Author(s): Anna Gekoski
Nobody is immune from mental ill health, not even celebrities...We all know someone who suffers from mental illness. It may be a family member, friend, neighbour, or colleague. Now or in the future, it might be you. Here, for the first time, ten celebrities share their experiences of conditions including depression and anxiety, bipolar disorder and OCD, eating disorders and body dysmorphia. From Premiership footballer Dean Windass, to TV presenter Trisha Goddard, their candid first-person accounts detail the day-to-day reality of living with a mental health disorder, as well as the nervous breakdowns, stays in psychiatric hospitals, and suicide attempts. They also show that, ultimately, mental illness need not limit achievement, happiness, and fulfilment in life. These frank and honest stories help us to better understand mental illness, offer practical coping strategies, and give encouragement and solace for everyone out there who feels they are suffering alone. What's Normal Anyway? shows that nobody is immune from mental ill health and shares powerful messages of positivity and hope.
Contributors include: Bill Oddie, Alicia Douvall, Alastair Campbell, Stephanie Cole, Kevan Jones, Dean Windass, Trisha Goddard, Charles Walker, Tasha Danvers and Richard Mabey.
Through candid first-person accounts from some of the most well-known people in their fields - including an actor, footballer, TV presenter, Olympic medallist, two politicians, and a broadcaster and author - this book illustrates how nobody is immune from mental illness.
Dr Anna Gekoski has worked as a journalist and writer, and more recently has conducted research in the field of forensic psychology. During her time as a national news--paper reporter she was the ghost-writer for the bestselling Sara Payne: A Mother's Story. She is also the author of Murder by Numbers, a psychological analysis of the childhoods of British serial killers. Anna has degrees in philosophy, criminology, and psychology, and a doctorate in forensic psychology. Steve Broome is an experienced social and economic researcher and interviewer, having spent the past fifteen years conducting projects in areas such as mental health, sub-stance misuse, unemployment, social inclusion, economic development, and crime. He now works as Director of Research at the Royal Society of Arts, the internationally renowned think-tank.