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Disability team's Ed Boait publishes new book

5 February 2020

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Disability team's Ed Boait publishes new book

5 February 2020

A member of the Cheltenham Town Community Trust Disability football team has seen his book 'Schizophrenics Dream in Colour' published.

Ed Boait has written an honest and open account of the first four years of his experiences of schizophrenia and the impact it has had on his life.

His memories and insights have now been detailed in his first book, with copies now available to buy online.

"It's about the first four years of my illness," he explains. "When the delusions started when I was at university in Edinburgh and within a few months I was in hospital in Gloucester.

"It talks about that beginning but also the next four years when I was in and out of hospital.

"It talks about the trauma and the problem with just being in and out of hospital."

Ed believes putting his thoughts and feelings into written word have helped him and his condition positively.

"I was working with a psychologist doing talking therapy and she recommended that we do a timeline," he added.

"We started at birth and went all through childhood and adolescence.

"When it got to the part when I became ill I decided I'd write it for her. I'd write down about the illness and that turned into a 6,000 word essay.

"Two years later I stopped my medication and that was when I was beginning to get a bit high, a bit manic. That's when I wrote the book - in a period of mania - for about three or four months I just wrote solidly every day.

"Writing about my experiences really helped me let go of those memories and those traumas and beliefs. Writing is a big part of my coping strategies and making me feel good."

You can watch a full interview with Ed discussing the book and being part of the Community Trust's successful Disability team above on iFollow.

If you are interested in finding out more about Ed's journey and his experiences of schizophrenia copies of the book are available to purchase online on Amazon.

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