Catherine Denton takes you on a journey through her life- the part before she was born, through her childhood and beyond to the present time. You discover along with her how she came to be diagnosed with bipolar. You feel the pain of her wanting to die, the torn relationships, the desperate search for a way to feel better using every means at her disposal. Then with the mention of one phrase she is catapulted into a medical model of recovery and healing that the ancients knew well but is not easily accepted in these modern times. Walk with Catherine as she discovers a way to get what she desires- a way to feel better.
Catherine Denton’s memoir, is a heartfelt, detailed recollection that uncovers childhood and past life beliefs that influenced her decisions as an adult, for better or for worse. Her open and honest sharing of her life allows the reader to begin their own process of ‘healing’ from misperceptions. She also reveals how her depression and curiosity led her to study alternative methods of healing such as energy medicines, spiritual practices, and intuitive abilities that changed her physically and mentally. She is a wonderful model of persistence, unwavering faith, and courage exemplifying Mastering yourself is true power. (Lao Tzu, Chinese Taoist Philosopher)
-Suzanne Jonas, Ed.D. Founder & Director, Inner Harmony Health Center Author of Take Two CD's and Call Me in the Morning
Hopeful - my word that captures the essence of this compelling memoir. Catherine’s courageous journey to find her truth and healing through conventional and nonconventional means is a testament to her perseverance to live a whole and joyful life. She is an inspiration to others who struggle with mental illness - their own and in their families. This touchingly honest book not only recounts her personal journey but gives the reader much helpful guidance and many resources. We need more Catherine’s in this world - bringing light to their own dark places, and in so doing, bringing light to all of us.
-Anna Shugart, LCSW Director Emotional Health & Recovery Center Blount Memorial Hospital
Metaphysical Girl: How I Recovered My Mental Health is void of fear, transparent, and hopeful. Through pain and misunderstanding, Catherine Denton takes a patient walk through her life never straying away from the importance of each second. This memoir takes an honest look at suicide from the perspective of someone looking in from the outside and from within. She illustrates the journey that recovery is, without the misunderstanding that it is a state of mind.
Amy Dolinky East Tennessee Regional Coordinator Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
This is an intensely personal diary of a woman's journey through life and how that life led to mental illness and eventual recovery. It beautifully illustrates that we are all very much alike and yet our emotional outcomes can be so different. So many times I thought, "That happened to me!", yet, I didn't walk her path to suicidal thoughts and actions. It is also a beacon of hope for others who may be in the position of clinical depression and wanting to end it all. I am so glad that this lady found her way to recovery and lived to tell the tale! And that I got to read this account of it. Jan Coe Founder & Director- Whole Notes Harmony
Catherine Denton, PhD is a metaphysician living in the Tennessee foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. She is the daughter of a retired Army veteran of Vietnam and she is a Navy Reserve veteran, having served in Desert Storm. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and several places abroad. Dr. Denton has had a varied work life where she counts a biscuit-maker at a fast food chain, electrician's helper on a construction job, seamstress & pageant wear designer for a childrens store and a medical office/surgical nurse among her many jobs. Catherine began her writing career as a child crafting plays that she and her siblings would perform for her parents. Her professional career began in 2000 with the purchase of a desktop computer and and a paying gig at a local tourist paper with her own byline- The Foothills Rambler. When Catherine's life fell apart and her diagnosis of bipolar occurred she began documenting her life even as she progressed in to despair. She obviously lived to tell the tale and now she mentors others in similar circumstance to become their own healers using holistic health practices. Besides being a published author, she facilitates workshops and also takes on private clients for Reiki and Spiritual Counseling.