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 When Neurons Tell Stories A layman's Guide to the Neuroscience of Mental Illness and Mental Health

By Erin Hawkes-Emiru Author of When Quietness Came A Neuroscientists Personal Journey with Schizophrenia and winner of the Courage to Come Back Award, Vancouver, BC


In this new book, Erin brings neuroscience to life by postulating why neuroanatomy and neurochemicals matter when you are living with mental illness and addiction. Erin, whose graduate education is in Neuroscience, works as a peer support worker in Vancouver, Canada; the stories told in this book are those of her clients. Erin's empathy for her clients is built on her own diagnosis of schizophrenia.

In this book, she opens for the layman the neuroscience that may underlie not only the symptoms of mental illness and addiction, but also mental health more broadly.          

Erin  holds an MSc in Neuroscience. She was the recipient of multiple scholarships, including two Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada awards. In 2002, Erin was diagnosed with schizophrenia and went on to be hospitalized 14 times. Finally, antipsychotic medication helped her regain wellness, stability, and hope. Her memoir, When Quietness Came: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey With Schizophrenia, was published in 2012. Erin was awarded the prestigious Courage to Come Back award in 2019 from Vancouver Coastal Health. Since 2013, Erin's work on the ACT team has been highly valued by her clients and colleagues.

Her previous book was highly regarded and has received 4.4/5 stars on Amazon from 27 reviews. One 5 star review from the US called it "fantastic and very scientific". A 5 star review from Canada called it  "useful and inspiring" while a UK review said  "Insightful into the mind of a schizophrenic"

When Neurons Tell Stories, ISBN  978-1927637388, 284 pages, $19.95 is distributed by Ingram and available in print and kindle versions. See https://tinyurl.com/4ndpxxrb