Thursday, November 23, 2017

Interview with Dr. Patrick Mbaya, author of My Brain is Out of Control

Publication Date: September 2016
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Formats: Ebook
Pages: 76
Genre: Biography/Autobiography
Tour Dates: October 23-December 15

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Although Dr. Patrick Mbaya’s illness caused a lot distress and nearly took his life, the emotional symptoms of the depression he developed helped him understand and empathize with patients and how they feel when they become ill. In My Brain is Out of Control, Mbaya, fifty-five and at the peak of his career, shares a personal story of how he suffered from a brain infection in 2010 that caused loss of speech, right-sided weakness, and subsequent depression. He tells how he also dealt with the antibiotics complications of low white cell count and hepatitis. He narrates his experiences as a patient, the neurological and psychiatric complications he encountered, how he coped, and his journey to recovery. Presenting a personal perspective of Mbaya’s illness from the other side of the bed, My Brain is Out of Control, offers profound insight into battling a serious illness.

Is there a website or other resources you would recommend to writers?
Yes, you can go to my blog; There are articles on, “Understanding Depression”, and “Antidepressants”. I would like to help patients, families or any one throughout the world who want to know about depression, and its treatment. If people would like to ask me questions, I would be happy to answer them.
Have you ever thought of collaborating with another author on a book?
Yes, Dr Stephen Stahl, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego. He is my mentor, and would love to collaborate with. He has written a lot of books on chemical changes in the, emotional (limbic) brain, and how medication, like antidepressants work. Despite being a complex subject, he simplifies it.
If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which would you choose and why?
I would choose Dr Stephen Stahl’s books, as there are well written, easy to understand with good illustrations, and diagrams. He kindly allowed me to use some his diagrams in my book.
If you could write about anyone (fiction or non-fiction) who would you write about and why?
There is no one specific I would want to write about, but I would like to write more about mental health topics like bipolar, anxiety, psychosis, obsessional compulsive disorders, for patients or non-medical people.
Who do you think your book is intended for?
The book is intended for anyone, so that they can share with me, what I went through. To give hope to patients (who may have suffered from similar illness), and carers or any one who want to know about these conditions.

Dr. Patrick Mbaya is a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. He is a consultant psychiatrist and honorary clinical lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He has a special interest in mood and addiction disorders.

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