A Secret Life: Enduring and Triumphing Over OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by James S. Juliana
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 176 pages
Genre: Self-Help, Mental Health
Publisher: Self-Published | Release dates: October 2019
Tour dates: June 15 to June 26, 2020
Content Rating: PG. This self-help book deals with adult subject matter of mental illness.
Are you one of the millions who reside within a secret life, a life which constantly feels out of your own control: Are you plagued by repetitive thoughts and/or actions which interfere with your daily activities? The author lived for more than 40 years with an undiagnosed form of mental illness, a phobia now known as OCD: obsessive-compulsive disorder. His emotional pain and suffering were at times almost unmanageable. In his mid-sixties, the author, a loving husband, father and accomplished high school teacher and athletic coach, discovered a unique psychologist within the Denver therapeutic community who utilizes a radical but highly successful treatment that's allowed the author to control his OCD symptoms almost 100%. "A Secret Life" is one of the few books written by an OCD sufferer and descries in detail the pain and chaos living with this illness can cause not just the victim, but those closest to him. This story doesn't stop there, but provides readers with options and advice dealing with OCD from someone who broke the curse of living a secret life. Now he's ready to share his story in order to help others.
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Friends and Family Members' Reactions to My Secret Life.
The reaction from the majority of my family and friends after reading my book has been consistent. No one ever realized I had been living my entire adult life with a debilitating, sometimes life-altering form of mental illness known as OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder. I had successfully spent my life keeping this phobia secret except from my parents and a few doctors/therapists for almost sixty years. My six siblings and none of my many high school and college friends knew the extent of my secret and the severity and influence of its effects upon my life and the lives of my wife and four children.
The only person who knew and understood the complete impact of my living with this disorder was and is my wife Betsy, whom I first met when I was fourteen, whom I dated eight years before we married and to whom I have been wed for forty-eight and a half years.
The complete story of my battle with OCD is now public, thanks to our book and the support of Betsy and our four children. My family and friends have responded with sincere surprise initially, then with much admiration and pride in the contents of the book, and my having the courage to openly relate to openly my struggle. A common refrain from people is: “I had no idea you lived with any kind of mental illness problem of this magnitude. Never.”
Meet the Author:
Jim Juliana was a hard-working family man with a devoted wife and adoring children. As a teacher, he taught numerous subjects over a 28-year career, was an assistant principal/athletic director for three years and mentored generations of youngsters in the classroom and in athletics. Juliana was a coach for forty years at the high school level. Coach Juliana has been a part of two state championship teams, a city championship team and several league title teams. He spent two years as a college instructor and football coach. But Jim Juliana had a secret life, one over which he had no control. For most of his life, he also fought - and eventually defeated - an embarrassing and almost debilitating OCD. OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that effects three to five million adults in the US each year. OCD involves irrational fears or repeated thoughts or obsessions that drive an individual to engage in repetitive behaviors or compulsions. Jim Juliana's life was finally changed when he found a therapist whose treatment all but eliminated his OCD incidents. A Secret Life chronicles Juliana's battle against his OCD and gives readers options and information for treatment based on his experiences.
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