International Bestseller A heart-wrenching, yet hopeful, memoir of a young marriage that is redefined by mental illness and affirms the power of love. Mark and Giulia’s life together began as a storybook romance. They fell in love at eighteen, married at twenty-four, and were living their dream life in San Francisco. When Giulia was twenty-seven, she suffered a terrifying and unexpected psychotic break that landed her in the psych ward for nearly a month. One day she was vibrant and well-adjusted; the next she was delusional and suicidal, convinced that her loved ones were not safe. Eventually, Giulia fully recovered, and the couple had a son. But, soon after Jonas was born, Giulia had another breakdown, and then a third a few years after that. Pushed to the edge of the abyss, everything the couple had once taken for granted was upended. A story of the fragility of the mind, and the tenacity of the human spirit, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward is, above all, a love story that raises profound questions: How do we care for the people we love? What and who do we live for? Breathtaking in its candor, radiant with compassion, and written with dazzling lyricism, Lukach’s is an intensely personal odyssey through the harrowing years of his wife’s mental illness, anchored by an abiding devotion to family that will affirm readers’ faith in the power of love.
Mark and Giulia fell for each other in their teens, married in their 20's, and didn't realize what their love would demand of them until Giulia suffered a terrifying and unexpected psychotic break at the age of twenty-seven. Hospitalized for almost a month, she was tormented by delusions and paranoia. Upon release, she sunk into an extended suicidal depression during which Mark, struggling to support Giulia, was torn between the demands of keeping her safe and following doctor's orders, and honouring her independence and making her feel loved. Eventually, Giulia fully recovered, and the couple had a son. Soon after Jonas was born, Giulia had another breakdown, and then a third a few years after that. Pushed to the edge of the abyss, everything the couple had once taken for granted was upended. In My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward, Mark takes us through these harrowing years with compassion and candour, as he and Giulia renegotiate their relationship, anchored by an abiding devotion to each other and their family. A story of the fragility of the mind, and the tenacity of the human spirit, My Lovely Wife is, above all, a love story that raises profound questions: How do we best care for the people we love? What and who do we live for? Breath-taking in its honesty, radiant with compassion, written with dazzling lyricism, this intensely personal odyssey offers much-needed insight into the caregiving side of mental illness, and affirms the power of love.
In writing this book, the author’s goal is to help people that have endured their own sufferings of abuse at the hands of another and to help them unravel any damaging and lasting effects that these early traumas have had on their subsequent adult lives. Damaging effects from early childhood traumas are very complex. The author gives people practical and simple guidance toward healing with worldly strategies, as well as inspiration, insight, and creation of one’s spiritual reawakening. Love and the Infinite, My Memoirs by Bill Dunn Jr. invites readers to free one’s bonds and fears from the distant past abuse to a life of healing through the power of awareness and guided spiritual ideas and meditations to enlighten and awaken a new consciousness through a Higher Power.
This true story details the journey of a young American man throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood while detailing the impact history had on his life. It is also a testament to friends and family who helped put in place a healthy psychological foundation during critical years that changed the course of his development. He shares his insights and focuses on his children so that they will have an accurate family history that can be used as a guide for avoiding mistakes he made as a youth and even as an adult.
People often say I almost lost my mind, or I'm about to lose my mind. You make me feel crazy or insane. Yet few people have actually lost it...went crazy. What does an insane person think about? What do you contemplate as your mind recovers from being insane,what thoughts flow through it? These are the actual words that I wrote while insane. Welcome to the inside of my brain : )
Finding My Way Home: Conception through the Death of My Father
Author: David H. Rosen
Pubpsher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Lost in the Long White Cloud is both creation story and vision quest of a healer. Prolific author, David H. Rosen, was the child of creative parents. Free to explore, the sometimes unattended toddler turned into a smart "good boy" with a "bad boy's" energy for funny, sad and scary escapades. The future author of The Tao of Elvis so successfully impersonated Elvis in junior high, that his gyrations led to "girls, girls, girls" -- and even a marriage proposal from one enamored adolescent's parents! Rosen's story takes us all over the map. In Greece, David lays awake under the stars with lovely Lolly and decides to become a fisherman. He pays a Parisian prostitute just to listen to her story, which will empower the future Jungian psychiatrist to help a call girl transform herself into a therapist for sexually-abused children. In Denmark, Rosen discovers that the well-provided-for citizens were strangely prone to suicide. Later, Dr Rosen would coin the term "egocide" and publish the magnum opus, Transforming Depression. US propaganda drives David to experience Russia for himself. The ensuing trip is an international "Twist and Shout" dance party in the train aisles! Lost in the Long White Cloud is a memoir turned cinematic adventure story by the astonishingly honest, good-hearted and erudite David H. Rosen, MD.