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Losing My Mind

Author : Thomas DeBaggio
ISBN : 9780743216722
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When Tom DeBaggio turned fifty-seven in 1999, he thought he was about to embark on the relaxing golden years of retirement -- time to spend with his family, his friends, the herb garden he had spent decades cultivating and from which he made a living. Then, one winter day, he mentioned to his doctor during a routine exam that he had been stumbling into forgetfulness, making his work difficult. After that fateful visit, and a subsequent battery of tests over several months, DeBaggio joined the legion of twelve million others afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. But under such a curse, DeBaggio was also given one of the greatest gifts: the ability to chart the ups and downs of his own failing mind. Losing My Mind is an extraordinary first-person account of early onset Alzheimer's -- the form of the disease that ravages younger, more alert minds. DeBaggio started writing on the first day of his diagnosis and has continued despite his slipping grasp on one of life's greatest treasures, memory. In an inspiring and detailed account, DeBaggio paints a vivid picture of the splendor of memory and the pain that comes from its loss. Whether describing the happy days of a youth spent in a much more innocent time or evaluating how his disease has affected those around him, DeBaggio poignantly depicts one of the most important parts of our lives -- remembrance -- and how we often take it for granted. But to DeBaggio, memory is more than just an account of a time long past, it is one's ability to function, to think, and ultimately, to survive. As his life becomes reduced to moments of clarity, the true power of thought and his ability to connect to the world shine through, and in DeBaggio's case, it is as much in the lack of functioning as it is in the ability to function that one finds love, hope and the relaxing golden years of peace. At once an autobiography, a medical history and a testament to the beauty of memory, Losing My Mind is more than just a story of Alzheimer's, it is the captivating tale of one man's battle to stay connected with the world and his own life.

Losing My Mind

Author : Calvin Dunn
ISBN : 1545595895
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Losing My Mind is a story of survival against all odds. It's a story of faith and persistence, strength and endurance, optimism and hope, ups and downs, failures and successes, tribulations and revelations.. It chronicles my entire life up to age 34, but the main premise of this book focuses on the 13-year period following my bipolar diagnosis. I was diagnosed in 1995, at age 20. Subsequently I experienced numerous manic and depressive episodes that landed me in jail dozens of times, as well as institutions and psych wards. I also experienced and survived homelessness, addiction and living in group homes. I eventually overcame bipolar disorder and now live a normal life, but getting here was not easy. I wrote this book to bring awareness and attention to this and other mental illnesses. I hope to inspire others with this illness, and encourage and empower people from all walks of life. You will see how a mental illness can destroy someone's life, and how a person who is hopeless can turn it around, pick up the pieces and regain sanity and stability. It ia a real and interesting journey. There are things that happened to me that most people will be able to relate to. My struggle and triumph is inspiring and an important story that needs to be told. It will help people understand bipolar, and bring awareness to an illness that has destroyed many people's lives, and taken many others. If I can overcome all that it's proof that you can do anything you put your mind to if you remain positive, strong, persistent and keep the faith. You can never give up no matter how hard life gets sometimes, and my story will show my strength and help others find theirs. Anyone who reads this book will learn a lot and be entertained as the situations God has brought me through is amazing. I stayed strong and optimistic, and as a result I am a better person. I have a lot of wisdom to share with the world, and reading this book will change the lives of all who read it.

Mental

Author : Jaime Lowe
ISBN : 9780399574511
Genre : Psychology
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A riveting memoir and a fascinating investigation of the history, uses, and controversies behind lithium, an essential medication for millions of people struggling with bipolar disorder. It began in Los Angeles in 1993, when Jaime Lowe was just sixteen. She stopped sleeping and eating, and began to hallucinate—demonically cackling Muppets, faces lurking in windows, Michael Jackson delivering messages from the Neverland Underground. Lowe wrote manifestos and math equations in her diary, and drew infographics on her bedroom wall. Eventu­ally, hospitalized and diagnosed as bipolar, she was prescribed a medication that came in the form of three pink pills—lithium. In Mental, Lowe shares and investigates her story of episodic madness, as well as the stabil­ity she found while on lithium. She interviews scientists, psychiatrists, and patients to examine how effective lithium really is and how its side effects can be dangerous for long-term users—including Lowe, who after twenty years on the medication suffers from severe kidney damage. Mental is eye-opening and powerful, tackling an illness and drug that has touched millions of lives and yet remains shrouded in social stigma. Now, while she adjusts to a new drug, her pur­suit of a stable life continues as does her curiosity about the history and science of the mysterious element that shaped the way she sees the world and allowed her decades of sanity. Lowe travels to the Bolivian salt flats that hold more than half of the world’s lithium reserves, rural America where lithium is mined for batteries, and tolithium spas that are still touted as a tonic to cure all ills. With unflinching honesty and humor, Lowe allows a clear-eyed view into her life, and an arresting inquiry into one of mankind’s oldest medical mysteries.

Losing My Mind Over Education

Author : Denise Davis-Cotton
ISBN : 1467548677
Genre : African American women
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Losing My Mind over Education (Finding My Way Back to Me) challenges the reader to search for meaningful solutions to address the issues facing American education. Making a Difference in Education! Losing My Mind over Education (Finding My Way Back to Me) is an incredible story about Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton's dynamic leadership as Founder and First Principal of Detroit School of Arts. The book is a personal journey through a brittle American bureaucratic system--education. It is also a personal quest to make a difference in education. A Time for Definition Losing My Mind over Education (Finding My Way Back to Me) shows the discord between the preparation of Denise's educational journey along life's landscape, what she discovers, and what needs to happen to reignite the educational spirit.

Losing My Mind

Author : David Mirich
ISBN : 0988962810
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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David Mirich has a terrible secret. From growing up in an abusive household to becoming a hard-working Psychologist, Dr. David Mirich has spent his whole life working through the terrible guilt brought on by one terrible night. How does someone overcome hurting another person in an unfortunate experiment of youth? That's the question Dr. David Mirich has tried to figure out for years, along with whether or not all the problems he had faced up to that point justified his tragic actions. Until now. Dr. David Mirich has been around the world, worked with troubled people through his psychological practice, helped immigrants find their place in America through his work as an expert witness, and has established a successful home and business in the state of Colorado. He has two children, and a mind that always is searching for answers and understanding. Losing My Mind: Dark Secrets of a Wounded Healer is his incredible memoir about the journey to become the complex yet enduring survivor that he is today.

Mom S Losing Her Memory I M Losing My Mind

Author : Kathy Jean Stewart RN, BSN
ISBN : 9781452569345
Genre : Health & Fitness
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“The subject of physical and mental deterioration and its consequences on people and their loved ones is one that most of us prefer to avoid, even those of us who provide medical care to the elderly. Yet, this is often part of the human experience. Information written on the subject is usually dry and didactic. Kathy Stewart has granted the reader access to her world, the assisted living community, where extraordinary needs are met by extraordinary people. Through interesting, illustrative, and poignant vignettes, a realistic, often intense and yet hopeful experience is accorded the reader. This book, crafted professionally and compassionately, is a gem that should be read not only by relatives of people suffering progressive memory loss but by all of us, since many of us will eventually be touched by this situation in our lifetimes.” —Mark H. Greenberg, MD, FACR, Rheumatologist, Author of “Doctor, Why Do I Hurt So Much?” “Few events impact an entire family more than the onset of dementia in a parent, spouse, sibling, or close friend. Drawing upon her own personal and professional experiences, Kathy Stewart has developed a practical guide for caregivers. The book is easy to read, yet it provides a wealth of useful information which is accessible to all. It should provide knowledge and comfort for anyone caring for an individual with dementia.” —George A. Kuchel, M.D., FRCPC, Professor, Citicorp Chair in Geriatrics & Gerontology, Director, UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut Health Center “Kathy Stewart has provided an outstanding, informative, and useful guide. This book is required reading for all adult children and caregivers who seek to provide the best possible care for Mom and Dad. I wish I had this book when my own mother developed stroke-related dementia and needed extensive specialized care.” —Elly Trepman, M.D., Professional Associate, Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba, www.manuscriptsurgeon.com

Nervous System

Author : Jan Lars Jensen
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131673597
Genre : Authorship
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This is a memoir in the vein of Plath's "Bell Jar". A few months after selling his first book to a major publisher, Jan Lars Jensen woke in a psychiatric ward, only to find that the ideas that had inspired his fiction now roamed through his waking nightmares. Gripping and harrowing, darkly comic and deeply moving, "Nervous System" is the memoir of a novelist who almost let his imagination get the best of him.

Headstrong

Author : Donna Valentino
ISBN : 9781612541082
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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On an uncharacteristically warm February day in Texas, a young couple sets off in search of a new adventure. The quiet, isolated woods of the resort offer the perfect setting for a romantic weekend for two. They challenge each other to an ATV ride and start off energized, excited, and ready to explore. The adventure that follows, however, is not what they anticipated. After crossing several cattle guards successfully, Donna Valentino attempts to navigate another—only to crash into an unmarked and almost invisible chain. In an instant, her lovers’ weekend turns into a nightmare of injuries, including what would later be diagnosed as a severe brain injury. After months of rehabilitation and a courageous battle to regain her life, Donna wrote Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury without Losing My Mind, recounting her remarkable journey of recovery and adaptation. Headstrong reveals her practical and positive outlook on life as well as her steadfast determination to make it, which she hopes will be an inspiration to others.

Losing My Mind

Author : Mark Cunningham
ISBN : 1981526498
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In this book Mark recounts, the events that led up to his destructive behavior, infidelity, STD's and lies which ultimately caused his failed marriage to his beautiful wife and mother to his three beautiful daughters. He reveals the challenges that he had after his horrible car accident leaving him handicapped due to a brain injury. You will also see the comeback of an amazing young man and his message to youths. Mark shares that once he saw Barack Obama elected as President, he knew that he could recover from his brain injury and share his remarkable story to help others.

Mommy Mantras

Author : Bethany E. Casarjian, Ph.D.
ISBN : 0307419142
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Mommy Mantras are phrases you can say in your head, or out loud if you need to, during those trying moments of mothering. They act to empower you, revive you, and remind you that there is always another way to see your situation. Buddhist-inspired and psychologically grounded, these snippets of wisdom come through entertaining and universal stories of unpredictable life with children. Here are a few examples of how a mantra can help you control your reactions to those mothering circumstances largely out of your control: When it seems like everyone else's children are better behaved (and doesn’t it always feel that way?), you can remind yourself to narrow your focus, or stop comparing your children to others, which is only bound to make you miserable. When the monotony of caring for a toddler gets to you, remembering to surrender to the goat, as one mother did when her son insisted on feeding the same goat at the petting zoo every day, for hours, will help you recognize the importance of being in the moment, and will help you endure and even enjoy the sometimes tedious routines. When you begin to resent that you do more housework than your spouse, despite your best intentions and all the nagging in the world, you can learn to ignore the score, or let go of keeping track, which can become an unhealthy (and unhelpful) obsession. When your mantras seem to fail you, you can always remind yourself that I am not Buddha. Motherhood is not something we can master. We can only try to be more mindful. Even so, some days are harder than others. Mantras are the deceptively simple words we can use to diffuse stress and choose appropriate, constructive behavior so we can recognize ourselves, find our center and be more mindful and compassionate mothers. From the Hardcover edition.

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