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Finding hope : the mind-body connection and the importance of being seen and heard

ISBN: 9798989250103
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Stone Tiger Books LLC
Origin: US
Release Date: October, 2023

Book Details

This is the remarkable story of Jocelyn Bystrom’s seven-year struggle against a rare but growing, and largely undiagnosed, mental health condition known as Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), which triggered the author’s daily epileptic-like seizures, cognitive decline, thunderous headaches, and an inability to work, drive, or care properly for herself or her family. In a world where an estimated 26% of Americans ages 18 and older – or 1 in 4 adults – today suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder in any given year, millions of people worldwide may be struggling with undiagnosed FND. Indeed, experts who focus on this disorder estimate that the prevalence of FND may be more common than epilepsy. FND is an involuntary mental disorder that complicates the nervous system and interferes with the normal pathways by which the brain and body sends and receives messages. It includes a variety of physical symptoms. The disorder itself is triggered in diverse ways that include acute psychological trauma, physical injuries, and brain changes effected by other underlying physical or mental disorders. For Jocelyn, it was the sudden and egregious loss of a teaching job she loved and excelled at that led to a years-long cascade of debilitating health challenges. But that was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg – the roots of her FND onset ultimately sank deep into the soil of her childhood and drew on traumas relating both to her absent father and present, but emotionally unfulfilled, mother. FiNDing Hope is Jocelyn’s story of a descent into physical disability, childhood fears and courage, and of medical wanderings over seven years in trying to find doctors who could diagnose and effectively treat her disorder. It is also a story of faith and her emergence from this personal darkness toward a hopeful future.