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Persistence. Perseverance. Resolution.

Author Biography

Resilience through connection. Connection through vulnerability. Vulnerability through courage. Success through hard work. Lessons Sheridan learned and teaches us by example, the highest form of leadership.

Sheridan Taylor

Hello, my name is Sheridan Taylor. I’m a veteran, former corrections officer, and suicide survivor. I write and speak about mental health, addiction, the stigma of mental illness, and how to reduce the harm society’s myths and misunderstandings do to us. Having gone through my own Hell, I am invested in your success.

I was dependent on medication to maintain mental stability for years and never knew a night without fear. I want you to have something else. To sleep without nightmares and wake without loneliness. As someone who’s undergone most forms of treatment, I speak from a place of knowledge, empathy, and some authority. I want you to find a life of fulfillment, contentment, even joy. I want you to have the life you deserve.

In my service I saw the very worst and best that humanity has. I’ve seen injustice on a grand scale; war and prison do that. I walk among heroes and monsters, and I try to see the humanity they’ve buried. 

The most important lesson I’ve learned, from the army, my marriages, and my struggles with PTSD, depression, alcoholism, grief, intergenerational trauma, and anxiety, is perseverance. To never quit.

I’m not a soldier anymore, but I’m still a fighter. I fight alcoholism, PTSD, depression and anxiety and win, daily. I fought grief, suicidal ideation, and loss when my first wife died a slow death as her demons took her. I fight the apathy and casual brutality so prevalent in our culture. These are battles without end. But the monsters of the world, and the monsters in our heads, can only win when we stop fighting. The greatest gifts come from the hardest lessons, and diamonds are made from applying pressure. I also learned that ya gotta laugh.

Beats the shit outta crying.

What Readers are Saying...​

As a health care professional, who treats veterans with PTSD, I am so proud of the courage and strength of soldiers, like Mr. Taylor, who are able to put their story on paper for "civvies" to read. This book in particular delves into the complexities of trauma from the perspective of the one damaged. But even more incredible is the story of resilience, hard work, healing and growth Mr. Taylor is undertaking, which then must be possible for all of us. Mr. Taylor, thank you for your service to our country, and thank you for your service to everyone struggling with the effects of trauma and those of us doing all we can to help. Viribus Redintegratis
Dr. Torie Carlson
Sheridan writes of pain and loss and hope. A real and raw look into his thoughts and feelings in a genuine attempt to help those with similar trauma. A look at PTSD from the inside. If you suffer or know someone who does this can help you to understand. Not a therapist, not a scientist, an extremely intelligent and thoughtful man who has struggled through recovery from whom we all can learn.