Life Within Life


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By Hollis Dixon

ISBN: 978-1-84991-981-4
Published: 2013
Pages: 76
Key Themes: Mental Health, Psychosis, Paranoid Schizophrenia, Poetry


This book outlines general and spiritual reasoning and conclusion about experiences had by Hollis Dixon. From his childhood, the events around being diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia, to situations during his recovery to date. The series of poems, written thoughts and philosophy written by him, has been a vent and given him strength of mind in the events of his life

About the Author

Hollis Dixon; a Hertfordshire born 42 year old. Born in 1969 into a family of eight children of which he was the youngest. He was diagnosed with psychosis at age 24. Diagnoses were reviewed and changed to Paranoid schizophrenia in 2010 after he spent a few months under assessment in the psychiatric ward in the QEII hospital in Welwyn. He’s a father of three. Worked most of his life in positions in Caring, Loss prevention, social work, and even run a small courier business among others jobs. The life experiences he endured, namely homelessness, family breakdown, bereavement, substance abuse and being diagnosed early in life, as he sees it, has enabled him to express himself through writing, feeling, emotion and insight into the human condition. The spiritual side to his writing is inspired by experiences all through his life, nature and the life energy which he knows to be in each of us. Human nature, our action and reaction prompts conclusion and reasoning in his writing.

He sees through observation that most, if not all have symptoms of any given diagnoses attached to mental health, however slight. We all have thoughts which may be deemed us as not the norm. But through fear of being labelled, we don’t talk about it or express their feelings. And as it’s not known the result or behaviour of those thoughts are just seen as part of a person’s personality.

Book Extract

It takes all sorts to make a world.

The Dr who knows enough about the body to heal. The homeless person who knows how to keep warm on a winter’s night and can advise those in same situation. The person who tends the land to produce elements of a roast we have on Sunday afternoon. The addict who knows the pit falls of substance abuse. The person who has had so many traumas in their lives and got through it. That could be a counsellor without training. The disabled person who’s heightened senses has made them an expert in care of the restricted. The person with a disorder who brings joy to others with their creative talents. Or the blind person who’s view of the world inspires others.

It takes all sorts to make a world.


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