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Welcome to Amanda Green’s website

My Alien self my journey back to me Amanda Green e book cover march 2012

My name is Amanda Green (pen name). I was born and live in England, UK, and I set up this website and wrote two memoirs and one self-help book to share with my readers the stories of my issues with mental illness, therapy and recovery. I also write thought provoking, inspiring fiction including drama and women’s fiction, plus dark short story collections including psychological thrillers.

You can check out my books on Amazon by CLICKING HERE FOR AMAZON UK and CLICKING HERE FOR AMAZON US   

I regularly post blogs about mental health coping strategies, writing and inspirational things to do, but this site contains so much more. I hope you enjoy looking around.

I am also a BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) qualified Counsellor, and am humbled by my work with clients. I can help with many issues, but specialise in dealing with Anxiety, Depression and Borderline Personality Disorder.

Join my MAILING LIST‘ by clicking the link down on the left hand side of this website, where you can also Subscribe to Amanda Green author by email – you will receive an email each time I publish a new article to the site, to keep you up to date.

Some of Amanda Green's books

Some of Amanda Green’s books

My personal website is SandraMDean

Counselling website is Essex Depression and Anxiety Counselling 

Twitter – @AmandaGreenUK and @SandraMDean and @EDACounselling

Goodreads – CLICK HERE

Dirty Laundry by Amanda Green

Dirty Laundry by Amanda Green

Instagram – CLICK HERE

Facebook book page – CLICK HERE

LinkedIn – CLICK HERE

Click on ‘read more’ to read or make comments…

…….Continue reading Welcome to Amanda Green’s website…

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I want to introduce the wonderful work of Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR), a huge centre for dogs and cats abandoned, abused, injured or sick, near Kyrenia, in North Cyprus

I want to introduce the wonderful work of Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR), a huge centre for dogs and cats

Kyrenia Animal Rescue Centre, North Cyprus

Kyrenia Animal Rescue Centre, North Cyprus

abandoned, abused, injured or sick, near Kyrenia, in North Cyprus.

They have numerous cats and up to 400 dogs at any one time, currently at 250 dogs when we visited yesterday. It’s a donation run charity and relies on people’s generosity and kindness to keep running, the same as many others, and they do a fine job! The

kennels are clean, cat

pens clean, the animals

very well looked after and it’s a wonderful place to visit.

Sadly, a bout of Distemper has been brought into the centre (probably via abandoned animals left outside the shelter) which has been devasting and fatal for many dogs as it broke out so quickly. They are on top of the outbreak now; some dogs currently are being held in quarantine. The rest look good, but the dog side of the centre is still in lockdown to be safe.

The centre encourages volunteers to come up and walk the dogs in the beautiful five finger mountain range,

where the centre is located, and this has brought joy to the dogs and many visitors, either living there or on holiday. We were not able to do this because of the lockdown, BUT we did visit the cat pens, full of beautiful cats and a special little kitten which I got to play with 😊

Sadly, because there are SO MANY stray cats and dogs in North Cyprus, (I have never seen so many) it is hard to re-home the animals, and once they are past their puppy or kitten stage, it’s nigh on impossible. I so wanted to adopt a couple and bring them back to the UK, but I have no room for more animals at this time.

Could you donate?

Or could you sponsor a dog?

Check out their website here http://www.kartrnc.org/ (the ‘about’ page tells you all they have done since opening, and there’s info on sponsorship and lots more)

If you can spare a few pounds, please go to their Go Fund Me page and donate. X

https://www.gofundme.com/help-us-stamp-out-distemper

Their facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KyreniaAnimalRescuekar/

I really feel this a very worthwhile cause – thank you X

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10 things to be grateful for every day – a positive exercise for the mind

Here’s something to ask yourself each day for as long as you wish. It will help create positive thoughts, and help you

Think Different

Think Different

to feel good in the moment…

Each day, think of 10 things you are grateful for; even the smallest of things you wouldn’t usually think about. That’s it.

To get you going, mine today are:

  1. Grateful I can stay indoors to recover from my cold and chest infection
  2. Grateful I have a warm home, while it’s snowing outside and freezing
  3. Grateful I have plenty of food to eat
  4. Grateful for the company of my two cats
  5. Grateful I have drinkable running water and hot drinks
  6. Grateful for the phone call from my dad to see how I am
  7. Grateful for the phone call from my friend, asking how I am and if I need anything
  8. Grateful that I have time to do some reading today
  9. Grateful for my freedom
  10. Grateful for my inner strength

…….Continue reading 10 things to be grateful for every day – a positive exercise for the mind…

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So here goes a life – mum, dad, myself, mental illness and forward we go in change

This post follows on from this one MUM – FROM SCHIZOPHRENIA TO DEMENTIA IN 60 YEARS (click the link to open it in a new window)

So, here goes a life, trashed from her twenties, double trashed from her eighties. Some would say it’s a great thing to

mum and dad June 2017 at the carvery enjoying a nice dessert, how quickly things can change

mum and dad June 2017 at the carvery enjoying a nice dessert, how quickly things can change

live until your eighties, but is it really, when you’ve been tormented by mental health issues all your life and then you go and get Vascular Dementia and all sorts of other ailments? I am not her, just her daughter, and I can only see it through my eyes, as she wouldn’t talk about mental illness when compos mentis, and now finds it difficult through her dementia. She cries and says she cannot look forward, and is basically depressed, talking about being ‘laid down’ to rest. I know she won’t live forever now, despite her good physical health throughout her life, because if the brain goes, the physical health goes with it, because of the lack of eating, and how everything slows down. So, tonight, I thought I might write about it. Perhaps cathartic for me, and useful or interesting for my readers. For I am one in millions who will go through this kind of situation in the world.

Mum went into a care home on Sunday, directly from hospital. Dad called 999 Wednesday when mum fell in the lounge in the early hours of the morning (the second of two falls in two weeks), and she went into A&E. Constipation …….Continue reading So here goes a life – mum, dad, myself, mental illness and forward we go in change…

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*** Delighted to announce my debut novel, ‘Dirty Laundry’ paperback and ebook is LIVE!

Dirty laundry book cover

Dirty laundry book cover

*** Delighted to announce my debut novel, ‘Dirty Laundry’ paperback and kindle ebook is LIVE! ***

Circle of Books 5* review badge for 'Dirty Laundry'

Circle of Books 5* review badge for ‘Dirty Laundry’

BUY ON AMAZON HERE
Dirty Laundry

Fun, quirky and dark…

Support local authors!

I was interviewed on BBC Essex radio by Tony Fisher on Monday 4th December  Hope you can listen in and that you enjoy the story as much as I did writing it x CLICK HERE TO GO TO BBC RADIO LINK, AND GO TO 2.11 TO FIND MY INTERVIEW!

DESCRIPTION: Beckley Laundry is more than just a laundry business… 

Run by the effervescent manager, Sandra, and her feisty team of girls, the launderette becomes a place where more …….Continue reading *** Delighted to announce my debut novel, ‘Dirty Laundry’ paperback and ebook is LIVE!…

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My new release is FREE for a few days just in time for Halloween. Dark drama, psychological thriller short story collection

Book cover for 'Through Their Eyes' by Amanda Green

Book cover for ‘Through Their Eyes’ by Amanda Green

My new release is FREE for a few days just in time for Halloween. Dark drama, psychological thriller short story collection. Enjoy, and please leave a review if you can 🙂

Get it on AMAZON HERE

Get it on AMAZON UK HERE 

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My mum – from Schizophrenia to Dementia in 60 years

Let me start by saying I have not edited this post. It was enough to write it than to re-read it and make any corrections…

I want to share with you a little of my ongoing journey with my mum’s mental illness. Her and my dad’s 60th

mum and I Dec 2015 (a rare smiley photo of my mum)

mum and I Dec 2015 (a rare smiley photo of my mum)

wedding anniversary came and went last week. The day was all good until mum turned, and began shouting in the shop and refusing to move.

Sixty years ago, my mum was sectioned, and taken to a psychiatric hospital for a year. She was diagnosed with catatonic schizophrenia. Whatever they did to her, including electric shock treatments and medications (I shall never know the full extent of her treatments), she didn’t know who my dad was when he visited and she had to learn about living again. At first, she was like a child, being taught how to buy something in a shop. She never did get to a fully responsible adult stage, but had four children, of which I was the last and the only girl.

We were a dysfunctional family and have all suffered in one way or another for our experiences. There has always been lots of anger, resentment etc thrown at us by mum; dad receiving most of it. I felt sorry for her but often hated
…….Continue reading My mum – from Schizophrenia to Dementia in 60 years…

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