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Ellen Eldridge from Target Audience Magazine writes,"Reading LaPera's personal family drama feels like sharing a cup of cocoa with a friend you wish you could console."
Losing Dad does not paint a picture of a deviant; it portrays a true story of one family's long-term struggle with a father's severe mental illness. Extend your hands, as readers, and pick up a copy of Losing Dad by Amanda LaPera.
Read the entire review at TargetAudienceMagazine.com.
Anosognosia is real. It is not just a theory used in books or argument, it is a painful truth for many families, like ours.
Anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one--be it from death, mental illness, substance abuse, or abandonment--might say that life is unpredictable. Anyone's health can deteriorate. The sooner we understand and accept an uncomfortable psychological diagnosis, the sooner we can intervene, before it is too late.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), severe mental illnesses and their symptoms such as schizophrenia and paranoia typically become apparent and are diagnosed when individuals are in their teens or early twenties; therefore, it was unusual that Joseph would develop such a severe mental illness at the age of fifty-three...
Joseph graduated from college in Illinois, bought a house in California, and raised a family in the suburbs. By all accounts his life seemed normal, until he got the news: cancer.
After a successful operation with a good prognosis, a routine follow-up procedure went awry. Doctors rushed him into emergency surgery and, for the second time in a week, put him under general anesthesia. That’s when everything changed.
Joseph descended into psychosis, extreme paranoia, and grandiose delusions.
Within a couple of years, he did the unthinkable. He embarked on a trip that involved four continents, thirty countries, and thirteen wives. Joseph gave up everything along the way: his career, his finances, and his family. While homeless in America, he had run-ins with drug dealers and prostitutes. He was purportedly arrested in Israel, preached to the Mafioso in Italy, and hailed as a prophet in Africa.
This true story follows one man’s bizarre journey through mental illness.
He is not a faceless stranger living on the streets.
He is my father.
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