For 40 years, Jim Juliana lived a secret life, a life which constantly felt out of his control.
Jim was plagued by repetitive thoughts and/or actions that interfered with his daily activities.
Jim suffered from an undiagnosed form of mental illness; a phobia now known as OCD:
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A Secret Life: Enduring and Triumphing Over OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
by James S. Juliana
Paperback | 5" x 8" | 178 pages
Available as a Paperback and Kindle from Amazon.com
For 40 years, Jim Juliana lived a secret life, a life which constantly felt out of his control. Jim was plagued by repetitive thoughts and/or actions that interfered with his daily activities. Jim suffered from an undiagnosed form of mental illness, a phobia now known as OCD: obsessive-compulsive disorder. His emotional pain and suffering were at times almost unmanageable. In his mid-sixties, the author, a loving husband, father, and accomplished high school teacher and athletic coach, discovered a unique psychologist within the Denver therapeutic community who utilized a radical but highly successful treatment that’s enabled Jim to almost completely control his OCD symptoms.
“A Secret Life” is one of the few books written about OCD by an OCD sufferer. It describes the pain and chaos that this illness can cause not just the victim, but those closest to him. This story doesn’t stop there, but provides readers with options and advice for dealing with OCD from someone who broke the curse of living a secret life. Now he’s ready to share his story in order to help others.
Jim Juliana was a hard-working family man with a devoted wife and adoring children.
As a teacher, he taught numerous subjects over a 28-year career, was an assistant principal/athletic director for three years and mentored generations of youngsters in the classroom and in athletics.
Juliana was a coach for four varsity sports, including twenty-four years as the head coach at the high school level. Coach Juliana has been a part of two state championship teams, a city championship team and several league title teams. He spent two years as a college instructor and football coach.
But Jim Juliana lived a secret life, one over which he had no control. For most of his life, he also fought - and eventually defeated - an embarrassing and almost debilitating OCD.
OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that affects three to five million adults in the US each year. OCD involves irrational fears or repeated thoughts or obsessions that drive an individual to engage in repetitive behaviors or compulsions. Jim Juliana's life was changed when he found a therapist whose treatment all but eliminated his OCD incidents. A Secret Life chronicles Juliana's battle against his OCD and gives readers options and information for treatment based on his experiences.
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A NOTE FROM JIM
James G. Gallagher, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver. Dr. Gallagher specializes in the behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders; specifically, Exposure-Based Interventions.
Within a year of beginning my therapy with Dr. Gallagher, my personal struggles with severe OCD were all but eliminated. My daily OCD incidents went from 65-70 incidents a day to 1 or 2. This pattern continues today after 4 l/2 years of working with him. I consider Dr. Gallagher my personal savior.