This is a heart-wrenching book about depression. It is a silent epidemic in our culture and in our world. Not too many people talk about it, yet it is the only way to bring some closure and help to the millions of people who suffer with this ailment.
Depression is a havoc-wrenching illness that masquerades as personal failing and hijacks your life, if you allow it. After a major suicide attempt in her early twenties, the author resolved to put her reporter’s skills to use to get to know here enemy, setting off on a journey to understand her condition, and the dizzying array of medical treatments that are available.
She charted the way depression wrecks so many of us, she mapped competing schools of therapy, pharmacology, cutting-edge medicine, the pill-popping pitfalls of long-term treatment, the glaring unknowns and the institutional shortcomings that both patients and practitioners are up against.
She interviewed leading medical experts across Canada and the US, from psychiatrists to neurologists, brain-mapping pioneers to family practitioners, and others dabbling in strange hyp0otheses. She shared compassionate conversations with fellow sufferers as well in this book.
This book tracks Anna’s quest for knowledge and her desire to get well. It is a book that is well researched and documented. It is a compelling story about the human spirit and the myriad ways we treat or fail to treat depression that accounts for more years swallowed up by disability than any other in the world.
I loved this informative book although I find it very sad. It is hard to believe that so many people struggle with depression. I know first-hand how hard they struggle after having read this very informative book.
Thank you for such an honest testament about depression.