Today, I have the great pleasure of being the host on DAY 8 of the Virtual Blog Tour for Richard David Price, author of the brand new book Beating the Adversary: A True Story of Schizoaffective Disorder, officially released on 1st December, 2014. On its debut, it became Amazon’s #1 best-selling new release in ‘schizophrenia’.
RICHARD DAVID PRICE was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder as a teenager, as a result of a childhood accident.
Despite his difficult adolescence, he went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Business and has two children to whom he is devoted.
He is a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and feels his mission in life is to help spread hope that we all can overcome our personal challenges.
Yesterday, the tour visited Lynn Serafinn on the Spirit Authors blog at http://spiritauthors.com/category/new-books/, where Lynn interviewed Beating the Adversary editor Vrinda Pendred about the value and challenges of writing and editing a memoir of this kind.
Today I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Richard on how his spiritual beliefs have helped him, and other topics.
PIPPA: How has your experience of bullying affected your relationships in adult life?
RICHARD: Bullying is something we should all have zero tolerance for. It leads to much greater problems. Looking back on my life, for example, if five or six people attack you, even if they are your age, that is no longer bullying; that is lethal. There was an incident in China where a young lady was beaten to death. She was killed in what would be considered a fast food restaurant. Her cries for help initially went unanswered by over 30 people in the restaurant, and then more who had gathered to watch. My point is that because of my experiences, in my adult life I hear stories like that and think, had I been there, that girl would be alive. I would rather die than live with the memory of doing nothing. We should all step in and help people.
PIPPA: Do you believe that spiritual beliefs can help to counter depression?
RICHARD: I have gone to church and at times not gone. I believe yes, spiritual beliefs can help. BUT depression at my level has to have some kind of modern medication to allow the person to lead a normal life. Most people who have this level of mental illness have to live in a home to be watched, and live in a world where people will fear or mock them for having gotten sick. Let’s take the spiritual side in viewing those who struggle and, at the very least, not make things harder for them.
Does being spiritual help the person? Maybe. But I think the most important thing is to show kindness.
PIPPA: What therapies have you found useful in helping to reduce anxiety?
RICHARD: I usually focus on something and take deep breaths. What’s harder is helping kids through it, because they struggle to get beyond the fear so they can focus and breathe. In those cases, what I like to do is make some completely outrageous joke. It throws the child off-guard enough to forget the pain. Then you can work with them on the breathing.
***END OF INTERVIEW***
I hope you enjoyed this brief interview with author Richard Price and that you’ll check out his new book Beating the Adversary: A True Story of Schizoaffective Disorder.
When you buy Beating the Adversary during its official Amazon launch, you’ll also receive a free novel entitled The Ladder by Vrinda Pendred, founder of Conditional Publications – an independent publisher dedicated to writers with neurological conditions.
To buy Beating the Adversary and get your free novel, go to:
Thanks for reading! Please do share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.
Be sure to follow Richard tomorrow on the next stop of his Virtual Blog Tour, when he’ll be visiting Graham Aitchison’s ‘Food for Thought’ blog at http://giaitchison.blogspot.co.nz, where they’ll be talking about coping with depression and other topics.