Amanda LaPera

Writer, Speaker, Teacher & Advocate - Severe Mental Illness: Let's Do Something About It

On Saturday, September 27th, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Orange County (NAMI OC) held their annual fundraiser to help support those affected by mental illness. My team walked in honor of my dad who is homeless because of untreated paranoid schizophrenia. Please support my team and our efforts.

Amanda LaPera takes a pie in the face for the NAMI OC Walk!

Losing Dad, the Book

To order an autographed copy, go to the publisher's website:

Or you can purchase Losing Dad at your favorite online retailers in e-Book, paperback and hardcover. 

A portion of proceeds will go to NAMI-OC, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness,a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. 

For information on how to cope with a loss of a loved one or how to deal with the grief process, visit my webpage "Coping with Loss." 

I wish you the best in your journey.


Ellen Eldridge from Target Audience Magazine writes,"Reading LaPera's personal family drama feels like sharing a cup of cocoa with a friend you wish you could console."

Losing Dad does not paint a picture of a deviant; it portrays a true story of one family's long-term struggle with a father's severe mental illness. Extend your hands, as readers, and pick up a copy of Losing Dad by Amanda LaPera.


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Silver Award recipient of IBPA's Benjamin Franklin book award in the category of psychology, Losing Dad, Paranoid Schizophrenia: A Family's Search for Hope is the compelling true story of a family’s struggle with the sudden onset of their father’s severe mental illness. The wife, children, and extended family of “Joseph,” lacking an understanding of his condition, are left to deal with his upsetting transformation. The perspectives of his three children, his spouse, and his own distorted reality combine to offer readers a glimpse of a world that will either feel hauntingly familiar or mind-boggling. 

With so many recent tragedies involving individuals with untreated severe mental illness, families, doctors, and police are often blamed for “not doing enough.” The solution, however, is rarely simple. Losing Dad poignantly shows the effects of inadequate treatment for those living with a severe mental illness in America. 

Losing Dad not only features Joseph's harrowing -- and still ongoing -- flight from reality, but also valuable information about severe mental illness, a crippling disease that affects 1 in 17. 

Bonus: provides a list of resources, a discussion of current mental health laws, and exclusive family member interviews with several family members. 

Ideal for book clubs, reading discussion questions are included! 

The Foreword written by Xavier Amador,Ph.D., Founder, LEAP Institute and Author, I am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help! (Vida Press 2012) also explains anosognosia. 

A portion of proceeds from sales of Losing Dad will go to NAMI-OC, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a nonprofit dedicated to improving lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

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