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Laura De Stefano

Mental health and chronic pain writer, psychology undergraduate, published author.

I’m Laura, I’m 27 years old, and I currently live with my husband, Chris (who appears on Ninja Warrior UK: Series 3), and our 4 guinea pigs in East Anglia.

My mental health story started 20 years ago, when I was just 7. I still currently suffer with active episodes of anxiety and associated agoraphobia and social anxiety, panic attacks, self-harm, and emetophobia.

I also have a chronic pain condition that is yet to be diagnosed but seems to be involving flares which result in degenerative changes to the joints.

The purpose of this blog is to share what I’ve found has helped in learning to live with and recover from all of these difficulties and to bring more understanding to several poorly understood conditions. If any of the writings I put out into the world help just one person either understand their own condition or that of a family member, friend, colleague or patient, then I have achieved what I set out to do.

I have published two books: one on mental health, and one on guinea pigs. The former is available on eBay, Amazon and the first link. The guinea pig book is only available through Amazon. Both are available worldwide.
http://www.believementalhealth.com/shop
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charlies-Memoirs-guinea-changed-everything/dp/153754991X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1473969505&sr=1-1

My interests include writing, reading, geocaching, and physical training (yoga, gymnastics, rock climbing/bouldering) when my physical condition permits.

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