The Formula

Alicemarie O’Neill

Over 40 Million U.S. American Adults Have a Mental Health Condition international Best-Selling Author & Mental Health Counselor Offers Tips for Dealing with Depression When Tragedy Strikes and Surviving the Holidays.

Depression used to be a topic that no one discussed.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • Globally, more than 450 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
  • Depression is the leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
  • More women are affected by depression than men.
  • Treatments are available, but nearly two thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a mental health professional.  Stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorders says the World Health Organization (WHO).  Where there is neglect, there is little or no understanding.  Where there is no understanding, there is neglect.
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder):  Women have significantly higher rates of PTSD than men.

When someone is depressed they feel isolated and misunderstood. In her book, The Formula: Seven Steps for Healing from Depression and Manic Depression, Alicemarie O’Neill discusses the seven steps for healing from depression and manic depression/bipolar disorder. The steps are individualized so that readers can make The Formula their own and begin to see results. The author hopes readers are open to new ideas about their condition, especially from someone who knows what they’re talking about. This is your guide to restore and rebuild. There are no limits to what you can achieve. The book will give you hope.

  • Why holidays tend to be a difficult time for people who suffer from depression
  • Why women as opposed to men tend to suffer more from depression or manic depression (bipolar)
  • Depression among adolescents, college students and older adults
  • Explanation of what happens to the body and mind when depression occurs.
  • Surviving the turbulence of a breakdown (that keeps recurring)
  • Coming out of the other side of the trauma with your head held high
  • How to continue past the shame and grief when depression sets in

Being famous doesn’t make you immune to suffering from depression, bipolar disorder or postpartum depression. The topic is no longer taboo with the following celebrities coming forward with their illness: Lady Gaga, Eric Dane, Jim Carrey, Halle Berry, John Hamm, Owen Wilson and Ashley Judd, among others.

Women can also suffer from postpartum depression. Among those affected include Brooke Shields, Hayden Panettiere, Marie Osmond, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carnie Wilson and Drew Barrymore.