Amanda LaPera

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


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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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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Overhaul the LPS Act in California

Posted by Amanda LaPera on March 20, 2012 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This article in the Sacramento Bee sums the issues up nicely:

Basically, after the Lanterman-Petris...

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Book Review: Ingrid Ricks' HIPPIE BOY

Posted by Amanda LaPera on January 24, 2012 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Review of Ingrid Ricks’ Hippie Boy

By Amanda LaPera

I’m into true stories and well-written memoirs that give me a glimpse into a life unlike my own. Hippie Boy by Ingrid Ricks is a gripping story that pulled me in from page one. Her adventures with her father are anything but carefree, as much as her character initially beli...

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Holidays Bring Merry News

Posted by Amanda LaPera on December 23, 2011 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Today, I am happy to report that I have been in communication with my father. While I will not post t...

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