Read About the Stigma of Mental Illness – “The Truth She Knew,” by J. A. Owenby


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Did YOU know:

According to (These numbers are staggering!)

Prevalence of Mental Illness

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.

Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—10 million, or 4.2%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.

1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.

2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.

6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.

18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specific phobias.

Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.

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The statistics above show us that mental health issues are at proportions never seen before in our country. Even worse, many of us are not even aware of the people who suffer from these conditions. What was kept secret and silent in families long ago is now something that family members can get help for. If you suspect a loved one suffers from mental health issues, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Where do you being? is a great place to start. In addition, there are many local services available in your own hometown or state.

Here is the NAMI website in the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado:

NAMI Colorado  510 E Willamette Ave · (719) 473-8477


For more information, check out this interview with the author, J. A. Owenby here.

So here is why I gave you these statistics. I have had the pleasure of reading, The Truth She Knew, a few weeks ago. You can find my review here. J. A. Owenby’s novel is now available for purchase.

Here is a quote from my review:

Just so you know… I could not put this novel down! Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster ride and have the box of tissues handy. J. A. Owenby depicts Lacey as someone you want to help and protect. I cried at the horrors she was forced to endure. Mental illness figures predominantly in the writing, exposing the reader to a world filled with dread. Lacey haunted my dreams for a few nights after I finished the book. ~Colleen Chesebro~

Here’s what J. A. Owenby says about, The Truth She Knew:

“Mama didn’t want me. In fact, she would’ve traded my soul back for someone different if God would’ve let her, but he didn’t, so she was stuck with me.

For eighteen-year-old Lacey, life at home is a rollercoaster. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be good enough to truly deserve Mama’s love.

But when Lacey enters college and meets Walker, everything starts to change. Suddenly, Lacey is face to face with the realization that maybe what she’s always seen as normal really isn’t. Her entire life—and everything she’s ever believed about herself and her family—is abruptly hanging in midair.

Lacey is left facing two paths, and she has to make a choice. The first means walking away from everything she’s ever known. The other means never really knowing the truth.

The Truth She Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse.

*** Ages 17+ Contains language, sex, and violence
*** This is book 1 in a series”

Author, J. A. Owenby

About J. A. Owenby:

J.A. Owenby lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats.

She’s a published author of six short stories, and she is currently working on her second full-length novel. She also runs her own business as a professional resume writer and interview coach—she helps people find jobs they love.

J.A. is an avid reader of thrillers, romance, new adult, and young adult novels. She loves music, movies, and good wine. And call her crazy, but she loves the rainy Pacific Northwest; she gets her best story ideas while listening to the rain pattering against the windows in front of the fireplace.

You can follow the progress of her upcoming novel on Twitter @jaowenby
and Facebook at Author J. A. Owenby 

Here is the link to her author blog

Thanks for stopping by. This is one book you won’t want to miss!

17 thoughts on “Read About the Stigma of Mental Illness – “The Truth She Knew,” by J. A. Owenby

  1. Yet another horrific thought is that many people with hypothyroid are diagnosed with depression first without testing for thyroid function. Then, when the thyroid problem is found, they’re put on synthetic thyroid medications without having T4, T3 and TSH tested.

    It begs the question: Of the 1 out of 5 people in this country diagnosed with a mental health issue, how many have been misdiagnosed?

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    1. I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditus. It was so bad I had to have my thyroid removed. It took years for them to figure out what was wrong. It’s not a bed of roses on the thyroid meds. It’s horrible! I agree. How many are misdiagnosed. I used the stats to draw attention to her book. The mother in the book has definite mental health issues. ❤️

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      1. I have Hashimoto’s and the thyroid hasn’t finished eating itself yet. The symptoms weren’t there for it, but I insisted on an antibody test (although I can’t remember the name of the test). It was over 100. “normal” is 4-something. I have an incredible endocrinologist who works with me and doesn’t think that M.D. spells God. It makes all the difference!

        I had a friend in another state who experienced an abusive childhood. Her mother was from a rich family and forced to marry in the 1930’s instead of pursue her dreams. Her mother had the one child necessary to fulfill her “duties” and reminded her daughter as often as possible that she didn’t want children.

        I remember one man telling me that women were supposed to marry and have children. I asked him if all men were supposed to sell used cars. He didn’t seem to get the idea that if a man’s plumbing didn’t define his station in life, it shouldn’t define a woman’s either. 🙂

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        1. Lucky you! We only have one endocrinologist in Co. Spring. There’s an 8 to 9 month wait. 🙄 My doc says my thyroid meds are too high but if I take the lower dose I end up hypothyroid. 🙄 I had a doc at the base in MT tell me I was depressed. I laughed. I am one of the happiest people around. 🙄 Anyway after testing me for everything, I was hypothyroid.🙄 You get my drift. My glad grew huge and wrapped around my vocal chords. I was getting a goiter and had benign tumors. It simply had to go. What do you do? Glad you have a good doc! That’s the real battle. ❤️


          1. I’ve faced that predicament. A bad doctor has the capability of ruining your life.

            I had the good fortune to be blessed with a primary care provider who understands that I tend not to ingest a medication without doing my own research. She made sure that I had an endocrinologist that didn’t act like a dictator. 🙂

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          2. At least I have care. I have asthma too. The cost for meds could be insane. I’m thankful for the care we have. It’s just unfortunate we don’t have more than one endocrinologist in Co. Springs. 💖


    1. Not knowing your triggers, I can tell you that the mother is the aggressor. There is some physical violence. If that is something that would cause you pain, maybe you don’t want to go there. The story has more to do with Lacey and how she becomes aware that her life is not normal. You know how when you live like that, sometimes you don’t even realize there is a problem. This is the first book in the series and I can’t wait to find out what happens to Lacey. I hope that helps. Hugs to you, Adele. ❤

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