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Alfredo Zotti – My Creative Life with Bipolar Disorder

Hi, my name is Alfredo and I am an Italian immigrant–I emigrated to Australia from Italy in 1974. Back in the 80s I discovered that I had bipolar disorder, however that did not stop me from creating a good life for myself. I did all the things that made me a good citizen: I started to work but as a musician and as a cook in various Italian restaurants and later went to university and was able to get a university degree

I majored in sociology in anthropology and later study some psychology. Later, I began to help people online people that suffer with depression and anxiety and bipolar disorder. What I discovered was that many people with bipolar disorder, but also other disorders such as depression and anxiety were very creative and extremely intelligent. Today after many years of helping people online and helping myself and my wife–because we both suffered with bipolar disorder–I have come to one important conclusion: that bipolar disorder, just like depression and anxiety in other mental disorders as well, it’s part of being human of the human experience.

I invite you to learn more through this video as we discuss creativity and mental disorders with experts.

The Whole Youth Worker: Advice on Professional, Personal, and Physical Wellness from the Trenches

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If you are thinking about youth ministry, already doing youth ministry, know a youth minister,
or simply need something to read quickly so that you can say, "Why yes, I have finished an entire book!",
The Whole Youth Worker is for you. This book provides the things I wish someone would have written
down for me early in my career in youth ministry. In The Whole Youth Worker, I share my tips,
strategies, and advice on:

  • Being a professional inside the office
  • Dealing with criticism
  • Balancing family and ministry
  • Challenging your congregation's definition of success
  • Creating a more parent-friendly ministry
  • Creating a clear vision for ministry
  • Ministering to others when you are struggling yourself
  • and much more!


    Youth Ministers and Pastors Acclaim for The Whole Youth Worker


    "If you want to hear from the heart of a youth worker who struggles to enjoy the Monday-to-Friday part of youth ministry and wants to help you get through it too, then you need to read The Whole Youth Worker."
    --Mike Kupferer, Youth Ministry Exchange


    "In The Whole Youth Worker, Jay gives us a glimpse at what it's like to be in the trenches--both good and bad. You will read this book and say, 'Been there--it's good to know I'm not alone!'" --Rev. Bill Fisackerly, IV,
    Gulf Cove United Methodist Church


    The Spiritual Discover Series from Loving Healing Press www.LovingHealing.com

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