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The Sunday Times best seller.

Featuring a new chapter on COVID-19 and mental health.

I lived with it in silence. I tried to conquer it alone. And then I asked for help. It took me hitting hard, sharp rock bottom for me to truly recognise how ill I was.

In Open, Frankie Bridge opens up about her ongoing journey from breakdown to breakthroughs and through self-loathing, hospitalisation and self-acceptance. Part narrative exploration, part guide, this book will help you to understand the importance of talking and helping each other. 

It combines guidance and advice from the psychologist and psychiatrist who pulled her back from the brink along with their notes on her and conversations with her. This book will help people open up about their mental health and encourage us all to speak out.

Afterword by Mind.

©2020 Frankie Bridge, Maleha Khan and Dr Mike McPhillips (P)2020 Octopus Publishing Group

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"Brave and beautiful...a first aid manual for your mind." (Adam Kay, best-selling author of This Is Going to Hurt

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It’s not just me

I’ve struggled with episodes of anxiety, depression, PTSD,panic attacks and mild OCD throughout my life. I’ve noticed it more in recent years and major/traumatic events and I am struggling currently. Listening to Frankies story makes me reflect and look back and I realise I also think I have these illnesses/tendency’s built in from a young ages, but they become overwhelming and crippling when major life events have happened that are out of my control. I am on the waiting list for CBT and counselling (6 month wait) but listening and taking on board the advice from Frankie and the experts advice has helped me get up out of bed today and understand myself a little bit better knowledge is power! I also am re thinking trying different medications after not getting on well with one type I’ve built my own anxiety around taking them but you’ve made me realise not one size fits all. Thank you for sharing your story Frankie

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Highly recommended

Even though I subscribe to audible I often struggle to finish a book and will quite easily quit half through. I can honestly say this was one of the first books I have ever listened to from beginning to end and once I started listening I didn't want to stop. It sounds wrong to say I enjoyed this book given the subject and the many heartbreaking stories it contains but I really did enjoy listening to it and would recommend it to anyone. I fortunately have many good days rather than bad and wouldn't say I am somoene that struggles with an illness. I picked this up to get a better understanding of people that do suffer. This book has given me exactly that. I had no idea who Frankie was or that she was a celebrity and had forged a succesful career as a pop star. I purely selected this with my monthly credit to give it a go and it's one of the best decisions I ever made :)

I will pick up a paper copy asap as I really want to read/listen to it again.

Good luck with the book Frankie, I wish you every success with it.

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Heartbreaking and Heartwarming

Frankie you are a legend for being so open about your continual mental health journey.
I certainly need to take a leaf or two from your book and become open about my own battles!

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Well done Frankie. An honest and open account of your ongoing issues. Thank you.

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A must read.

Frankie, thankyou !!! listening to this book finally gave me the courage to seek help and more importantly fess up about my anxiety, thankyou for your strength and honesty 💖

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I am normal

I have listened to this book and a lot of what you write I can totally relate too and I have managed depression and later anxiety for 13 years now. Listening to what you have said makes me feel that what I experience is the normal of my illness. It puts it into words for others to understand what you can’t explain. Thank you. I know that living with my illness is my new norm and excepting that is a daily struggle but tomorrow is a different day and hopefully a different feeling. Take care.

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Thank you Frankie for sharing.X

Loved it ,, enjoyed Frankie's language to explain anxiety ,and give us all hope !

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Honest and heartfelt

I love how Frankie is so open and honest about her battle with mental health. Her story is told with such emotion and she doesn't hold back on the hardest parts of her journey.

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Must read

This is a must read if your living with or have mental health issues a really Frank account of how it affects a successful wealthy young woman.

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Open yourself to this book

Open this book, and your heart and mind to Frankie Bridge's story. She reads it well and speaks from the heart. She offers personal advice and professionals she has worked with contribe too.