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Reasons to Stay Alive Audio CD – Import, 21 June 2016
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About the Author
Matt Haig is an internationally bestselling author whose novels for children and adults have been translated into twenty-six languages. His children's books have won the Smarties Gold Medal, the Alex Award, and the Blue Peter Book Award and been nominated several times for the Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (21 June 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1799983250
- ISBN-13 : 978-1799983255
- Item Weight : 113 g
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 1.52 x 17.02 cm
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What struck me immediately was the earnestness and candidness in the tone of the writing. It can only come from someone who has sunk to the depths and risen from it, to an extent. For someone, who hasn't experienced depression or anxiety in any form, the story might seem like an exaggeration but that is definitely not the case. As masking is always seen as the more acceptable option when dealing with society, the worst of depression or anxiety never manifests itself in the visible world.
Being more attuned to fiction, I found the rawness of this book particularly refreshing and eye-opening. The shorter chapters interspersed with varying anecdotes lend well to reading by those who tend to slip in to contemplation and perhaps, recollection. Also, the book doesn't overdraw itself by being as concise as it is precise. It stands out as a good read by not only those experiencing anxiety or depression but by anyone in general, to better understand those invisible messages around us that just happen to be the most vital ones.
Love, love, love it! If you're suffering from depression and anxiety - even if you're not - read this book for perspective.
Matt is unable to reason how and why it happened, but he slips into a very deep depression. His self-esteem is dented severely, and he develops extreme anxiety – so much so that even walking to the store and buying something is unbearable. The descriptions of what he goes through are vivid and moving. At one point, he is only seconds away from taking his life. His girlfriend (and later wife) Andrea sticks by him as a pillar of support, and so do his parents. Drugs do not help, and it is only when he develops a high degree of self-awareness (as outlined on Eastern philosophy which is now the cornerstone of most mindfulness teachings) that his mental state improves.
As he points out, many people face depression and suicide takes so many lives every year. More men than women end their lives, though more women suffer from depression (while he does speculate on this in the book, there are good pointers on why this is case in the philosophies of Carl Jung & mythology commentaries of Joseph Campbell). Mental health is a critical subject and various simple habits you can easily inculcate can help.
It is not that he offers revolutionary new advice – however, it is simple, sensible and comes out of a very traumatic personal experience.
A book I strongly recommend.
🔹 Before this, I read Midnight library by the same author and loved it but I had a question about how the author got the idea to write something this way.
🔹 The book is like a biography, especially focused on certain points of his life where he faced depression + anxiety. The way he's describing his depression it's so emotional and much relatable that it feels like you're talking to an author directly.
🔹 He talked about his childhood and the trauma he faced as a child, the mental pressure he felt and the anxieties he had, he said he was a very soft emotional child.
🔹 He not only talked about his depression but also about what helped him overcome it and his research on it. He's breaking myths people have about it and how differently society sees such a person. We don't understand depression properly because we don't understand our brain properly yet so if something is helping him overcome his depression doesn't mean it will help another person too. The others have to find what works for them.
🌼 The book is so sensitive and emotional. I guess Depression is the state between life and death which he called MIDNIGHT LIBRARY.
📌 If you have anxiety or depression problems must try this book it will be like talking to a friend. ❤ This was the most relatable and connecting book I ever read.
Whether we have faced depression or not, we all might have our personal fears and anxieties. As a human being, we would have gone through various difficulties in life, which is why I feel there is something for everyone in this book... as it understands us,comforts us and leaves us with a spark of hope.
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I don’t know how it got so many great reviews!
I haven’t finished it... I didn’t find particularly interesting reading lists ( famous people with depression, depression symptoms from the nhs website, “how to live” tips, which include potentially dangerous advice: no drug in the world will make you feel better than being kind to people(!) - and we are talking about a mental disease here , right?)
I agree with other reviewers that point out the privileged position the author was living when depression stroke ... how about those with depression and not having the financial and emotional support he had? And those depressives with young kids to look after? And provide for ?
I think the title should warn us that this book is a personal diary and not necessary a book that will help you feel happy.
Finally, a book that really helped me to understand my depression and overcome it : Overcoming Depression , by Paul Gilbert
Let’s get one thing out of the way, I have depression; I have a teenage daughter with anxiety. This book helps me, and it will help her, and the most important part of this is that a writer has been brave, a publisher has been brave and the rewards are there to be seen. It is the most important thing that this book opens conversation.
There is so much to praise about this book: its style; its prose; its brutal honesty; yet any emotion for this book will be nothing but personal for each one of us, and for me it has confirmed my thinking after years of neglect, it has strengthened my purpose and it has given me a proverbial pat on the back to reward my determination to actually physically get here, to this point, and write this.
The detail and debate in this book, and the hints in which to lead a life while carrying depression, enrich my soul as well as making me want to cry. That egotistical side of me which always seems to want to put me in my place has just read something which my imagination has been telling it all along.
Life with depression can still be a brilliant life; here’s a book to remind you.
If you have depression or anxiety, if you live with or know someone who does, read this. Then perhaps read the next one and the next one. Thousands of people on Twitter agree.
To ease the pressure of depression I watch favourite movies; I listen to wonderful music; I read and I delve into my imagination while taking a walk:
I also now read Reasons To Stay Alive.
I am glad I did. I’m not going to post an in depth analysis because it’s nearly 1am and I’m tired. But the bottom line is this: I grew up with a depressive. I am a chronic depressive myself. I supported my partner with a serious bout of depression 2 years ago. All our experiences have been entirely different to one another’s. Yet this book somehow brought that all together. It made me feel light. It made me feel good. I am in an okay place at the moment, but next time I slip away, I think this book will be a ray of light that pierces the darkness. I think everyone should read it (not just the depressed) and it will be top of my list for inclusion in care packs from now on. Thanks to the author for writing it.