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Ten Things I Hate About Me: The instant Sunday Times bestseller

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Joe Tracini has a fairly brilliant way of storytelling and sharing a conversation about mental health.

I really went back and forth over whether or not it would be a good idea for me to read this book because I have had a lot of stuff to deal with over the last year. Having suffered from my own mental health and PTSD for many years, I always like to hear from others who can share their own personal stories. Tracini then proceeded to rap his way through tongue-in-cheek lyrics littered with some truths about his condition. Not only is this book moving but I feel it will be educational not only for those without the illness, but for those with it to know that it’s okay to feel these things.

I feel like the weight I carry can occasionally be lifted just by talking about certain things I was to afraid to prior. In my opinion, this book is a must-read for anyone trying to better understand other people's experiences, and to really appreciate that you can never, ever tell what a person may be going through just by looking at them. The thing that I think I liked most (if that’s that right word to use) is making people see that just because you’ve been fixed once, it’s okay to break against, it’s not a once fixed always fixed kind of illness.

Just a small monthly donation by a handful of people will achieve this and you can be safe in the knowledge that any extra money we make via these donations will go directly towards helping others with BPD. In his new book - Ten Things I Hate About Me: How to Stay Alive With a Brain That's Trying to Kill You - Joe Tracini shares his experiences of BPD and suicidal thoughts.I saw his 48 second gymnastics commentary on Twitter and immediately started following him, not knowing anything more about him. It is fantastic to know that Joe has overcome some of the things he has, and no doubt this book will help many people. It's particularly worth listening to the audiobook - much emotion and vulnerability come across in certain places. Final note to say is to say that the comedy in this book will have you laughing at things you thought were morally wrong to laugh at, but here you are belly laughing at suicidal jokes.

He tries to explain what your life is like when you essentially have a brain that's trying to kill you every day. Sure thing, we don’t experience BPD’s symptoms the same way, it’s different for everyone but i still could relate on so many things written by Joe. This book not only GETS me with out feeling like I need to roll my eyes, this book is changing lives. He is supremely polite, slightly geeky and wears T-shirts that show off his elaborately tattooed arms (and disguise his self-harm scars).Joes story is far from pretty and very heartbreaking at times and the reason behind him writing this book is one of pure honestly. I wrote my own stuff and would do five to 10 minutes at the end of my dad’s act when I was seven years old. Evidently the lockdown experience embedded with his girlfriend's family has been somewhat revelatory. Having felt the impact of lifes eraser wiping away too many incredible people from my life, I wish we didn't have to talk about suicide, but I know too well how important it is that we do.

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