Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A SECRET LIFE by James S. Juliana

Join us for this tour from June 15 to June 26, 2020!

Book Details:

Book TitleA Secret Life: Enduring and Triumphing Over OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by James S. Juliana

Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 176 pages

Genre:  Self-Help, Mental Health

Publisher:  Self-Published

Release dates:   October 2019

Tour dates: June 15 to June 26, 2020

Content Rating:  PG. This self-help book deals with adult subject matter of mental illness.

Book Description:

Are you one
of the millions who reside within a secret life, a life which
constantly feels out of your own control: Are you plagued by repetitive
thoughts and/or actions which interfere with your daily activities? The
author lived for more than 40 years with an undiagnosed form of mental
illness, a phobia now known as OCD: obsessive-compulsive disorder. His
emotional pain and suffering were at times almost unmanageable. In his
mid-sixties, the author, a loving husband, father and accomplished high
school teacher and athletic coach, discovered a unique psychologist
within the Denver therapeutic community who utilizes a radical but
highly successful treatment that's allowed the author to control his OCD
symptoms almost 100%. "A Secret Life" is one of the few books written
by an OCD sufferer and descries in detail the pain and chaos living with
this illness can cause not just the victim, but those closest to him.
This story doesn't stop there, but provides readers with options and
advice dealing with OCD from someone who broke the curse of living a
secret life. Now he's ready to share his story in order to help others.

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Meet the Author:

Jim Juliana was a hard-working family man with a devoted wife and
adoring children. As a teacher, he taught numerous subjects over a
28-year career, was an assistant principal/athletic director for three
years and mentored generations of youngsters in the classroom and in
athletics. Juliana was a coach for forty years at the high school level.
Coach Juliana has been a part of two state championship teams, a city
championship team and several league title teams. He spent two years as a
college instructor and football coach. But Jim Juliana had a secret
life, one over which he had no control. For most of his life, he also
fought - and eventually defeated - an embarrassing and almost
debilitating OCD. OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety
disorder that effects three to five million adults in the US each year.
OCD involves irrational fears or repeated thoughts or obsessions that
drive an individual to engage in repetitive behaviors or compulsions.
Jim Juliana's life was finally changed when he found a therapist whose
treatment all but eliminated his OCD incidents. A Secret Life chronicles
Juliana's battle against his OCD and gives readers options and
information for treatment based on his experiences.

Connect with the author:  Website ~ Facebook

Interview with James S. Juliana

What was the hardest part of keeping your OCD a secret on the job?

Every day, I exerted as much energy dealing with the obsessions and compulsions of OCD as I did hiding those same symptoms even when not working and involved in a recreational type of activity. Until recently some OCD symptom or influence was with me almost every minute of every day. Rather than turning to alcohol, drugs, or suicide, my escape was sleeping. I know I have wasted years of my life sleeping in order to avoid confrontations with my OCD. 

You’ve been a high school and college coach. What is your favorite sport and why?

I have been a head coach at the high school level in four different sports. I was fortunate to letter in four different sports in high school and two sports in college. The sport in which I enjoyed participating the most was football with baseball a close second. The sport I enjoyed coaching was probably baseball and the sport I enjoy watching the most is baseball. I enjoyed the physical contact of playing football and I enjoyed the complexity of coaching and watching baseball. I have more recently become interested in ice hockey, lacrosse and gymnastics because of our grandchildren's participation in these sports.

What was the scariest event that happened to you as a coach?

As a head soccer coach, a player right in front of me incurred a double fracture of his lower leg. The bone protruded through his leg and I administered to him until the emergency medical team arrived on scene.

Are you considering writing another book and if so what would be the topic?

Currently, I plan to put all of my energy into promoting “A SECRET LIFE”. I genuinely believe that OCD is a very severe and debilitating form of mental illness which goes untreated for many people, especially children and adolescents. If I did write a third book, I would write about my relationship to the Catholic church and how being a Catholic affected my OCD. Was my OCD exacerbated by my deep devotion to Catholicism?

If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you what would it be?

I am not politically correct. I believe if everyone lived by the Golden Rule, treat your neighbor as you would like to be treated yourself, there would be no need for political correctness. Sometimes I think in today's world we have a tendency to overthink and overreact in certain situations. 

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