Psychologist Reveals Battles with Depression and Suicide in New Fiction

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In his newly published book, titled “Seven Lives,” author George Herrman creatively crafts a dramatic tale based on true events after the 9/11 attacks.

News Image,,20507781,00.html “[Depression] is more common than AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined, and nearly 400,000 people attempt suicide in the U.S. every year,” states Lynne Peeples in her article 15 Myths and Facts About Suicide and Depression in Impelled by such baffling reports and statistics, author George Herrman pens and publishes a new drama based on true events, titled Seven Lives.

Seven Lives takes place post 9/11 in a suburban area outside of Atlanta, Georgia. The main character, Mark Cots, a psychologist specializes in helping people who are battling depression and more specifically those who are contemplating suicide. After years of listening to people’s stories of gruesome tragedies he is pushed down a path of drugs, alcohol and his own fetish with suicide, just to cope with his job.

After losing his job, a divorce, and an addiction to prescription pills, Mark is on a downward spiral until one day he finds his calling, helping young veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan cope with being back home. Mark’s vocation to help veterans has become his very own redemption, and a striking example that service towards other people’s needs may be a therapeutic way out of one’s own trials and tribulations.

An eye-opening tale about the most controversial issues in modern-day society, Seven Lives reveals the lights and shadows of depression, suicide, drugs, alcohol, and divorce to help readers have a better understanding of the plight of people who suffer from them. Herrman has indeed creatively crafted a story that delivers a powerful and empowering story to help society face its pressing problems.

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About the Author
George Herrman is from East Peoria, Ill and was born in 1972. He graduated from East Peoria Community High School in 1991. Soon after graduation, he enlisted in the Army where he spent four years working on electronic devices and achieved a remarkable military career by attaining the rank of Sergeant before his discharge in 1995. Upon leaving the military he started his college career at a local community college, Illinois Central College (ICC) and at the same time worked for Sonitrol, an electronic security company located in Peoria, Ill. After graduating with his Associates Degree he transferred to Western Illinois University (WIU) where he received both a Bachelors and Masters of Science Degrees in I.T.T. After graduating from WIU, Herrman spent the next nine years working for the Department of Defense as a project manager at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. In 2008, he received his ham radio or amateur radio license (KC9OEN) and enjoys working stations around the country and the world. Currently, Herrman spends a majority of his time writing and when he is not doing that he can be found looking after his twin sons and being the best husband he can be.

Seven Lives * by George Herrman
Based on True Events
Publication Date: February 18, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 200 pages; 978-1-4797-9254-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 200 pages; 978-1-4797-9255-9
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-9256-6

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