BREAKING THE SILENCE is a profound depth charge into how the mind can break, and how it can ultimately heal. It is an unabashedly raw memoir of intense introspection which details an intimate personal journey of abject suffering hearing voices day in and day out for years on end. These often horrific experiences are also adorned with the mind-numbing frustration of experiencing myriad, rarely discussed, and even less understood, synchronous phenomena all around the author, and all at the same time. This deeply moving life-story account is intricately interwoven with undeniably genuine pontifications on life’s most important lessons, applicable to everyone, psychiatric diagnosis or not. Catharsis, redemption, and recovery emerge as the book’s central themes as the story unfolds, and these revelations help to remind us that we are not alone in our shared experiences here on this Earth.
Mirror for the Mind is a collection of philosophical adages which owe their roots to a deep and profound love affair with the human condition. Essentially, these adages are simply ideas- ideas that, in one form or another, have undoubtedly been pondered on countless occasions since the dawn of human existence. And, although the author has written them without collaboration with or reference to any outside sources, and has personally converted them into language based on an intense journey of individual experience and introspection, they truly and honestly belong to every man and woman who calls this Earth home. In the end, these simple sayings represent a humble offering to humanity, just like any of the other wondrous gifts we pass along to each other in the spirit of genuine human connection, person to person and generation to generation, which ultimately make this a better place to live in for us all.
"Powerful writing paired with an empowering story, "Breaking the Silence" is a testament to resilience...at times Dara Sanandaji's journey had me on the verge of tears...He was open, vulnerable, and unafraid to share his struggles with the world so that other people can take courage from his experiences...Reading this book felt like having a private conversation with a friend. Dara is an inspiration for thousands!" --Rabia Tanveer
"Author Dara Sanandaji delivers some truly powerful autobiographical writing in this heartfelt account of intense troubles that psychological disorders can cause us...Sanandaji portrays a fascinating and often highly emotional inner dialogue that resonates deeply on these wider themes, and I felt that the honesty of the author came through in these moments very profoundly. By the time you finish Breaking the Silence, it feels as if something very private and important has been shared with you. A highly recommended read." --K.C. Finn
"Dara Sanandaji doesn't pull any punches in revealing the travails of his psychological burden to bring to the forefront the manifestation of his self-awareness. Sanndaji's grasp on the nature of his condition is both profound and enlightening...If man versus himself is one of the most powerful conflicts in fact and fiction, then Sanandaji's bout with his inner turmoil is one for the books...Breaking the Silence is an inspiring read, a confession of suffering with appropriate information for anyone to understand mental disturbance and the need to consider more perspectives." --Vincent Dublado
"It doesn't hold back in its intensity and coverage; it's what people need to read to understand the dynamics and what one person can go through mentally. It describes how the mind can crumble under pressure and circumstances, but it doesn't stop there--it shows how healing can take place...The general audience will find this book deep and informative, even those who don't deal with mental health issues on a daily basis. If you've ever felt on the edge of mentally breaking apart, or know someone who has, this book is for you and for them." --Tammy Ruggles
"You simply cannot read Breaking the Silence without being transformed in a way. This refreshingly honest, highly detailed, and deeply instrospective memoir reached the deepest parts of my soul and left me significantly enriched with wisdom. Its deep questions, observations, and contemplations about life's contradictions and hurdles remind me of the most influential philosophers in history...Dara Sanandaji's story proves that nobody is beyond redemption, no matter how far gone they are...What a truly inspiring and educative experience!" --Foluso Falaye