Innovative new book details celebrities' battles with mental illness

A new book, supported by the Priory Group, aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding mental illness and change the perceptions held of those suffering with a mental health condition.

‘What’s Normal Anyway?’ by Anna Gekoski and Steve Broome features ten candid first-person accounts of mental illness from some of the UK’s most prominent names.

Telling the stories of the successes and failures of various treatments and techniques, their stories are also ones of recovery, positivity and acceptance and illustrate that mental illness does not have to be a bar to achievement, happiness and fulfilment in life.

The ten celebrities* share their experiences of a range of conditions including bipolar, anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, OCD, eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, nervous breakdowns and suicide attempts.  Each story graphically describes the effect on families, experiences of stigma and the need to fight the social taboos still associated with this type of illness.

*Alastair Campbell, Bill Oddie, Trish Goddard, Alicia Douvall, Tasha Danvers, Richard Mabey, Stephanie Cole, Dean Windass, Charles Walker MP, Kevan Jones MP

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