Felicia Johnson Author, Speaker Event National Alliance On Mental Illness NAMI Greater Orlando

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Education Speaker Series Presents:

Author and mental health advocate, Felicia Johnson, joins us to discuss her own experience in dealing with a loved one suffering from child abuse, depression and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Inspired by her own life story and the journey of her childhood friend, Felicia has authored the novel, Her, which is the story of a young girl dealing with BPD. Through her book, Felicia helps to bring understanding of BPD within reach of many young people and families afflicted by it and continues to help many come to terms with mental health issues they face.

As a survivor of child abuse and one who deals with mental illness in her personal and work life, Felicia is very involved in efforts to end the stigma of mental illness. Felicia lives in Atlanta and currently works at the Highlands Institute and volunteers with Youth Villages Inner Harbour and Personality Disorder Awareness Network.

This event is a FREE community service; all are welcome!

Beardall Senior Center

800 Delaney Ave

Orlando, FL 32801

July 20, 2015

Event begins at 6:30pm EST

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National Alliance On Mental Illness NAMI Cobb Educational Speakers Series feat. Author, Felicia Johnson

Educational Meeting Thurs. Feb. 19, 2015

For more information, visit http://www.feliciajohnsonauthor.com.

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Education Speaker Series Presents:Author and mental health advocate, Felicia Johnson, who joins us to discuss her own experience in dealing with a loved one suffering from child abuse, depression and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  Inspired by her own life story and the journey of her childhood friend, Felicia has authored the novel, Her, which is the story of a young girl dealing with BPD.  Through her book, Felicia helps to bring understanding of BPD within reach of many young people and families afflicted by it and continues to help many come to terms with mental health issues they face.

As a survivor of child abuse and one who deals with mental illness in her personal and work life, Felicia is very involved in efforts to end the stigma of mental illness.  Felicia lives in Atlanta and currently works at the Highlands Institute and volunteers with Youth Villages Inner Harbour and Personality Disorder Awareness Network.

This event is a FREE community service; all are welcome!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

7:30-9:00 p.m.

St James Episcopal Church Parish Hall

161 Church St Marietta 30060

Once Upon A Bookshelf Book Review of Her by Felicia Johnson

Once Upon A Bookshelf

A Reader’s Blog

HER 
 
Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:08 am June 19, 2014.
Category: Young Adult
Book Author(s):
Publisher(s):      Her front cover
Author: Felicia Johnson
Originally Published: 2013
Publisher: 8th Street Publishing
Source: Received a copy from the author

When I did the interview with Felicia Johnson, I received a digital copy of her book. The topic really intrigued me. I’m a proponent for the end of the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, disorders, and all, so I was definitely interested. I was also however a little afraid to go into it, as sometimes reading about cutting makes a part of me long to start cutting again. I ended up reading this book within one day… and spent a very good portion of that day in tears.

With that in mind, it should be no surprise that this was a very difficult read. It was emotionally draining because of what the characters were going through. It deals with some hard subject matter – important, but hard. And I’m sure there are a lot of parents who wouldn’t want their children to read a book that starts with a failed suicide attempt… but there are going to be a lot of people who will relate in some way to this book. And for that reason alone, for the fact that there may be even just one person out there who has a mental illness who would read this and realize that what they are not alone and that other people have mental illnesses, well that makes this a wonderful book.

What I really like about Her is that even though the protagonist is working through BPD, that’s not all we get to see. We are introduced to people who were sexually abused as children, who are heroin addicts, who have eating disorders, who are schizophrenic. We see a lot, and I think that is really great for introducing readers to a large number of things that we may not necessarily come into contact with every day. It showcases mental issues that a lot of people have, and it does a really good job at making them more understandable, empathizable and accessible.

There was one thing that didn’t quite sit well with me about Her. There were characters that were obviously Christian, and they were the employees at the mental hospital. They spoke about their faith with Kristen, and Kristen automatically accepted what they told her without questioning or investigating on her own. On one hand, I know what it’s like to need something to hope for when suffering from depression and clinging to faith for that hope… but on the other hand, it would have felt a lot less like we were being witnessed to if there was even a character who was representative of another faith… or even who was an atheist.

The characters in this seemed thoroughly developed – especially Kristen, who shows the different aspects of BPD well. One thing I did find was that, because of the fact that Kristen has BPD and the story was being told from her perspective, I couldn’t always trust what seemed to be happening to actually be happening. Characters often seemed to go from calm to screaming in a matter of seconds with little to provoke them. Or seemed to be pushing Kristen to do or feel a certain way and not understanding that she couldn’t just hit a switch to make everything better. (This actually is how a lot of people react to mental illnesses, and so I’m really glad it was illustrated here how frustrating and agonizing it can be when someone tells a person with a mental illness to “just not be depressed” or whatever.)

The Bottom Line

I will definitely be looking forward to reading more by Johnson, and recommend this book to people who are living with a mental illness – whether in themselves, their family or a friend.

Storytime at Laurel Heights Hospital, Sponsored by Personality Disorders Awareness Network (PDAN)

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Today, I’m participating in Storytime at Laurel Heights Hospital Foster Care Network, Sponsored by Personality Disorders Awareness Network (PDAN). Laurel Heights specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with complex psychiatric and behavioral problems, co-occurring developmental disabilities and autism.

I will be sharing a story called An Umbrella for Alex about a child learning to deal with his mother’s emotional dysregulation with a group of children. My review for An Umbrella For Alex: http://bit.ly/1pBJc1G

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International Women’s Festivals and The Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® Awards in Santa Barbara California

From The Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® awards Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GutsyGalAwardNominees

“Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® award recipients are incredible role models for all. Their stories, once told, become the foundation for possibility,” said Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® founder, Deborah Hutchison. “By giving our awards at the Women’s Festivals and other events, we hope to launch a movement to inspire girls and women across the world to be courageous, confident, and have the desire to drive their own destinies. The Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® awards are presented to inspirational and gutsy women.

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“We’re highlighting Gutsy Gal award nominee Felicia “Fee” Johnson today! Fee overcame tremendous physical and psychological adversity to become an inspirational author, mental health worker and child abuse survivor (and ice cream lover) who strives to empower others, particularly youth.

Fee’s debut novel, “Her,” is a survivor’s tale of endurance that illustrates the complex illness of Borderline Personality Disorder. The book currently has a 4.5/5 star rating on GoodReads.com and a 4.6/5 star rating on Amazon.com.

‘Despite every curve ball life has thrown her, Felicia remains stronger and more gutsy than anyone I have known and she inspires me to do my best every day,’one nominator says of Fee. ‘…she lovingly gives of her time and effort to help children who may have no one,’ says another.

To learn more about the phenomenal and fabulous Fee, come to the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® Award ceremony at the 2014 Women’s Festival on March 7 & 8! We’ll be honoring her and our other amazing nominees. Thank you for all you do, Fee! We’re proud to call you a Gutsy Gal.”

Come see me in Santa Barbara, California on March 7th through March 9th for the International Women’s Festivals: Building a Better Future for Women and the World. Check out: https://www.facebook.com/womensfestivals for more information.

Safety First Is Murphy’s Law Blogtalkradio show Featuring Author Felicia Johnson

Safety First Is Murphy’s Law Blogtalkradio show Featuring Author Felicia Johnson

Tracey Murphy of Safety 1st is Murphy’s Law – “Tonight’s show on Safety 1st is Murphy’s Law at 5pm pst 8pm est, will be powerful in many ways, our special guest Fee Johnson is speaking out about the importance of understanding borderline personality disorder BPD. Through her own experience of losing her best friend to mental illness and working through her own grief and onto recovery, gaining a degree in psychology, working on her masters with the goal of a phd specializing in personality disorders. Her inspirational passion will capture your attention as she takes you through her book ‘Her’, sharing her the passion to bring awareness and educate others about the depths and dynamics of BPD.”

Tune in tonight at 8pm EST to the show here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missingandexploited/2013/10/15/safety-first-is-murphys-law#.UlxA99DV4IE.facebook

Find us at: www.facebook.com/Safety1stisMurphysLaw

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www.voices-amplified.com

Black & White Thinking – A symptom associated with BPD – Borderline Personality Disorder

Loving1today: Loving1with Black and White Thinking.


This is contributed by community member Fee Johnson for Loving1withmentalillness.com

Black and white thinking is one of the classic symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Black and white thinking is characterized by the following statements:
“I love you”
“I hate you”
“Stay with me”
“Leave me alone”
They push you away, then pull you back in. You will find these types of behaviors in relationships with those who have BPD.

There is a lot of polarized thinking while living with BPD. The sufferer has to be perfect and good, or else they are bad. In their world, there is to be no in between. Even one mistake, no matter how small or trivial, can make a person with BPD feel as if they are a failure and do not deserve to live.

When you care for someone who has BPD, this can sometimes be confusing, and hard to deal with. In order to support someone with BPD in becoming more stable in their emotions, help them settle these extreme thoughts and behaviors.

It is important to recognize the symptoms and behavioral patterns to find an in between. Instead of giving into the extremes of the black and white thinking, you can help the person with BPD find areas of grey. Understanding, patience, and empathy are needed.
You can help guide an emotionally unstable person to a place where they can accept that one mistake doesn’t make them bad. The world is not black or white and good or bad. Therefore, we can appreciate the shades of grey and thus help balance our lives into healthier directions.

Support our community member Fee by clicking on the link below to access her book “Her” which illustrates what it is like to live with BPD.

Black and White Thinking: Written by Fee Johnson, Edited by Debra DeLash
www.herthebook.com

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