT
36
THE STRANGE WORLD OF INSANITY
41
MARK AND JULIES PROGRESS BY MS ANDERSON
47
CHAPTER ONE SEAN AND GILL
49
CHAPTER TWO GILL
54
CHAPTER THREE SEAN
75
CHAPTER FOUR COUNSELLING THE GROUP THE FUTURE
82
CHAPTER FIVE SEAN AND GILL BY MS ANDERSON
86
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