Unfiltered

KJ Redelinghuys

Blurb

Were a benevolent genie to grant my wishes, apart from world peace, an end to poverty and equality for all, I would ask for only two things. The first is that someone would design a virtual reality simulation, where people who don’t acknowledge anxiety and depression experience the full wrath of a panic attack and the ferociousness of suicidality. I think that after a few minutes of agony, their perception would completely change. My second wish would be to view myself through the eyes of loved ones, to see the potential they see in me, even for a couple of seconds…

 

Living with major depressive disorder and the ensuing chaos of attempted suicide has drastically changed my perspective on life. Although it debilitates me to various degrees, it enables me to see the world differently. I think if it had not been for depression, I would not have become as understanding, accepting and accommodating toward others. Thus, depression is my double-edged sword. On the one hand it provides me with a wealth of knowledge, experience and creativity, but on the other it persistently pushes me closer to the edge. Perhaps having a mental illness is a gift, albeit an unwanted one, and if I spend sufficient time exploring and scrutinizing this gift, I may eventually use the beneficial aspects of it to pay it forward to society. This would be a dream come true. I hope this book is a helpful contribution to educating sufferers, their families and friends, and those who will deal with sufferers in the workplace.

Blurb

Were a benevolent genie to grant my wishes, apart from world peace, an end to poverty and equality for all, I would ask for only two things. The first is that someone would design a virtual reality simulation, where people who don’t acknowledge anxiety and depression experience the full wrath of a panic attack and the ferociousness of suicidality. I think that after a few minutes of agony, their perception would completely change. My second wish would be to view myself through the eyes of loved ones, to see the potential they see in me, even for a couple of seconds…

 

Living with major depressive disorder and the ensuing chaos of attempted suicide has drastically changed my perspective on life. Although it debilitates me to various degrees, it enables me to see the world differently. I think if it had not been for depression, I would not have become as understanding, accepting and accommodating toward others. Thus, depression is my double-edged sword. On the one hand it provides me with a wealth of knowledge, experience and creativity, but on the other it persistently pushes me closer to the edge. Perhaps having a mental illness is a gift, albeit an unwanted one, and if I spend sufficient time exploring and scrutinizing this gift, I may eventually use the beneficial aspects of it to pay it forward to society. This would be a dream come true. I hope this book is a helpful contribution to educating sufferers, their families and friends, and those who will deal with sufferers in the workplace.

About The Book

Unfiltered is a tell-all mental health memoir, relating in detail my grueling encounters with anxiety and depression over the past decade. A star performer on the sports field and academic stalwart, I seemed to be on track to achieve great success. A turn of events however saw my life head into turmoil. I found myself in a deep, dark, inescapable place, a place far beyond my frame of reference. After a botched suicide attempt as a teenager, I was admitted to a psychiatric ward in 2007, where I was officially diagnosed with major depressive disorder (recurrent) at the age of seventeen. After a year of homeschooling, my academic marks dropped significantly. Academic decline, ailing self-confidence, and self-doubt saw me venturing into a different career than I had originally envisioned. Since my diagnosis, my life has been a whirlwind;

I have achieved feats, such as getting married and obtaining a PhD, but I have failed dismally at numerous other endeavors. After another psychiatric ward visit, multiple suicide attempts, and going down a path of selfdestruction, I finally had that ‘aha’ moment in life and I come to the realization that there is a reason why I’m still alive, a reason that transcends coincidence or luck. In this book I share my quest to find that reason.

…it’s not only the so-called ‘crazy’ people that end up in psychiatric wards. It’s hard-working, funny, generous, considerate, kind, and burnt out people; people who gave too much of themselves at grave personal risk.

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About the author

KJ Redelinghuys is a South African-based post-doctoral research fellow. He holds a PhD in Industrial Psychology from the North-West University, with a keen interest in what enables employees to feel and function well. His love for writing was cultivated by his career in academia. He has been dealing with anxiety and depression for over a decade and hopes that he can make a meaningful contribution to the mental health community.

KJ Redelinghuys

Grappling With Mental Illness

Unfiltered

Unfiltered is a tell-all mental health memoir, relating in detail my gruelling encounters with anxiety and depression over the past decade

Another quote in honor of #suicidepreventionmonth

If you are struggling at the moment, I hope you feel better soon 💚💚💚

"Do I want to be dead? I guess not, but death sometimes seems to be the only place where I can be free of this ever-present anarchy that continuously corrupts my mind. I desperately long for a place where I can detach myself from this never-ending noise that infests me with guilt, doubt, incompetence, emptiness, failure, uncertainty, hopelessness, worthlessness, meaninglessness, and dissatisfaction. I don’t want to be dead, I merely want to be free!" - KJ Redelinghuys, Unfiltered: Grappling with mental illness

If you'd like to read more about my journey with suicidal thoughts and suicidal ideation, there is a link in my bio.

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A difficult subject to talk about, yet so necessary. If you are struggling at the moment, I hope you feel better soon 💚💚💚

"So, for those experiencing suicidal thoughts, there is absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about, be ashamed of, or feel guilty about. Please reach out. Getting help does not make you a coward, low-life, attention-seeking, inferior, weak, unworthy, or any other derogatory terms people may spew at you. Being courageous enough to seek help takes superhuman strength. You deserve to feel better." - KJ Redelinghuys, Unfiltered: Grappling with mental illness.

If you'd like to read more about my journey with suicidal thoughts and suicidal ideation, there is a link in my bio. 

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Another quote in honor of #suicidepreventionmonth 

If you are struggling at the moment, I hope you feel better soon 💚💚💚

"Attempting suicide is one of the most intense, terrifying, and traumatic things one can ever experience in their lifetime. No human is designed to kill himself/herself" - KJ Redelinghuys, Unfiltered: Grappling with mental illness

If you'd like to read more about my journey with suicidal thoughts and suicidal ideation, there is a link in my bio. 

#bookstagram #instabooks #authorsofinstagram #kdp #amazonbooks #kindle #depression #anxiety #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawareness #depressionhelp #depressionawareness #anxietyawareness #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #memoir
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A difficult subject to talk about, yet so necessary. If you are struggling at the moment, I hope you feel better soon 💚💚💚

"Whenever I tried to commit suicide, I didn’t try to kill myself. I tried to bury someone I no longer knew. Someone without a smile, hope, dreams, purpose, dignity, or lust for life." - KJ Redelinghuys, Unfiltered: Grappling with mental illness

If you'd like to read more about my journey with suicidal thoughts and suicidal ideation, there is a link in my bio. 

#bookstagram #instabooks #authorsofinstagram #kdp #amazonbooks #kindle #depression #anxiety #mentalhealthmatters #depressionawareness #depressionhelp #depressionawareness #anxietyawareness #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #memoir #suicideprevention
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Kindle version available for free today 🙂🙂🙂 see the link at the bottom

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Another quote from my book "Unfiltered: Grappling with mental illness" for #mentalhealthawarenessmonth

If you'd like to read more:

amazon.com/dp/B08BFTD2ZP

https://www.takealot.com/unfiltered.../PLID71122781

https://kjredelinghuys.com/

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Another quote from my book "Unfiltered: Grappling with mental illness" for #mentalhealthawarenessmonth

If you'd like to read more:

https://www.takealot.com/unfiltered.../PLID71122781

https://kjredelinghuys.com/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BFTD2ZP

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Another quote from my book "Unfiltered: Grappling with mental illness" for #mentalhealthawarenessmonth

If you'd like to read more:

https://www.takealot.com/unfiltered.../PLID71122781
https://kjredelinghuys.com/

#mentalhealthawareness #depressionawareness #depressionandanxiety #depressionisreal #anxietyawareness #mentalhealth #anxiety #depression #instamood #instabooks #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #kdp #amazonbooks #kindleunlimitedbooks
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Another quote from my book "Unfiltered: Grappling with mental illness" for #mentalhealthawarenessmonth

If you'd like to read more:

https://www.takealot.com/unfiltered.../PLID71122781

https://kjredelinghuys.com/

#mentalhealthawareness #depressionawareness #depressionandanxiety #depressionisreal #anxietyawareness #mentalhealth #anxiety #depression #instamood #instabooks #bookstagram #authorsofinstagram
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On the brink of #mentalhealthawarenessmonth (May 2021), I will be posting quotes from my book "Unfiltered: Grappling with mental illness" for the next 31 days where I share my struggles with #anxiety and #depression.

Talking about #mentalhealth is not attention-seeking, a sign of weakness, a character flaw, or any other thing people accuse you of when they have no idea what you're going through.

Talking about #mentalhealthmatters encourages a space for others to open up, get things off their chest, and help them to get the treatment they are worthy of.

If you like to read more:

https://www.amazon.com/Unfiltered-Grappling-Illness-KJ-Redelinghuys-ebook/dp/B08BFTD2ZP

https://www.takealot.com/unfiltered.../PLID71122781

https://kjredelinghuys.com/

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In my mental health memoir Unfiltered: Grappling with mental illness, I invite people to my inner world of anxiety and depression, detailing how it has influenced various aspects of my life, including my emotions, thoughts, work, finances, relationships, and physical health. I cover multiple topics such as suicidality, psychiatric ward visits, substance abuse, fatigue, loss of interest and motivation, lack of pleasure in things, changes in weight and appetite, anxiety, guilt, low self-esteem, indecision, uncertainty, being on edge, loneliness, and what I think of stigma and stereotypes. I also share some important messages for people living with mental illness, as well as their spouses, friends, colleagues, employers, mental health authorities, and the ignorant. Furthermore, I share what I have learned, what has worked for me in the past, and the amazing things I would have missed if my suicide attempts were successful. It's real, it's raw, it's honest, and I hope that it can make a difference. 
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The kindle version is available on https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BFTD2ZP
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Quotes from my book can be read on https://www.goodreads.com/.../84530741-unfiltered...
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Paperback versions are also available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0620867620 or https://www.takealot.com/unfiltered.../PLID71122781
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Tomorrow the kindle version of my mental health memoir will be free to download from Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BFTD2ZP 💚
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In my mental health memoir Unfiltered, I invite people to my inner world of anxiety and depression, detailing how it has influenced various aspects of my life, including my emotions, thoughts, work, finances, relationships, and physical health. I cover multiple topics such as suicidality, psychiatric ward visits, substance abuse, fatigue, loss of interest and motivation, lack of pleasure in things, changes in weight and appetite, anxiety, guilt, low self-esteem, indecision, uncertainty, being on edge, loneliness, and what I think of stigma and stereotypes. I also share some important messages for people living with mental illness, as well as their spouses, friends, colleagues, employers, mental health authorities, and the ignorant. Furthermore, I share what I have learned, what has worked for me in the past, and the amazing things I would have missed if my suicide attempts were successful. It's real, it's raw, it's honest, and I hope that it can make a difference. 
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Quotes from my book can be read on https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/84530741-unfiltered-grappling-with-mental-illness
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Paperback versions are also available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0620867620 or https://www.takealot.com/unfiltered-grappling-with-mental-illness/PLID71122781
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#mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #depression #anxiety #ocd #bipolar #schizophrenia #bpd #bookstagram #instabooks #authorsofinstagram #kindle #amazonbooks #memoir #writersofinstagram
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