Strivings Within - The OCD Christian: Overcoming Doubt in the Storm of Anxiety

Strivings Within - The OCD Christian: Overcoming Doubt in the Storm of Anxiety

by Mitzi VanCleve

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ISBN-13: 9781517678449
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/21/2016
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 517,704
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mitzi VanCleve is a self-published author who began writing out of a deep desire to provide awareness, support and advocacy for those who share her experience of living with anxiety disorders. She was particularly inspired to share her experiences within the body of Christ in order to help eliminate the stigma, lack of understanding and lack of support for Christians who suffer from mental illness.
Mitzi experienced distressing bouts of anxiety in the form of obsessional themes and social anxiety from childhood to early adulthood. Sadly, she remained unaware of her disorders up until her mid-twenties which resulted in her feeling isolated, alone, and, as she puts it; "like some sort of freakish anomaly." At that point in time she began to experience debilitating panic attacks which led to the discovery that she had Panic Disorder.
Mitzi was immensely relieved to find out that she had an actual disorder which could be managed, but still remained unaware that some of her longest and most excruciating seasons of distress were due to type of OCD called Purely Obsessional OCD. That answer didn't come until, at the age of fifty, she went through yet another crushing season of anxiety due to severe obsessions about her faith in Christ.
As Mitzi became educated about OCD and was able to obtain professional help, this resulted in a greater level of relief as she became more skilled at learning how to manage the OCD.
Eventually, she began to communicate through online forums with other Christians who were afflicted with anxiety disorders and found that she was able to provide a great deal of comfort, encouragement and hope to those who were suffering in isolated silence. This is what led to her publishing her first book: "Strivings Within - The OCD Christian." After publishing that book she felt a desire to reach out to teens because that's when anxiety disorders will typically become much more distressing. Mitzi thought that the best way to do that would be in the form of an easy read/ fictional novel which portrayed what it's like for a teen who is struggling with some of the things she went through at that age. This is how "In Your Dreams" was born.
Mitzi resides in Michigan with her closest friend and supporter; her husband Dennis. They have been married for thirty-eight years and have three children and seven grandchildren.

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