The typical reasons for someone to write a book about depression are a personal struggle, a family tragedy, or perhaps a tale of success in dealing with the ugly beast. My reason for writing the book Dealing With Depression On Your Own Couch; A Neuropsychologist’s Practical Guide is not quite as dramatic. In fact, it all started out on a gorgeous, sunny beach overlooking the Pacific.
When I met Ahmad, I was a crazy, twenty-something from Michigan living the California dream. I was renting a roach-infested apartment that was close enough for me to walk to the beach. All of my free time was spent on a strip of sand that, unbeknownst to me at the time, was basically Ahmad’s back yard. He was a stable, thirty-something from Persia, living in a beautiful beach house just yards from the water. He never told me where he lived or what he did when we first became friends. I would just see him from time to time and we would talk. I found him very easy to talk to. In retrospect, our conversations were mostly me talking and him listening. It wasn’t until I moved away that he revealed his profession to me, joking that he should have been charging me $80 per hour for all of his advice.
Dr. Ahmad Vahedian, PhD, is a Board-Certified Neuropsychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in his field. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians, and an Alumnus of the University of Arizona, with an advanced fellowship in Neuropsychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. I’m still not sure how we became friends but we did. We came from completely different cultural, social, economic, and religious backgrounds yet, somehow, we just meshed. Our relationship was more like brother/sister than doctor/patient, even though I know he helped me through a lot of life-decisions. To be fair, I also helped him through a lot of bad relationships!
When I left California, we kept in touch via snail-mail (Oops. I just aged myself). Since I had a degree in journalism, and English was not Ahmad’s first language, over the years he would ask me to help him edit a few things for publication. As every writer knows, it’s an occupational hazard that all of your friends ask you to “look over” things they have written. By this time, I was married and starting a family, so the opportunity to help write articles for the Los Angeles Times and various Medical Journals kept my Mommy-mind sharp. Ahmad’s practice was booming and he needed help with billing, as well as editing. I was someone he could trust so a symbiotic working relationship developed that lasted sixteen years.
One of the things I edited on a regular basis were confidential patient progress reports. Through the written word, I witnessed the transformation of Dr. Vahedian’s nameless patients from the deep chasm of depression to the bright light of a healthy, joyful life. I saw first-hand how powerful and vitally important mental healthcare is. I also saw the stigma that existed surrounding this type of care, as well as the roadblocks to receiving it. Many of the reports I worked on were to insurance companies denying care, or worker’s compensation lawyers awarding or taking away benefits. That is when my light bulb went on.
I felt compelled to share the proven methods of self-help and clinical wisdom of a highly educated, experienced neuropsychiatrist with the general public. After all, not everyone gets free therapy on the beach. I really wanted to help make mental health care more accessible. Therefore, I asked Ahmad if I could put his notes into a book. His first priority was and is his patients so he agreed to let me take the lead and, with his blessing, the book was born.
I believe Dealing With Depression On Your Own Couch; A Neuropsychologist’s Practical Guide is a gift, though not a substitution, for those people unable or unwilling to obtain professional help. It’s not a best seller but, if it helps just one person out there, that alone is worth it. In a nutshell, the following quotes sum up my book’s backstory perfectly.
“Don’t withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.” (Proverbs 3:27)
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
Kelly McCardy-Fuller is a freelance writer with a degree in Journalism, Summa Cum Laude from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has written countless reports, journals, articles and peer publications in the Neuropsychology field with Dr. Vahedian, as well as penned their first book, Dealing With Depression On Your Own Couch; A Neuropsychologist’s Practical Guide. Kelly has previous experience in hospitality management, technical editing and fitness instruction. She is currently working as a freelance/ghost writer, and is penning her first novel. She has two children and a wonderful husband, and enjoys travel, sports and volunteer work in her community.
This book is available from the publisher, BookLocker.com, as well as from Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, and many other stores. If purchasing from BookLocker, use this discount code when checking out to get 10% off: Backstory
How do authors get their ideas for books? And, at what point in their lives did these creative individuals decide they wanted to be authors?? READ MORE BOOK BACKSTORIES AND AUTHOR BACKSTORIES RIGHT HERE!
DO YOU HAVE AN AUTHOR OR BOOK BACKSTORY TO SHARE? Please read our guidelines RIGHT HERE.
How Many Copies Of Your Book Would You Have To Sell In Order To Break Even?
Writing FAST: How to Write Anything with Lightning Speed
A systematic approach to writing that generates better quality quickly!
Chock full of ideas, tips, techniques and inspiration, this down-to-earth book is easy to read, and even easier to apply. Let author Jeff Bollow take you through a process that brings your ideas to the page faster, more powerfully and easier than ever before.
Read more here:
90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy
Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.
We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts
and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!
Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor,
which makes it fun for creative folks like you!
Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!
7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER - Revised and Expanded Edition
At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.
And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!
Acquisition Editor Tam Mossman shares seven essentials every book needs to stay in print, and sell!
Read more here: