Just wow. This is an amazing book. Should I just stop there? Because all other statements may simply pale.
"Depression robs us of the ability to think of anything but the worst possible outcome. Period. It is inevitable. That is the logical end to every thought and action and sequence."
Heather B. Armstrong is a brave person to have written this saga of how depressions kills your soul. Let me just tell you now how I feel about those who don't believe there is such a thing as depression. It's real. It's debilitating. It's soul robbing. It's exhausting. It's scary. Depression has been a part of my life, unfortunately, for years. There is a long, unrecognized lineage in my own family of anxiety and depression. My father called them all "high strung". Yeah. That's the truth.
The author gives us a brilliantly written autobiography of how bleak life is living with depression, and all you ever want is peace. She talks about wanting to be dead, which is so relatable to those who also suffer. No plan, because that would require thinking, so just the wishing is all that is possible. I . Get. It.
Heather takes us on her journey through a research study to eliminate her depression by the use of "the Michael Jackson drug" propofol. We feel the heaviness of her depression in the beginning, and share her hopelessness. Told on the backdrop of a Mormon upbringing and single motherhood, we feel her struggle. Such a well written book, the reader becomes a cheerleader for Heather in her recovery. We read her descriptions of her awakening to a world that allows her to once again live and love her life.
This book is a must read. Period. If you know someone that has depression, this book may help explain how the illness itself impairs the patient to help themselves to help themselves. If you suffer, just go buy this book. You will cry many times in recognition of your own thoughts. I applaud the author for her honesty to bare her soul. A total five star read. I will be adding this to my book club read for October 2019.
Thank you to #NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And most of all thank you to the author #HeatherBArmstrong and all the medical personnel who commit their lives to helping those of us who have mental health disorders. #TheValedictorianOfBeingDead
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2019 Reading Challenge
Karen has read 94 books toward their goal of 200 books.