|About the Book|
My name is Ronen David. In 2000, I was serving as an operational company commander in the Judea and Samaria area in Israel when I had my first psychotic episode while. I had been as an ordinary family man, an academic and an exemplary commander. ThatMoreMy name is Ronen David. In 2000, I was serving as an operational company commander in the Judea and Samaria area in Israel when I had my first psychotic episode while. I had been as an ordinary family man, an academic and an exemplary commander. That psychotic episode changed my life. Until that time, I had taken everything for granted, I would carry out every task in the best way and without additional thought- but after that psychotic episode, I was a wreck. I had to pick up the pieces and continue with my life.A year later, I suffered from another psychotic episode. My wife left me and we divorced. Once again, I was eager to pick up the pieces and start a new life. Half a year later, I met an amazing woman whom I married. I rehabilitated my status at work, I began to fight for my lost respect, and I published a book in Hebrew titled Psycho Bimbo. (This was also released in English under the title Psychosis. This is my autobiography, and it gives a plastic and profound description of my disorder and the resulting hospitalization. I then found myself leading a battle against the stigma of mental illness, I began appearing in the media, I wrote articles and was recruited to advocate on behalf of human rights.Many people have asked me how I was able to carry on after having a psychotic episode, how I handled it, how I was able to start a family, and how I moved forward while keeping my head high. This book was born as a result of my need to help people to learn from how I coped. The book is intended for all those people who have a personal or professional interest in psychosis.In the following chapters, you will find a lot of information on coping with psychosis. Almost all of the material is derived from my own experience and from those or people who shared their stories with me. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is dedicated to diagnosis- the second part is dedicated to recovery and maintaining a lifestyle that is as normal as possible. The book defines psychosis, its triggers, causes,, hospitalization, post-psychotic depression, disability, treatment, prevention, recovery, relationships, stigmas, individuality, and lessons.Please take into account that the book is based on my personal experiencee, the experience of hundreds of people and their families who have turned to me, and on my own reading. Therefore, I am certain that the book is not an exhaustive discussion of psychosis. I will be glad to receive feedback from you in order to add topics which merit more attention. In this manner, we can publish more extensive and up-to-date editions of the book. Please send me your thoughts at: info@PsychosisBook.comAnyone interested in a practical coping course can sign up for a free electronic course offered on my homepage: http://www.PsychosisBook.com. After signing up for the course, a new coping tip will be sent to your inbox every three days for six months.I am certain that if you apply what is written here, your road to recovery and coping in the shadow of psychosis is guaranteed.