Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A Secret Life by James S. Juliana - Book Tour + Giveaway

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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Author Interview
Why do you think people want to hear from an OCD sufferer? 
Estimates vary as to how many people suffer from some form of OCD in the United States today. There may be three to five million people who suffer from OCD in the United States. This number includes a significant number of children and adolescents. Dealing with OCD can be debilitating and extremely harmful. Statistics show a significant number of people suffering from mental illness attempt and/or commit suicide every year. I have always believed I had a moral responsibility to share my story of living with OCD, because my life reflects a positive side to the OCD phenomenon. As a teacher I know my students related well to real stories I told rather than to lectures or reading from a textbook. Individuals naturally respond more favorably to information with which they can relate.

Do you have a hobby or hobbies?
My primary free time activity is reading, especially biographies of famous historical figures or historical non-fiction. I thoroughly enjoy gardening which I inherited from my father and his father. I love working in the dirt. And I love creating bouquets of flowers from my garden for my LOL, three daughters and other special ladies. I like to make birdhouses and other garden ornaments.

Do you snack while you write?
I do not eat while writing. I do not like any distractions and prefer complete quiet. I hide myself somewhere quiet within our house and usually work for several hours, early in the morning, before taking a break.

What was your children’s specific reactions to your book?
 Our oldest daughter expressed deep appreciation to me for having written the book. Our second oldest daughter has chosen not to read the book. This daughter probably has the most significant degree of OCD symptoms within her life. Our youngest daughter was overwhelmed with the severity of the obsessions and compulsions with which her father had to deal. Our son, who also deals with OCD symptoms, was much more analytical and more easily dismissive of the affects of OCD on his life.

Who has been inspirational to you in your writing career? 
The two most important women in my life have been most inspirational to me in deciding to write the book. My mother Bette and my wife Betsy are the two finest individuals I have ever known. Both Mom and Betsy devoted their lives to others and inspired me to write a book for OCD sufferers. Both my mother and without question, Betsy, have been the most influential supporters in my life's struggle to overcome OCD.

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

Tour Schedule:

June 15 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 15 - Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway

June 16 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 16 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight

June 17 – novelsnerd – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 17 - T's Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 18 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway

June 18 - Laura's Interests - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 19 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 19 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 22 – Books for Books – book spotlight

June 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 23 - Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 24 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway

June 24 - Rainy Day Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 25 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview /giveaway

June 26 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

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