Felicia Johnson Author, Speaker Event NAMI Carroll County Mental Health Advocates

Carroll County Mental Health Advocates

Author, Felicia Johnson – Author Page, will be the presenter at NAMI Carroll’s and Carroll County Mental Health Advocates’ Educational Night on July 30th at 6 PM at the Carrollton Courthouse. Please join us so Felicia can share her knowledge as a mental health worker, survivor and advocate of those dealing with borderline personality disorder. She will bring copies of her book with her.

CMHA & NAMI Carroll invite everyone to the Educational Night on July 30th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. featuring Felicia Johnson, speaking about Borderline Personality Disorder. This event will be at the Carroll County Court House, and it will be very insightful! Please like our page, and share this event on your walls to help spread the word!

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Book Giveaway! Her by Felicia Johnson BPD Mental Health FREE

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“HER” by Felicia Johnson is in preproduction to become a movie! Here’s a giveaway to get the buzz going for the book to film adaptation. Visit http://www.herthebook.com to see the trailers. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

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Her

by Felicia Johnson

Giveaway ends June 16, 2015.

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Mental Health Talk: Guest Blog Post Author Felicia Johnson

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Felicia Johnson guest blogs on Mental Health Talk and shares how she suffered from depression and child abuse while growing up. It was writing that helped her through those years; a catalyst for finding an invaluable form of therapy and her voice.

This has lead Felicia to write her first novel titled Her. Based on her own experiences and those with a close friend who she lost to mental illness, she has created a story about survival and the complexity of living with Borderline Personality Disorder.

To read Felicia’s guest post on Mental Health Talk, please visit: http://mentalhealthtalk.info/writing-mental-illness

Trish Hurtubise, Founder and Editor of Mental Health Talk

Mental Health Novel-to-Film Adaptation Her by Felicia Johnson

When I was 15, my best friend committed suicide. I found out after her death that she had a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) stemming from the trauma of childhood abuse. I now work and volunteer in the mental health field, I see everyday how important it is for people to understand mental disorders and the havoc they can wreak on a person’s life and relationships. I know how imperative it is for people to be diagnosed early and begin to come to terms with their diagnosis and have a plan for symptom management. Taking pieces from journals I wrote about my past dealing with my own abuse and my life with Holl…

via Mental Health Novel-to-Film Adaptation.

My Book Review of From Foster Care To Fabulous by Capri Cruz

FROM FOSTER CARE TO FABULOUS:An Imperative MovementFROM FOSTER CARE TO FABULOUS:An Imperative Movement by Capri C. Cruz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an autographed copy of “From Foster Care to Fabulous: An Imperative Movement” from Ms. Capri Cruz when I had met her at the 2014 Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta Spring Empowerment Summit. Meeting her was such a delight. Ms. Cruz is very down to earth and it’s no wonder her story moved me the way that it did. First, Ms. Cruz does not dumb down the facts of what it was like for her growing up in the foster care system. She opens up about her childhood trauma and what it took for her to become the beautiful and inspirational woman that she is today. Capri’s journey from her traumatic experiences and all that she had to go through to turn at all into wisdom and most of all love to share with us in her incredible novel, is truly brave and commendable. What I took from the story was so much more deeper than any words could describe. It was like a friend who has so much passion and love to share with me, just opened up and gave me this gift of their story of not only surviving and overcoming the odds, but about how to be a thriving, spiritual person who can appreciate the true value of life, love, and being fabulous. I recommend this book to parents of foster children, adults who are considering foster care/adoption, and young adult foster youth. Capri Cruz’s “From Foster Care to Fabulous” is an incredibly moving story of hard work, hope and love.

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My Gutsy Story

Hello friends! As you know, it’s hard to put yourself out there, but I knew that it was important to share my story to help others. Was I gutsy enough? You decide! Please take a moment and put in a vote for me. I truly appreciate all of your love and support.

Voting for the favorite December 2013 “My Gutsy Story” contest takes place today and ends on January 15th at midnight PST. The winner will be announced on January 16th.

http://soniamarsh.com/2013/12/how-writing-saved-my-life-by-felicia-johnson.html#comment-61718

A review of Her by Lauren Stiles of Personality Disorder Awareness Network (PDAN)

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Eye contact is well-known social norm. It signals attention, and can communicate a feeling of understanding and honesty. Kristen, who has awoken in a mental health institute after a suicide attempt, misconstrues and abhors eye contact. In the novel Her, by Felicia Johnson, Kristen feels a heavy negative connotation when people look at her, and lashes out at them for “staring” at her. Through her interactions with facility staff and patients, and eventually family and friends, it is found that Kristen suffers from a condition known as Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD. Recommended for those with BPD or those living with them, Her is a perfect window into the mind of someone with a mood disorder.

Although it is eventually the actions of an abusive step father that send Kristen to the point of suicide, it is clear that cumulative damage has been done by her mother over the years. Although not technically seen as abuse, a child forced into responsibility in a single-parent household is trauma in its haziest form. Appeals to support the family, and the sensory odor of threatening coffee breath call up all-to-familiar a memory from my own past and make me sad to realize that the conditions facilitating a BPD diagnosis are all too prevalent and are prone to repeat themselves.

For instance, Kristen’s stepfather abused his son because he had himself been abused. The histrionic behavior of Kristen’s mother is exhibited in Kristen herself, but is exaggerated by abusive conditions. This book deals honestly and openly with these hard subjects, and can certainly help a survivor of abuse to come to terms with what happened in an easily digestible manner. Any person would benefit from the anger management and coping skills classes described in depth in the book, and if practiced widely, maybe less abuse would exist in the first place.

Regardless of the current preference to only diagnose those 18 or older, this book talks about the importance of mental health at even an early age, as it is the youth that is affected greatest by domestic violence, mental or physical. The greatest tool we have in safety of our children is education for prevention. In the end, hope prevails, and her doctor provides a motivation to her and to thousands of others. “Now that you are aware of what it is – your illness, which is Borderline Personality Disorder – you have to think about what you know and use it for your survival.”

– Lauren Stiles of Personality Disorder Awareness Network (PDAN)

http://www.pdan.org

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