Ten-Year Battle Against Mental Illness Chronicled In New Book

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Author Maria A. Mansfield shares how faith became her guide through battle with mental health.

Unlike a broken leg or the common cold there is no single remedy or procedure for overcoming mental health disorders. This makes each individual’s story with mental illness unique and deeply personal. Maria A. Mansfield openly shares her 10-year battle with depression, anxiety and bipolar II disorder in “Life is Worth Getting Better: A Faith-Based Journey of Recovery from Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar II Disorder.”

In her debut memoir, Mansfield accounts her long-standing battle with mental illness, which came to a head with her family’s overseas move. Mansfield candidly discusses her time in group and individual therapy where she worked for 18 months to overcome her mental illnesses. She also shares the renewed sense of faith she found while receiving treatment and how she relied on God’s love to guide her through her struggles. Along the way, Mansfield pulls from her experiences to offer advice for those living with mental illness and their loved ones.

“Everyone faces their own distinctive battles when it comes to mental health, but the common thread among mental illness is the widespread effect it has on a person’s life,” Mansfield said. “With Life is Worth Getting Better, people get to see how deeply mental illness affected my life, but they also get to see how I overcame those challenges and relied on my faith as inspiration and motivation.”

Mansfield fought to overcome her long struggle with mental illnesses and now looks to use her experiences to encourage others to start their own recovery process, relying on God’s love and grace along the way. She discovered her life was worth getting better and now hopes to inspire others to see the same.

Barnes and Noble will be hosting book signings for Maria A. Mansfield’s book, Life is Worth Getting Better on the following dates:

October 15, 2016 from 12 a.m. -3 p.m. at Libbie Place Shopping Center, 5515 W Broad St., Richmond, VA, 23230

October 22, 2016 from 2 -4 p.m. at VCU Campus, 1111 W Broad St., Richmond, VA, 23284

December 11, 2016 from 3-5 p.m. at Chesterfield Towne Center, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA, 23235 (Author Panel)

For more information about the author, please visit http://www.lifeisworthgettingbetter.com.

“Life is Worth Getting Better: A Faith-Based Journey of Recovery from Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar II Disorder”
By Maria A. Mansfield
ISBN: 9781491789377 (hardcover), 9781532002151 (softcover), 9781532002168 (e-book)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iUniverse

About the author
Maria A. Mansfield writing career was inspired by her ten-year battle with depression, anxiety and bipolar II disorder which she overcame with the help of her family, her treatment and her faith. She continues her life in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two teenage sons.


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