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Recovering From Depression, Anxiety, and Psychosis: My Journey Through Mental Illness [Paperback]

Barbara Altman

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21 Sep 2012
Excerpts from the book: From Chapter 2 - The Principal's Office: Age 16: "Barbara... I'm getting reports that you're not concentrating in any of your classes. In my opionion, you're on the verge of developing full-blown schizophrenia. If you con't see a psychiatrist immediately, you'll end up in a mental institution for the rest of your life." [Spoken by her high school principal.]
From Chapter 16 - The Lunchroom: Age 15 And so it was that Eleanor, Sheila, Virginia, Ginny, and I ate together [in the school lunchroom] every day until we graduated. I would sit with them and let them hold up the conversation while I struggled not to let anyone see my brain fog and inner turmoil.
From Chapter 28 - Creating the Will to Live: Age 46 " My new life began the day I walked into psychologist Caroline Penberthy's office. At the recommendation of a friend, I had called Caroline to introduce myself and make an appointment."
I have experienced the worst of the worst in mental illnesses, from depression, to severe anxiety, and psychosis. In my heart of hearts, I hope to be able to make a difference in the lives of fellow sufferers. Barbara Altman "This book is a model of hope. Growing up with an alcoholic father, she struggled with depression, eating disorders, and psychosis. she is a gifted and talented musician with a lovely sense of humor. This is the story of one woman who would not take "no" for an answer. She has left no stone unturned in her pursuit of wholeness. she has transformed her life with the help of god and many caring people." Caroline Penberthym NSWm LCSW Table of Contents: Section One, Part One Chapter 1 Father’s Day: 2004, Age 61 Chapter 2 The Principal’s Office: 1960, Age 16 Chapter 3 Driving to Kansas: 1986, Age 42 Chapter 4 The Large Ant: 1949, Age 6 Chapter 5 Cleaning Up Larned, Kansas: 1986, Age 42 Chapter 6 State Mental Hospital: 1959, Age 16 Chapter 7 The Weekly Card Game: 1953, Age 10 Chapter 8 Classes at Larned: 1986, Age 42 Chapter 9 The Piano Lesson: 1951, Age 8 Chapter 10 In the Swim: 1972, Age 28 Chapter 11 Sugar, Sweet or Sour: 1958, Age 15 Chapter 12 In Jail: 1986, Age 42 Chapter 13 “The Three Faces of Eve:” 1958, Age 15 Chapter 14 Grandmothers, Mother, and Daughter: 1955 – 1958, Ages 12 – 15 Chapter 15 Teachers and Counselors at Larned: 1986, Age 42 Chapter 16 The Lunchroom: 1958, Age 15 Chapter 17 Leaving Larned: 1986, Age 42 Chapter 18 The Fontbonne Years: 1961 – 1965, Ages 17 – 21 Chapter 19 Two Trips to Hell: 1961, Age 18 Chapter 20 The St. Louis Institute of Music: 1969 – 1985, Ages 26 – 42 Chapter 21 European Adventures: 1970; Age 27 Chapter 22 Confrontation: 1973, Age 30 Chapter 23 Bethesda-Dilworth: 1986, Age 42 Chapter 24 Music Therapy with the Elderly: 1998, Age 55 Chapter 25 My Father’s Final Years: 1972 – 1976, Ages 29 – 33 Chapter 26 My Mother’s Final Years: 1992 – 1995, Ages 49 – 52 Chapter 27 Trying to Heal My Body: 1987 – 1989, Ages 43 – 45 Section One, Part Two Chapter 28 Therapy – Creating the Will to Live: 1989, Age 46 Chapter 29 Painting New Pictures: 1989, Age 46 Chapter 30 Group Therapy: 1998, Age 55 Chapter 31 Observe and Emulate: 2002, Age 59 Chapter 32 Songs and Social Skills: June 2005, Age 62 Chapter 33 Trial and Error: 2004, Age 61 Chapter 34 Mastering Fears: 2008, Age 65 The Feathered Parade Section Two Introduction Chapter 1 Descriptions of a Few Mental Health Disorders Chapter 2 Traditional Medical Treatments Chapter 3 Counseling Chapter 4 Complementary (Alternative) Therapies Author’s Epilogue Appendix A Recommended Readings Appendix B Living the Joy-Filled Life: Affirmations Appendix C Improving My Health You can contact Barbara Altman through her website

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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised edition (21 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477499016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477499016
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,600,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars music therapy 16 Jun 2014
By catmusicgirl - Published on
Barbara, I thought you got your degree in music therapy from Maryville University. I went to school with you there
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to address mental health issues. 14 May 2014
By Avidreader - Published on
I really enjoyed reading Barbara's personal account of her mental health issues. This honest portrayal of her struggles with emotional issues can help anyone. Barbara is a great role model for woman of all ages to persevere and live a healthy and happy life. I especially liked the affirmations section where she discussed the power of forgiveness. We all hurt,and get hurt in relationships. The healthy and long lasting relationships learn to forgive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource- very imformative 15 Oct 2013
By Jeanne Buesser - Published on
I have now finished your book.

I have to commend you on writing the book. It must have been very hard for you to remember the memories and to go through the pain again from childhood on. But I know that you are reaching out to others to give them the permission to write down their memories and to start to heal. I can tell you by only going through the pain can you learn to release and forgive yourself. Knowing you didn't cause this mental illness it was already already who you were. But without the support I am sure you were very much alone and misunderstood. Unfortunately because of the verbal abuse the family can't get help, or maybe it didn't exist. I have learnt that you cannot make people change or accept what they have done unless they're able to talk about it and forgive them selves through therapy and the people they hurt.. But I have also learned that only going through the pain you also begin to heal, by expressing your thoughts, writing them down. You have given alot of insight to people who are going through their issues, but more than that great explainations and resources for them to follow up on. It has been an eye opening book to read you give alot of information in laymans terms which every person can understand. Bless you for writing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening autobiography 25 April 2013
By Thomas Kerr - Published on
This book is a candid account of a girl's, and then a woman's, struggle with a reality clouded by disappointment and rage of growing up with an alcoholic father and the confusing and frightening episodes of psychosis she experiences. The story is heart-wrenching at times, but uplifting and victorious in the end. For someone who has not experienced or been so near to these diseases, this book gives insight that might allow a deeper understanding and awareness of people around us. We meet those affected by alcoholism and mental illness every day, but most often, we never know it, nor do we know how to respond. I am encouraged by the course this woman's life has taken due to her choice to move forward and never let her past ruin her future. She humbly acknowledges the help of several key people in her life as well as the Lord, our Creator. He says, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9) I think Barbara's life is a beautiful testament of this truth.
4.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Obstacles 28 Jun 2013
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This is an incredible journey of an incredible woman. Barbara grows from a six-year-old trying to differentiate reality from hallucinations to a young adult struggling with panic attacks to a mature woman who has overcome adversity.

I gave this book four stars rather than five because I found it a bit confusing at times to move from one time period to another. I tend to think in chronological order.

I especially enjoyed walking step-by-step with the author who persisted until she succeeded in various pursuits. Indeed, she gained much wisdom and shares hope with readers.
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