Clinical hypnotherapist authors a novel about ghosting and grieving


Dubai, UAE: Young Author Academy is delighted to announce the launch of ‘Disappear’, a novel by Mai Elsayed, a clinical hypnotherapist and the first young Arab author to compose a novel that discusses the dimensions of psychology in the form of a capturing narrative.

The young-adult novel is based on a true story where the author narrates the life events of Rose, who was ghosted by the love of her life. The readers get to live inside the main character’s mind who was going through the different stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. 

While bereavement due to the death of a loved one is widely discussed, grieving due to being ghosted is ignored and rarely explored. Ironically, technology and social media have been marketed as tools that aid globalization and mitigate distances. Disappear, on the other hand, unravels how these very tools can destroy relationships beyond repair.

“Topics like grief and how it could lead to depression and suicidal thoughts often go unnoticed and undiscussed. With the rise of technology, it is very easy to ghost people, especially in a long-distance relationship. I hope that ‘Disappear’ will help the victims of being ghosted realise that they are not alone and that there is hope to heal. It is my mission to eliminate mental health stigma and empower those who are struggling to face their demons by making them feel accepted, heard and most importantly understood,” said Mai Elsayed, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Author of Disappear.

“Life is a pattern of Yin-Yang. We can never see the light if we don’t know what darkness feels like. Similarly, the shadow of the dark times will cease to exist without the light of the good ones. Hence, the bitter-sweet balance of life. I am always keen to highlight that what matters are the lessons we learn from the undesirable experiences we go through. We may not be able to control the circumstances, but we always have the choice of how to react to the things that happen to us,” added Elsayed.

“Publishing ‘Disappear’ was a fabulous journey in itself for me as, essentially, the first reader.  Peeking into the life of someone who has suffered immense sadness was heartbreaking, yet incredibly empathy invoking. Mai’s novel had me hooked from the beginning and had me ride a roller coaster of emotions to the very end,” commented Annemieke Woodbridge, General Manager, Young Author Academy.

The book with ISBN 979-8677923951 is available for purchase on Amazon in the UAE, UK, US, Australia, India and other parts of the world.

About Mai Elsayed:

Mai Elsayed is a 25-year old female who studied Mass Communication at The American University of Sharjah. She was curious to understand how the human mind works and why people behave differently to the same stimulus. Therefore, she further expanded her skills by studying clinical hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Elsayed is especially interested in decoding psychological challenges such as depression, anxiety, grief and eating disorders. She is currently running her own blog. where she talks about the different aspects of psychological and physical well-being while encouraging people to open up and share their story.

About Young Author Academy:

After discovering her daughter’s love for story writing and her newfound interest in publishing, Annemieke combined her love for business process, technology and her children’s home learning to launch Young Author Academy.

With the mantra of “Dare to be Remarkable”, Annemieke launched Young Author Academy and created the platform where youngsters can develop their writing skills and publish their stories, whether it be short stories or a novel.

Through Young Author Academy, young writers now have the opportunity to become a published Author and have their book available on the global Amazon Store.

Annemieke Woodbridge has published numerous Young Author (over 100) including her own two childrens’ books. She is an Author herself of Reference Books and children’s books.