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Summary

Lisa Jakub has always been a little weird.

Sensitive. Emotional. Introverted.

What else would you expect from a former child actor turned writer?

But the issue wasn't just an artistic temperament; Lisa was constantly trying to hide her debilitating anxiety and depression. She assumed that retiring from her 18-year acting career and leaving Hollywood was going to be the cure for all of her issues. Guess how that worked out?

Lisa was still having three panic attacks a day and found it hard to leave her house. But when anxiety-induced vomiting claimed the life of her iPod - she knew it was time to get help. It was time to talk about the things that are hard to talk about.

She started to embrace her weird.

In searching for a deeper understanding of mental wellness, Lisa explored her own history and reached out to others to learn how anxiety and depression impacted their lives. She interviewed veterans with PTSD and 10-year-olds with sensory integration issues, people with eating disorders and cutting habits, those whose lives were saved by medication and those who found yoga to be the answer. She went to Colorado to learn about the effects of cannabis on anxiety, and attended a meditation retreat in North Carolina to sit quietly for hours and hours and hours in "noble silence". Without a phone.

Not Just Me is a hopeful, entertaining, enlightening look at the root causes of anxiety, the latest research on mood disorders, and ideas for how we can all live authentically with more peace, power, and purpose. Part memoir, part journalistic exploration - this book reminds all of us that we are not alone.

©2017 Lisa Jakub (P)2017 Lisa Jakub

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Not just me either

A frank, honest, helpful guide to life, the universe and everything with insight into the holistic nature of being. Thank you Lisa.

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  • Jessica Curley-Phinney
  • 02-10-17

A life changer

This was a beautiful and life changing book for me. With humor and truth this book has been such a blessing. One I will reread over and over again!

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  • K. Burkhardt
  • 17-07-18

Eye and soul opening

Lisa explains, through though research, that one can truly embrace their weird, be ok by saying no, and be alone while doing so. She talks about the multiple "types" of issues that people face or encounter and gives extensive insight.

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Reader Comments

This book is a good read for those with an anxiety disorder. Reading this book helped me to see that others out there have the same problems with anxiety that I do. Knowing that helped me to feel better.