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To an outsider, Anthony Hanna lives a charmed life. He’s a firefighter – every boy’s dream job. Even better, he regularly features in the Australian Firefighters Calendar. He’s a former police negotiator who worked on the frontline of critical operations. And as a teenager, he was a champion pole vaulter with Olympic potential.But since childhood, Anthony has lived with mental illness. At 12, he was diagnosed with OCD, and he experiences a daily battle to control its rituals and repetitions. More recently, he was hit hard by the black dog of depression.In this frank, honest memoir Anthony talks about the reality of living with mental illness. He explains how his OCD mind is ruled by numbers – and how that helped him achieve goals that seemed impossible. He describes how OCD gave him the empathy needed to be a successful police negotiator. And he explains how he learned to control depression with goal setting and hard work.It's Your World. I’m Just Living In It. is full of amazing stories that demonstrate how a misfit can achieve success while living with an anxiety disorder. This book is a motivating, heart-warming, entertaining look at the life of an
everyday, extraordinary Australian.