- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: lulu.com (5 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1445257092
- ISBN-13: 978-1445257099
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.1 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,192,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Boy. Am I Mad? Paperback – 5 Feb 2010
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She was born and reared in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, N Ireland.
Up until 2007 she describes her life as sometimes full, sometimes half empty. Ups and downs like everyone else but pretty ok really.
Heather is an ex-teacher - but not by choice.
Heather, who was head of department of a service for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, suffered a massive blow to her 31 year career when she was falsely accused of slapping a pupil.
She suffered severe reactive depression and anxiety as a result of the allegation.
On her journey to kick thoroughly debilitating depression Heather made a plan to write about her career and the down turn it took.
She always wanted to write and had one piece published, but up until now only had time to dream, not to do. Now she has had both the time and the motivation to write her first book, a true account of her career and the traumatic end to her beloved teaching.
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Top Customer Reviews
with the education authorities following false allegations from a student, but the raw honesty describing the personal aftermath could provide support and solace for many depression
sufferers. There is little accessible literature on this topic and it
is much needed and little discussed.
And what a personal story! How dreadful and heart rending, but
uplifting too. A joyous rich vocation in the first half of this page turner is impoverished and ultimately destroyed by red tape and mindless, unfeeling bureaucracy. I have recommended it to friends
in education and special needs, but also to friends who suffer silently from
depression and will find it supportive to know they are not alone. Only criticism: a surfeit of exclamation marks when the text is powerful enough without them.
It's tragic and frustrating to read about how a thirty year career was ruined in an instant, and it's shocking to think that this is a common occurrence. The knock-on effects of an allegation such as this are far reaching. The way the whole thing was handled was appalling.
Despite her deep depression, Heather manages to find the strength to fight back, and eventually re-gain some of her old life(although she is changed forever). My respect to Heather for sharing her story in this well written and captivating book. It takes courage to talk about depression. This book will be a useful tool for anybody who has suffered from it.