My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me

My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me Review

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If I told you I’d been to twenty-four Countries (twenty-one by the time I was twenty-two), that I’d worked in Japan for nine months, toured Australia for six months, enjoyed seven months in Thailand and met and campaigned for the Orangutan in Borneo, you might think that I was pretty lucky.
If I told you I’d worked in the hotel industry, for a sexual health department in a hospital and with prisoners in a drug cell block of a male prison, that I’d worked as a recruitment consultant, in so many office jobs I’ve lost count, as well as having my own company and multiple websites, at age thirty-six, then you might think I’ve had an interesting life.
But if I added to that a mix of child rape, mental health problems, promiscuity, drug taking, alcohol abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, violence, mood swings, obsession, jealousy, loss of self worth, being raised by a mentally ill mother, bankruptcy, thyroid and gastro problems and public masturbation in school at age nine, then I am not sure what you’d think.
But this is me; Amanda Green. This is my life, my story; my journey back to me from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD and Borderline Personality Disorder – mental illness which manifested during my life and came out ‘to it’s peak’ in my thirties.
I was able to use my collection of mementos, photos, diaries, journals, letters, emails and text messages of my past to finally see who I had become, and more importantly with a combination of therapy, medication and my writing, how I became that alien self and how I found the real me.

The editor (Debz Hobbs-Wyatt) adds…
This is the journey of a normal working class girl, trapped in a roller coaster world of disorder and excitement, love and joy, depression and anger – and her fight against stigma
While My Alien Self would be inspiring for any sufferer, their families or medical teams in its honest insights into living with a mental illness, it also has universal appeal. For who, at times, has not felt their life spin into chaos and wondered what is normal? This story effectively and openly highlights just how fine the line is between what is normal, and what is ‘mental illness’ And everyone who reads it will be able to relate to it.

Contains explicit language and sexual scenes

Title:My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me
Edition Language:English

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    I believe I've never read a memoir before in my life. I read biographies when I was young -- used to love them back then, but never memoirs.Nevertheless, the moment I read the description of “My Ali...

  • Simone Smith

    I downloaded this book to read, as I have family members who are suffering with Mental Illness and have also worked in the mental health sector and was intrigued to read about someone who not only for...

  • Amanda Green

    Ha ha, well I could so I did! I like it a lot anyway and my editor did me proud with this very honest memoir of mine! :-) ...

  • Samantha

    I felt that for me, My Alien Self did two important things; it gave an honest portrayal of living with a mental illness thereby educating and demystifying it, and it gave hope and inspiration to those...

  • Rachael Phillips

    I read this book a few weeks ago and struggled to find the words to write a review. Not because I didn't like it but because I wanted to do it justice. I believe many will relate to a book like this e...

  • Jasmine Bath

    While reading “My Alien Self” I often felt off kilter, as if what I was reading was going off in several different directions at once and then when I realized that Amanda Green was actually convey...

  • Elizabeth

    I share some of Amanda's background as my mother had schizophrenia & Bipolar disorder. It started when I was 5 years old. Feelings related by Amanda of her mother really hit home for me. Some of these...

  • Doreen

    It takes great courage for a writer to disclose the darkest, most embarrassing situations that have occurred in her life. Is such a memoir simply an ‘airing of dirty laundry,’ an act of grandiosit...

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    This book is great ... I cannot recommend it highly enough ... Well written and brutally honest ... It's a moving, inspiring and exciting read from cover to cover ...This memoir is a must have read fo...