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Gillian Smith

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Throughout her life, Gillian struggled with depression and anxiety. In a time before we had ever heard the terms 'depression' or 'mental stigma', she suffered in silence, afraid to tell anyone of the darkness clouding her mind, in fear that she would be labelled as crazy. When the depression followed her into adulthood, she stopped trying to outrun it and accepted it with open arms into her live, as part of herself, and the driving force behind the person she has become today. During her darker moments, she found solace in the pages of empty notebooks, where she wrote about her deepest and darkest thoughts, the premise for what would one day become her first book. Writing her story gave her great therapy and helped her to see the path to acceptance. She hopes that by passing on her 'words of wisdom' it may be some small help to others suffering from mental illness, by showing them that they are not alone and that there is no need to be afraid. Gillian has dreamt for years of being able to call herself an author and hopes that one day she will find the time to finish some of the other stories that have been started, but not finished over the years!

Nobody makes it out of their teenage years without scars. We are all plagued with self-doubt, angst and general teenage discomfort. We have all experienced first loves and unbreakable friendships. We have all been betrayed, and we have all had our hearts broken. On top of the emotional turmoil of normal teenage life, many of us are faced with another darker challenge. My teenage years were plagued in depression, consumed by thoughts of self-loathing, paranoia, and self-harm that festered secretly out of control, almost resulting in the taking of my own life. However, it is how we carry and accept these memories in our adult lives that can make the difference, and finally lead us to happiness. It is the trials and hardships we face, just as much as the joy and love we experience, that allow us to become the people we were always meant to be. We must make ourselves.

ISBN: 978-1-913794-18-7  RRP: £8.99 (paperback) £3.50 (eBook)

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Publish date 1st April 2021

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