From the Depths of Controversial Tragedy, Founder of the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety Lucinda Bassett Opens Up about Her Challenges of Change and Loss As She Builds a New Life Once Again

January 30, 2013

For eighteen years, Lucinda Bassett, founder of the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety, shared her tips on managing anxiety, stress and depression with America in her bestselling books, on Oprah and The View, and on hundreds of radio programs. Then, suddenly, everything came crashing down around her with the devastating news that her husband and business partner, her children’s devoted father, and the love of her life, David Bassett, had committed suicide. In an instant, her life’s mission, her business and her family were devastated. In TRUTH BE TOLD: A Memoir of Success, Suicide, and Survival (Sterling; March 5, 2013; Hardcover: $22.95/978-1-4027-7987-9; ebook: $8.99/978-1-4027-8944-1), Lucinda Bassett, motivational speaker and best-selling author, tells the unvarnished truth about this terrible tragedy and other hardships she suffered, as well as unexpected triumphs. Writing with refreshing candor about her adversities, Bassett offers readers hope for recovering from crushing blows and discovering their own hidden strengths.


What You Need to Know about TRUTH BE TOLD and Lucinda Bassett:


  • Lucinda Bassett founded the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety with her doctor, Philip Fisher, M.D., in Toledo, Ohio, in 1985. Starting with small, local group sessions, the company grew into a multi-million dollar international success. More than a million people have used Lucinda’s tools and techniques to reclaim their lives;


  • After conquering her own personal battles with anxiety, agoraphobia and panic attacks, Lucinda found her calling helping others overcome stress, fear, anxiety and depression;


  • From growing up “on the wrong side of the tracks,” in Findlay, Ohio, Lucinda traces her coming of age as a singer, her career as a radio host, and her mercurial rise to business fame and fortune—and how she suddenly lost everything.  She describes her passionate love affair with her husband and the birth of their two children;


  • In her book, for the first time, Lucinda admits to being a victim of sexual abuse as a child. She also reveals the  violent behavior of her late alcoholic father and relives painful moments, including the deaths of her sister, her brothers, and her mother, and her heartbreaking miscarriage;


  • She writes of the agony and frustration of being recognized as an expert in the field of anxiety and depression for over 25 years, yet being unable to prevent the suicide of her husband. Her spiraling feelings of grief, devastating loss and unbearable guilt were magnified by her belief that David’s suicide could have been prevented if he had been prescribed the right medication;


  • Over 38,000 Americans die by suicide—among the top ten leading causes of death for adults, ages 18 to 65—every year.  90 percent of suicide’s victims have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.  When Lucinda couldn’t find the positive support and guidance she and her children needed after her husband’s suicide, she vowed to share her story to help others who have suffered a sudden, devastating loss find comfort and restore their lives.