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This chilling, shocking, interesting, and intriguing true story takes you deep into the mind of the author who suffers from several severe mental illnesses.

The author describes in detail all the insanity, disturbing behaviors, oppressive symptoms, and various feeling associated with the mental battles within her own mind. The author suffers from clinical depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and borderline personality disorder. She struggles with suicidal thoughts and attempts, self-mutilating behaviors, mania, paranoia, anxiety, and psychosis with intense hallucinations of all five of her senses, and multiple delusions, including the belief that she is the "second-coming of Christ".

Take this journey with the author as her life takes rapid turns for the very worst.... But after years of being extremely mentally unstable, she acquires the courage, strength, hope, and faith she needs to understand, accept, and live with her illnesses. Only then is she able to turn her once miserable and fearful life around. This book offers hope and inspiration to others as it proves that recovery from mental illness is possible. "Having a mental illness is like a roller coaster ride. You don't jump off while it's still moving. You have to continue to ride until it comes to a complete stop and you can get off safely".

©2017 Stephanie Anne Allen (P)2017 Stephanie Anne Allen

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Excellent Book

This book has mirrored my life so much and in so many ways! I have a lot of the same issues that manifests differently but there are so many things that I can relate to! I'm a student of Psychology now and there are so many mistakes that have been made in the early days but now I believe that they're correcting a lot of it! I know that there is a lot further progress in this area but with people like Stephanie telling her story and getting people to understand the difficulties thi population has we will be well on our way!

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A Journey from Illness to Healing

This story was the most heartfelt, knowledgeable and detailed account of mental illness I have ever read!! At first because of detail of lesbian sexual encounters it turned me off as I am a Christian! And believe in marriage between man and woman only! But I continued reading because it truly revealed the real world of acute mental illness or schzophrenia! As my father also suffered from this horrendous disease. It also describes how the political and legal systems have caused more suffering for the mentally ill by closing needed hospitals and putting them on the streets and in jails! Where they definitely don't belong! I also continued reading because the author kept saying she believed in God and I hoped she would give her life truly to him? And in the end she found out that our Lord and Savior, is the true giver of peace, happiness, life and love. And with his help she returned to those who truly loved her, friends and family! Such a truly inspiring and raw story with real emotion and suffering! But resulting in a life worth living and a real HERO!

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awesome book

love the book like it was telling a story about my life and struggles but in different ways knowing I'm not alone fantastic book

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Brave and honest author

Thank you for being so open about such a sensitive topic and area of your life. The detailed description of your inner world, your feelings of its authenticity, and your devastating hopelessness painted such a vivid picture of this often misunderstood illness. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in knowing more about mental illnesses. Your realization that you’re not the cause of your illness is a blessing. Medications and therapy are necessary to control mental illness. It is sad that it took so long for your recovery. I received this audio book free with the promise of an honest review. This is what I have written, honest and heartfelt.

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Very Interesting

Hearing how someone deals and handles dealing with mental illness it's kind of an eye opener I would recommend this book

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Format: Kindle Edition I RECEIVED THIS BOOK AS AUD

Format: Kindle Edition I RECEIVED THIS BOOK AS AUDIO ON THE 25 OF MAY AND LISTEN TO IT .THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME LISTEN TO IT THE STORY IS HOW SHE WAS STRUGGLING GROWING UP IN FAMILY THAT HAD A LOT OF MEDICAL ISSUES AND THEN THE UPS AND DOWN SHE HAD GONE THROUGH. HERE YOU GOT A GIRL WHO WENT TO SCHOOL SHE HAD OLDER BROTHER AND ONE SISTER OLDER THAN HER AND NO ONE EXPLAINED THE THINGS THAT GO ON WITH THE BODY CHANCING, YOU SEE SHE HAD GROW UP IN ADULT WORLD BUT NOT TO BE A KID LIKE SHE WANTED TO . STEPHANIE WENT THROUGH HER BECOMING A SEMI ADULT AS I CALL IT SHE HAD HER PERIOD AND GOT HAIR ON LEG AND OTHER PLACE BY TIME SHE WAS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND NO ONE TALK TO HER ABOUT IT AND THEN SHE HAD NO FRIENDS SO SHE COULD TALK TO . STEPHANIE HAD GONE IN JR HIGH AND THEN TO HIGH SCHOOL AS LONER BUT YOU SEE SHE WAS VALEDICTORIAN BUT THE PROBLEM WAS THERE WAS 6 OF THEM SHE HAD TO DO SPEECH AND SHE DID IT NOW TIME TO GO TO COLLEGE BUT THE THING CHANGE THERE STEPHANIE STARTED TO HAVE THE ISSUE WITH HER MEDICAL PROBLEM AND ALL MOST GOT KICK OUT NOW STEPHANIE GOT OUT OF COLLEGE AND NOW THE LIFE IS CHANGING SHE HAS JOB AND STILL NO ONE TO TALK TO OR LISTEN TO HER PROBLEM TILL SHE MEET HER LOVE BUT TURN TO BE GAY ONE AND THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE PERFECT BUT THE COOKIE CRUMBLED AND SHE WENT IN TO BAD SPIN ON LIFE. I ENJOY THE BOOK SHE HAS GONE THROUGH UP AND DOWNS AND MAY BE IT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND HOW AND WHY THE MEDICAL SOCIETY HAS SO MANY PROBLEMS |

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Eye opening

Eye opening to her account of mental illness. Very good Read .... worth the buy definitely if you seek to understand the arena of mental illness

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open memoir on mental illness

Allen tells her wild story of severe delusions to the point she was hospitalized multiple times. Some of these delusions are heartbreaking because she just can't seem to escape them. From her seemingly normal upbringing to adulthood, Allen never felt comfortable. she struggled with her sexuality and when she would often have nightmares about being raped by invisible men.

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Amazing delivery, Content lacking

The silvery voice of the narrator wrapped me up like a cashmere blanket and made everything right with the world. The story was heart warming and captivating.

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A Rare Window Into A Mental Illness Reality

Written from the provider's point of view, this book allows you walk beside the author to the often misunderstood and unknown thoughts and feelings of someone at the epicenter of multi-layered mental illness. The narrator's voice is also a nice fit for the story. if you're looking for a book with perfect grammar and flow, this is not it....but not should it be. I appreciated this, as listening to this book felt like the gritty reality that many of us, if even well-meaning, have never fully heard. I highly recommend it for building empathy for more of humankind.