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The Memoir of a Schizophrenic

The Memoir of a Schizophrenic by [Karl Lorenz Willett]

The Memoir of a Schizophrenic by Karl Lorenz Willett is a beautifully written account in the form of a diary or journal which has been produced over numerous years. It follows the internal struggle of the author. It is a biographical account of his life and the battles he has faced from a very young age all the way through life’s milestones. You get to see what it is like for someone suffering with schizophrenia to be put into situations which others may see as everyday life such as Karl’s struggle with finding employment to suit his skills, especially during a time when so many others were also struggling nationally.

The reader is able to follow Karl’s faith and bare witness to the times in his life where he forces himself to be positive, you see him consistently trying to improve himself as well as his mental state. It is a refreshing read that really provides an insight into what it is like daily for someone with schizophrenia. It touches upon the common issues they face and the theme running throughout all the accounts, of living with a mental health condition is extremely relevant in today’s society. This would be a great tool in raising awareness as well as educating people on some of the aspects which may be present in those also battling.

Another theme which is touched upon is that of race. These external battles are almost a mirror for the protagonists internal struggle and only amplify what Karl had to contend with throughout his life. Although you do get an insight into his younger years, these are brief and I was left wanting to know more because what is given, “I experienced short-lived delusions and visual hallucinations”, is interesting and I wanted to delve deeper into these motives and emotions that are otherwise summed up quickly.

The Memoir of a Schizophrenic by Karl Lorenz Willett is long but very informative and thought provoking. Readers will really sympathize with Karl as they get to see further into the way his brain processes situations and the will he has to change and battle these parts of himself, as well as embrace them. This impassioned memoir provides readers with a stark glimpse into the life of a man that is struggling with a devastating psychological condition.

Pages: 925 | ASIN: B09HRDMYP7

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A Very Long Way

A Very Long Way by [Naomi Fryers]

A Very Long Way by Naomi Fryers tells the fascinating true story of her complex, challenging and sometimes humorous journey through life. She tells us of her life from grade ten onwards and it is so full of big impacting life situations that readers will be left shocked more often than not.

This emotionally-resonant memoir includes many situations that young adults and new adults face in society. This helps the reader relate to the author among the partying and heartbreak, and even death, that fills this story.

Naomi Fryers is observant and her quality writing ensures readers get a clear picture of the story that is unfolding. Set in the semi-urban town of Epping, Victoria, this enthralling memoir tells a poignant coming of age story of a girl into a woman amidst the myriad of struggles that life presents. She is hit by many hard and hurtful things that I was personally able to relate to. That is the one thing this book does so beautifully, it makes readers relate and feel connected.

The fact that this book includes mental health awareness is something that I greatly appreciated because I feel that this is an essential aspect that is ignored today. Yet, Naomi narrates her life perfectly with no filler narration and explicitly tells us she was depressed, suicidal, and so hurt with life.

The author’s fierce will to express herself while holding nothing back takes readers on a very deep exploration of character, much deeper and more candid than I was expecting, but appreciated. And because of this we get a better understanding of mental health.

She is a resilient spirit with words that leave an impact. Naomi Freyer’s detailed and in-depth explanation of every emotion and scene is terrific, coupled with riveting storytelling skills readers will surely be glued to the pages.

A Very Long Way is a short but potent memoir that explores mental health issues, relationship, and so much more. This is a stirring and well crafted-story that will stay with you long after you’ve put the book down.

Pages: 96 | ASIN: B09HQPTRVK

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In Our Blood: A Memoir

In Our Blood: A Memoir by [Caitlin Billings]

In Our Blood by Caitlin Billings is a memoir highlighting Billings’ struggle balancing her mental health issues as a licensed therapist. Throughout the book she details her past traumas and the underlying mental health issues that came to light because of them. To add to her battle, she also needs to learn how to navigate parenting a child with issues mirroring her own.

As you read more into the memoir, Billings writes of her feelings of failure as a parent when she learns her oldest child experienced sexual abuse at the hands of a family member. This causes her to relapse heavily as she berates herself for not being able to protect her child. This same child also undergoes a slow transition from female to male and struggles with their own mental health crises throughout the book.

As someone who also struggles with mental illness and similar past experiences to Billings, this book was extremely triggering for me to read. However, I thought she did an amazing job documenting what so many people who struggle with mental illness go through. The unsavory thoughts that come with low points and the chronic ups and downs experienced during mental health episodes were incredibly accurate to my own.

Every person’s mental health journey is their own and I commend Billings for being so candid with hers. At some points, I found myself frustrated with her actions and it helped me put into perspective how others may feel when I have acted similarly. I also need to give ultimate kudos to Billings husband for never giving up on her or their family, especially with everything the family had to experience.

In Our Blood is an impassioned memoir that shares an authentic journey. Despite the uncomfortable similarities between her life and my own, I thought this was an incredible depiction of mental illness and the struggles that come along with a diagnosis. In Our Blood is an important piece of mental health literature and should be a must-read for anyone looking for personal experiences with mental illness.

I do want to note that some chapters may be triggering for anyone who has struggled with eating disorders, sexual assault, or thoughts of suicide. Otherwise, I think these topics are handled with care in the book and discussed in a way that explores the issues in respectful but important ways.

Pages: 256 | ASIN: B09CCSTRH2

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Experienced True Grief

Author Interview
Fivos Panayiotou Author Interview

User follows a man who struggles with depression and falls for a woman who comes from a similarly dysfunctional family. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I was inspired to write the book User because I felt that at the time I was struggling to grasp what I as a man had endured, the past was haunting me, i recall back in 2014 mid year that I had reflected on what was happening in the relationship, and how I could easily write a book on what I had endured, though I knew that I could not do so, I was still in the relationship, so I let it go, it wasnt until 2018 when my Grandfather who I loved dearly passed, I had known humiliation, isolation, abandonment, rejection and many other conflicting emotions, but I had not ever experienced true grief.

When my grandfather passed, I went to Cyprus and while at the funeral in extreme heat, in my pain I fell to my knees and it dawned on me that I had something to say, and I decided that I would not let anything stop me from talking about what many other men hesitated to discuss. Upon returning I made it my personal mission to frequent the local library every weekend and start writing.

This book is based on true events. What were some aspects of the novel that were fictionalized and what were some aspects you felt had to stay close to the truth?

The aspects of the novel that were fictionalized were very few, but those that were altered were small parts, such as the birth of my brothers first two daughters, the celebrations were made to bring out the Greek culture and bask in the joys of Greek tradition, other examples of fictionalized parts of the story were the relationship with Brondo and his mother that at times may have been on the med and repairing itself, they were always at odds, but to bring some warmth to the story, it needed a nice family touch to bring some strength of support at times.

There were many aspects untold as I did not want to make the story into a personal journal, but rather more a story of interest to keep the reader intrigued.

There were not many elements that were fictionalized unfortunately I laid the bones bare and used the harsh truth bearing the brunt of it all.

The aspects that needed to stay true were the degrading moments in which the character was constantly mocked and lied to, the mind games and manipulations that were relentless, as well as the criminal activity that pursued.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The themes that were important to explore in the book were mostly touching on the reality of the situation, reliving the entire story as I wrote it, I was transfixed and caught up in the moment, I got to explore key moments and what they meant to me as I went through the motions and experienced many different emotions, this time more on a deeper level because I was able to identify from a writers perspective, and see it differently, rather then the man living it, caught up in a diabolical plot, unable to see from the outside in.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The next book I am working on are two at current, I recently released a second book which was launched in August, its called beyond the ruins and its based on a true story on the life of me with fictional romance brought in, it is very flexible and has much versatility, with the first book I kept it as harsh true and brutal and one dimensional, the second I decided to test my creativity as a writer and use more imagination, it is currently available through amazon and making magic happens press.

The third and fourth books, one will be a new genre similar to 50 shades of grey and I will test my writing skills writing up on erotic stories as I was encouraged to do so.

The fourth will be a backstory to user as many questions were raised in reference to the decision making of Brondo.

The two new books will be available as early as January 2022 God willing all goes well.

Author Links: Amazon | GoodReads

Brondo Violaris was just a good little Greek church boy who grew up on the outskirts of Melbourne in a traditional Greek family full of loving, but dominant women. On the morning of January 15, his thirtieth birthday, he had decided to kill himself because he suffered from depression and low self esteem, thought he was just a loser with nothing left to live for. Everyone else had the great careers, big houses, flash cars and marriages by the time they were thirty, while Brondo still lived at home with his grandmother Yaya and Uncle, barely able to hold down a job or get a date. That was, until he met and fell for the beautiful, confident Sheena Baxter, who, like him, had come from a family of diabolical dysfunction. He thought he’d won the lottery; life was finally giving him a chance at love. There was just one problem. Sheena Baxter was married. To a gangsta.

This is Fivos Panayiotou’s debut novel and work of truth, based on his shocking real life story.

Fivos Panayiotou grew up on the outskirts of Melbourne in the 80s in a traditional Greek family. As a first generation born of AustralianGreek heritage hailing from Cyprus, he was raised in the multicultural area of Brunswick and ate meat pies and was a devout fan of Carlton football club like any normal kid in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. He has a particular interest in working with the elderly in aged care and is a dedicated uncle, family man and man of God. He is a survivor of domestic violence and strong advocate against psychological abuse and wishes to speak out on this largely unrecognized aspect of men’s mental health. Fivos is currently at work on his second novel, due for publication in 2021.

Walking Away From Everything

Aimee Meheden-Friesen
Aimee Meheden-Friesen Author Interview

Whelm follows a young woman who is struggling to overcome mental health issues and escape expectations to be her authentic self. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I’ve had people close to me deal with a variety of mental health struggles, and from time to time I’ve dealt with depression myself. The book is overly dramatized for the purpose of storytelling, but I wanted to push the message that the perfect life of material excess that most people idealise isn’t necessarily perfect for everyone and that sometimes it takes walking away from everything to gain a new perspective. I also hoped to help normalize these types of mental health struggles to help take the stigma out of them.

Audra is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I think at some point in our lives, most of us struggle with expectations. Audra’s development came from learning that less was more, and learning to trust herself to know what she wanted in life and make her own decisions. She didn’t need the glitz and glamour, and in the end she learned that happiness comes from love and friendship not materialism.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Expectations may hold you back out of fear of judgment or failure but if you find the inner strength to do what’s right for you, the people you want in your life will be the ones still there for you in the end.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m currently about 20,000 words into my second book, entitled Conation, which is defined as an inclination to act purposefully. The story is a little darker than Whelm, with thematic elements focused on overcoming abuse and building community to find one’s place in a world where people are becoming increasingly isolated by technology. At this rate, I would hope it should be ready for publication by 2023.

Author Links: GoodReads | Instagram | Website

Walking away from her unfaithful ex, wealthy and beautiful Audra Filigree realises she’s not losing much except for five years of her life and that, while there’s nothing wrong with her life, there’s nothing right with it either.
Now that she’s left her privileged little world behind, there’s no going back. With no plan or sense of self-preservation, random encounters guide her attempts to reclaim her life as she tries to stand up to her tyrant of a father and fight the anxiety of the unknown in her internal battle against the unrealised depression that has been consuming her for so long.
Whelm is a contemporary romantic tale addressing the challenges faced by those struggling to overcome mental health issues and escape expectations to be their authentic self.

Whelm

Whelm by [Aimee Meheden-Friesen]

Whelm by Aimee Meheden-Friesen is an interesting romance story  following a young woman from an affluent family named Audra. She leaves behind her life of luxury and her infidel boyfriend Dalton, prompted by depression and severe anxiety. The story takes multiple twists and turns, but at the end of it, readers get a glimpse of the much-awaited light at the end of the tunnel.

Besides her psychological disorder, the plot focuses on the family conflict and romantic inclination of Audra, but more than being a love story, this is a novel about Audra rediscovering herself. After being bogged down with mental health issues for a long time, Audra finds a sense of purpose in life and decides to go back to university to become a school teacher. She finds love in Teddy, a man who is far removed from the world of glitz and glamour that Audra is accustomed to. The story dives deep into the nature of depression, the duality of the human mind, as well as abuse and trauma. There are vivid descriptions of the physiological and psychological impact of depression, concealed with the subtle but profound language so as to not trigger the reader. But in the end, optimism becomes victorious, and the unflinching willpower to live a happy and purposeful life helps the protagonist sail through. 

Whelm communicates a powerful message with easy-flowing language. The characters are well-developed and feel authentic, and the plot is truly gripping. Each and every character has been explored with great care, adding dimension to the story.  I feel that a few chapters in the middle of the book could have been shortened, but thanks to its lucid and effortless diction, there is not much room for complaint. 

This is an emotionally resonant romance novel that explores mental health through a unique and candid lens that will keep readers engaged throughout this impassioned story.

Pages: 338 | ASIN: B09CGHS4KX

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PHANTOM BULLET’S

PHANTOM BULLET'S by [Andrew Avra]

Phantom Bullets by Andrew Avra is a collection of paintings and journal extracts depicting the mental health issues faced by Lilly. Through the visual representations of her internal battle as well as images showing parts of her past, the reader is able to follow along and get an intimate understanding of Lilly’s mind. Interspersed throughout are short extracts from her journal which further helps the reader to keep track of how Lilly is feeling and follow the flow of the artwork.

Going through each stage of her life and her struggles, you can clearly see the changes that take place. One aspect which varies drastically is the colors used to paint the watercolor images, in the beginning, although you can tell there is a lot going through her mind, the colors used are quite vivid shades of pink, purple and blue. As you move through her life the colors gradually become duller and there are much darker shades used which may represent the different mental health problems she is dealing with. It is also done well as you get to see both her external reality beside what is happening internally.

Phantom Bullets is a fantastic representation of the wide variety of mental health problems a person can experience, and in many paintings, demons are depicted which makes it clear the journey you are following. I think it would work better as an art collection, both as a way of telling the story or as one-off pieces of work. I would’ve liked a little dialogue to get a better sense as to what Lilly was feeling in the moment. The images can be interpreted a different way then what the author intended. But I suppose this is also the point of art isn’t it? The reader does get a more in-depth insight into how someone can be struggling internally and the different ways they try to express their emotions.

Phantom Bullets is a unique graphic novel with interesting art pieces all throughout the book that tell a thought-provoking and impassioned story in vivid color.

Pages: 131 | ASIN: B09CN45D8N

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