A healing memoir of Lee’s journey from childhood abuse to his struggles as an adult with depression and anger. After a recurring pattern of failed relationships, Lee comes to the realization of his past and finds his voice to inspire others. His powerful journey of recovery will embolden you to find freedom and healing by facing the truth of your inner life.
Living with the Dragon is filled with lessons for breaking the chain of abuse and tools to manage anger, depression and anxiety.
“In his first book, Jason Lee invites men to walk the path of transformation. Full of relatable experiences, this book is a must-read for men who want a sunnier future for themselves and their families.” – Guillermo Comesana, M.ED., R.C.C.
“It was Wednesday, April 1st and I was in Edmonton, Alberta for work. Another argument had taken place by phone and text between my fiancee and me. I repeatedly badgered her with angry texts throughout the night because she once again told me that I was being abusive and that I needed to stop. She pleaded with me, but my intense rage was fueled by each text I sent…landing blow after blow with my verbal punches…”
– From Living with the Dragon.
ON SETTING THE TONE
“I decided to set the tone early in the Introduction to my book. Although I had all the basic necessities growing up, the childhood abuse I faced by the hands of my father and family members had much more of an impact on my adult life than I realized. I wanted to share about my struggles as an adult with anger and abuse in my relationships because I realized I needed to take ownership for my mistakes. I wanted to talk about the things my friends and family members would never have imagined I’d do, such as: yelling furiously at my son when he was seven years old for losing his sandals, shouting uncontrollably at my former fiancée just hours before our engagement dinner and shaming my loved ones with spiteful words. My anger led me down a path of depression, loneliness and anxiety. It’s a part of me that I struggled with…the ‘dragon’ that lives inside me that I needed to be more aware of.”
WHY IS SO IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT MEN’S HEALTH NOW?
“There’s a positive shift happening right now with men’s mental health, but it’s not happening fast enough. We still see mass shootings and sexual harassment cases in the media which clearly means that men are still struggling with their inner health. Men deal with mental health a lot differently than women…it’s not an excuse, it’s a fact. Men who suffer from depression and anxiety often lash out with anger. They feel angry sometimes without even understanding why. I’m one of few to open up about my anger management problems. I hope by sharing my story, I will blaze a trail for men to realize that they can also turn things around and live happier and healthier lives with their families.”
HAS IT BEEN CHALLENGING FOR YOU TO SHARE SUCH PERSONAL EXPERIENCES?
“The most difficult part was after my last relationship ended and I bravely came to terms and openly admitted that I was abusive. That was terribly frightening for me to put myself out there to family members and friends. It was a shameful time for me, but necessary to those I’ve hurt as well as for myself. Once I exposed all that and worked on getting professional help, it made sense for me to write a book and inspire others.”
“I’ve been seriously thinking about a 2nd book titled, Living with the Cat – A Whimsical Look on Life. The idea came about because of my newest family member, Inori (my cat). I just love watching her odd behavior and how the simplest things make her happy. I thought it’d be a good follow up to Living with the Dragon and a delightful contrast to the heavier content from the 1st book.”