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From Agoraphobia To Zen

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"From Agoraphobia to Zen," is the author's true story of her lifelong struggle with panic attacks, agoraphobia and food addiction.

On the dawn of the millennium she makes a decision to break the cycle of mental illness that destroyed her mother and threatens her own life. This authentic, sometimes, brutal journey takes the reader from trauma to comedy, from a Bro
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Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 11th 2011 (first published December 14th 2010)
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Jd E
Oct 09, 2011 Jd E rated it it was amazing
A truly inspiring memoire of one woman's struggle to overcome this kind of mental illness. You can feel the pain, suffering, anxiety, fear, anger and emotional distress in every page but you also see the triumph, rebirth and the eventual zen the author has reached. Dealing with mental illness no matter what form it takes can be a nightmare, a living hell and often viewed as a stigma but it can be dealt with as the author has done. It is a constant battle that must be waged again and again and th ...more
Grace Peterson
Apr 11, 2012 Grace Peterson rated it really liked it
I hope to write a more in-depth review in the coming weeks.

Marilyn (or Maya) Mendoza has lived a difficult life but she's no victim. Growing up, she is battered with horrific assaults about her appearance but after getting to know her through her words, you'll sense what a beautiful person she is. She chronicles her ups and downs in her well written memoir and puts to rest the demons that have haunted her.

The reason I didn't give it 5 stars was more about being a self-proclaimed Grammar-Nazi t
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Cornelia DeDona
Nov 02, 2011 Cornelia DeDona rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone that suffers from mental illness or has a child that is affected by it.
Recommended to Cornelia by: Marilyn Maya Mendoza
This book evokes the pain and the repercussions experienced by the children of a mentally ill parent--the author skillfully expresses her life story in this heart wrenching memoir.
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