Amanda LaPera

Writer, Speaker, Teacher & Advocate - Severe Mental Illness: Let's Do Something About It


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Losing Dad is Recipient of Prestigious Award!

Posted by Amanda LaPera on June 4, 2014 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We are thrilled to announce that Losing Dad is an award-winning book! IBPA's prestigious Benjamin Franklin Awards, which recognize excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers. Losing Dad was awarded the Silver Award in the Psychology category. ...

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Buy a Copy of Losing Dad this Thurs. Nov. 7th

Posted by Amanda LaPera on November 4, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

You're invited to the official book launch and signing, which will be held this Thursday November 7th from 7-8:30 PM at The Night Owl in Fullerton. If you can't be there in person, please purchase your copy through anytime on Thursday November 7th. It will make a big difference if everyone purchases the book on the same day. Thank you for your su...

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Book Launch and Signing, the 7th at 7

Posted by Amanda LaPera on October 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Come to the official book launch and signing at The Night Owl in Fullerton (200 Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, California 92835). Losing Dad will be available for purchase in both paperback ($20) and hardcover ($25) formats. Be there at 7pm to hear the background of the story as well as to join in the Q&A session, which will ...

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Big Announcement! October 7th is the Day

Posted by Amanda LaPera on September 20, 2013 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Announcing the book's release! Losing Dad, Paranoid Schizophrenia: a Family's Search for Hope is due to be released October 5, 2013. Ask for it in your favorite store, or purchase it online. Check back soon for more details about ordering autographed copies, attending book signings, and book readings. Have any questions? Feel free t...

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How do Other Countries Treat Patients with Severe Mental Illnesses?

Posted by Amanda LaPera on August 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

How Do Other Countries Involuntarily Treat People Who Need Help for Severe Mental Illness?


I have often wondered this same question. If what we are doing in the United States is not working, how are other countries handling this? According to the article in the "Law and Psychiatry" column in American Psychiatric Association Journal cited on August 20, 2013 on the Treatment Advocacy Center website, France and other countr...

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Best Ways to Support a Loved One Suffering From Mental Illness

Posted by Amanda LaPera on June 15, 2013 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Best Ways to Support a Loved One Suffering From Mental Illness


A guest blog by Ryan Rivera


Having someone you love be afflicted with a mental illness can be tough. You are looking at a grueling challenge of providing care and support for them. Though it may be difficult, there are ways to make the road to recovery a smo...

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Deplin: Vitamin for the Depressed Brain?

Posted by Amanda LaPera on February 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

          Has your previously-effective antidepressant lost its edge? If so, Deplin could be the answer. This prescription food, as regulated by the FDA, delivers a powerful burst of methylfolate, like a mega dose of folic acid. According to WebMD, "Folic acid is the man-made form of folate. Folate is a B-vitamin naturally found in some foods. It is needed to form healthy cells, especially red blood cells. L-methylfolate and levomefo...

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100 Thousand Poets for Change

Posted by Amanda LaPera on September 29, 2012 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

100,000 poets for change, a worldwide event

Poetry readings begin at 11am.

Tomorrow @ Beyond Baroque Literary/ Arts Center

681 Venice Blvd., Venice, California 90291

Can't attend? You can watch live streaming video by clicking the link below.

Detect Depression with a Blood Test? Research is Promising

Posted by Amanda LaPera on April 25, 2012 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (2)

        Imagine being able to detect depression in the same way diabetes is diagnosed--with a blood test.


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California's Mental Health LPS Law Needs Overhaul

Posted by Amanda LaPera on April 1, 2012 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

On March 23, this letter was originally published by the Sacramento Bee online.

        Re "State needs to overhaul its dated mental health law" (Editorials, March 18): Thank you for bringing attention to this serious issue. Doctors, law enfo...

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