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Mental Illness


Sarah K. Stephens

May 13, 2016
Sarah K. Stephens

Since earning her doctorate in developmental psychology from Penn State University in 2007, Sarah K. Stephens has worked as a university lecturer, teaching a variety of courses on autism, the processes of risk and resilience in childhood, and the influence of online media on social and behavioral development in children and adolescents.

In March of 2016, Five on the Fifth literary magazine published “Boys,” a short story that Stephens had written to address the issue of sexual violence and harassment on college campuses, and in the winter of 2016, Pandamoon Publishing will release Stephens’s first novel, A Flash of Red, which originated from recent research on the effects of pornography exposure on children, and how such exposure can shape young men and women’s expectations and preferences in their romantic lives. Focusing on three main characters, the novel explores the chaos that can result when mental illness and misperceptions of reality invade our most intimate relationships. READ MORE


Robert Thomas Doran

October 16, 2015
A Prison of Lies

With his 2012 novel A Prison of Lies: A Journey Through Madness, author Robert Thomas Doran crafted a gripping, introspective tale of unrequited love, rejection and mental illness. Told through the eyes of a protagonist named Tom, who spirals from depression into the depths of madness upon losing the woman of his dreams, the book is loosely-based upon Doran’s own experiences and represents a raw, unfiltered retelling of one man’s journey to the darkest corners of human emotion.

Through Tom’s struggle, A Prison of Lies provides a unique examination of topics including human sexuality, violence and suicide, and Doran’s eloquent, confessional style of writing offers a glimpse into what clinical emotional trauma looks like from the inside. Written as an act of faith, the book serves as both a vital, cathartic component of Doran’s recovery as well as a beacon of light for others who are fighting to escape the wilderness of mental ilness. READ MORE


Stephen B. Seager

October 3, 2014

Stephen Seager, M.D. is one of America’s leading authorities in mental health care and the criminially insane and is a passionate advocate for the reform of the mental health care system in the United States. Originally hailing from Ogden, Utah, Seager grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco. He graduated from the University of California at Davis and received his M.D. degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. After working as an emergency room physician for ten years — an experience that inspired his first two books, Breathe, Little Boy, Breathe and Emergency — Seager returned to residency training for four years and became a board-certified psychiatrist at the age of 38.

After serving as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for ten years at UCLA Medical School, Seager is currently employed at Napa State Hospital in Napa, California. Inspired by his time at Napa, Seager’s latest book, Behind the Gates of Gomorrah: A Year with the Criminally Insane, was released in September of 2014 by Simon and Schuster. Within its pages, Seager documents the harrowing life of a doctor in the violent, dangerous world of an American forensic mental hospital. READ MORE