Cry. Exhale.Heal: A Journey to Inner Healing.” A licensed clinical addiction specialist associate, certified journal therapist and certified belief therapist, Schmidt chronicles her own battle with depression and journey of healing.
“Unfortunately, the downfall with always appearing strong is you give
no signals you need support,” said Schmidt. “It’s like being at the
beach and struggling against the waves. The lifeguard sees you and
assumes you are alright and doesn’t leave his post to save you. As a
result, you end up drowning because you gave the impression you didn’t
need any help.”
Schmidt’s book is more than a memoir, it’s a self-help book for others
suffering with depression. It candidly details the pain, suppressed
emotions and untreated inner wounds that resulted in depression, even as
she arrived in Germany for a positive, life-changing opportunity. She
sought help after four months of suffering in silence, but like most
people with depression, she didn’t want to appear weak.
One of the major barriers to health and healing for those with
depression is the stigma associated with any type of mental health
concern, particularly in the black community. Her book sheds light on
the outdated and distorted perceptions of strength and weakness that
prevents many individuals from seeking the help and healing that’s
The author explores the many ways in which people with depression
attempt to ease their pain through self-medication with drugs, alcohol
and comfort eating. For Schmidt, therapeutic journaling was a key that
helped free her from a life filled with misery.
Schmidt shares entries from her personal diary
to connect with readers and show them that they’re not alone in their
experiences. She also includes comprehensive journal prompts for readers
to help manage depression through therapeutic journaling that can also
be used in group situations.
Depression is an insidious disease that robs people of their zest for
life. It produces feelings of low self-esteem and sadness resulting in
sleep disturbances, poor concentration and low energy levels that
further exacerbates the condition. Statistics show that more than 40
million adults in the U.S. alone are depressed, don’t seek help, and are
suffering in silence.
Available in a paperback and Kindle edition, “Cry. Exhale. Heal: A
Journey to Inner Healing” is a story of motivation, inspiration and hope
for anyone suffering with depression. Schmidt’s memoir explores the
many facets of depression through her own experiences and provides a path of enlightenment for those who are suffering in silence.
About Asia Schmidt
Asia Schmidt is a licensed clinical addiction specialist associate,
certified journal therapist and a certified belief therapist that has
worked in multiple community mental health settings. She developed a
Body Image curriculum for female adolescents for Innovate Therapy &
Consulting; published “Our Family Journal: From Generation to
Generation,” a family journal book for parents; and was a featured
writer on Relationships and Religion for Diamond Diva Magazine. She’s a
highly sought speaker who addresses topics ranging from faith and
women’s empowerment to inter-racial relationships. She focuses on
holistic health and ways to nourish the mind, body and spirit to help
individuals attain their full potential.