Journey to an Enriching Life: From Mental Illness to Wholeness (Paperback)
In discussing the causes and her experience of mental illness, the author pulls no punches regarding her pain and the difficulties she experienced during her ten years of treatment and recovery.
In this book, she shares her experiences of five mental health hospitalizations. She describes the first as more like an emergency room where they stabilize you to free up a bed for someone else. The day after discharge, she was actively suicidal.
Her second mental health hospitalization was both more helpful and longer (eight weeks). She developed many more skills and learned the value of group therapy.
She was correctly diagnosed in her third mental health hospitalization and developed the specific skills she would need to recover from her particular diagnosis.
Maureen reveals her experience in three different intensive outpatient programs (IOP). The first met for three hours, three days a week. The second met for twelve hours a day for a week. The third was individualized for her with one of her therapists from the second IOP who had been trained in cutting-edge methods of healing preverbal trauma.
Despite all her work and the progress she made, Maureen required two more mental health hospitalizations before she finally identified the root cause of her illness and received God's healing.
This book, through sharing the difficult yet successful path from mental illness to healing, can be a resource for patients and families.