Getting better is about learning to handle a generic sense of doubt and uncertainty. Even as an adult, she could not find proper help for many years and suffered tremendously. It was sort of funny, standing here like Wonder Woman while speaking imperiously at the wall. She is a delight in person, and writes true to who she is. Unless they seek help — and this book is a great start, I think.
I may or may not be burning down the house and killing all my pets. I said my script again, as forcefully and powerfully as I could. How, for example, could she have been misdiagnosed so many times? Is Fred in the Refrigerator? With an Afterword by Reid Wilson, PhD offering powerful guidance for applying Shala's strategies in daily life, Is Fred in the Refrigerator? Even her senior year roommate and fellow sorority sister didn't know the torture she endured on a daily basis, because as a young child Shala perfectly followed the rule her monster created in her mind: that she could never tell anyone about her darkest thoughts, or all the horrifying images her creative oppressor placed in her mind would come true, her family and friends would be destroyed, and it would be all her fault. I stared out the window in wonder at this paradigm shift. Who will benefit from reading this book? Others inspire as they chronicle the struggle to recover. Shala is a wonderful and engaging storyteller and this combined with her raw honesty make this a a tale that is heartbreaking, heartwarming, and an inspiration.
If you've ever read a blog post of mine and enjoyed it, you will love Is Fred in the Refrigerator? But more important is that the opposite is also true: people can influence how they think and feel by their choice of body language. The theater where my mind and I engaged in a never-ending, exhausting pas de deux. This book stands firm as one of the best out there. Looking forward to an audiobook version! You see, Shala is a personal friend and asked me to review an advance copy. Ultimately, though, what I loved most about Fred is that it empowers the reader. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Shala is a wonderful and engaging storyteller and this combined with her raw honesty make this a a tale that is heartbreaking, heartwarming, and an inspiration.
It describes the ongoing dialoging dual between the two demons in her mind: the monster obsessive compulsive disorder and the salesman body dysmorphic disorder. I could hardly believe the power of my new exposure strategy. It would take years longer to piece together the keys to recovery that would change her life forever, beginning with the day she broke her monster's silence. It goes something like this: A child is suddenly overcome by crippling anxiety that has no seemingly rational basis. As someone who struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, reading this book was like talking with an old friend. We are going to try this.
Standing tall and speaking powerfully did seem to make me feel more powerful. This story made me laugh, and cry and laugh again. Written with courage and precision—the anatomy of a potentially incapacitating mental illness laid bare. More importantly, she knew to obey her mind's Rule 1: keep its secret, or risk losing everything and everyone she loved. One is as though nothing is a miracle. Preparing this blog post, however, reminded me it's the most powerful tool in my arsenal. I guess that is because most of those suffering from this.
Then, as Fred wriggled around in my hands, one of his toenails scratched my finger. She is cofounder, with Jeff Bell, of BeyondtheDoubt. What makes this true story even better is that Shala went back to school and made a mid life change in careers. Openly Shala shares the ups and downs of her struggle. Shala and her book are great gifts to our community. I think we should stop reading it. Wilson had been the first person in my life to acknowledge that of course I was angry, that of course all of us in the group were angry.
Thwarted repeatedly as she struggles to escape the clutches of these formidable foes, she finally stumbles upon an unexpected path to freedom. Further, once someone starts treatment, it can take months or years to recover from the devastation of the disorder. Might as well and leave her alone. I guess that is because most of those suffering from this. This is actually quite an incredible book.
The doctors predicted that she would walk again, although one leg might be shorter than the other. We are all works in progress. Is Fred in the Refrigerator? The stories in the book and the medical information so intricately woven throughout provide hope not just for the author, but for everyone. So, it took me longer than some to read, I would guess. Nicely's a natural storyteller, so reading this book is like settling in to read a long, intimate letter from a friend. More able to be in the present moment.