Reasons to Stay Alive Paperback – 31 Dec 2015
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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.
At the end of the book I said “Thankyou Matt”
Matt, should you read this review (I know you do read some) thank you for writing this book, it really did help me feel less alone and alien-like. The fact you included the fear of it returning (something I feel when I have a few down days in a row) and what makes you feel better when experiencing that really helped me. Thank you for writing this book.
I suffer from depression since I was in my early teenage years and lately also from anxiety and it is terrifying to ‘live’ in this way so when I heard about this book I decided to purchase it and honestly this is the best purchase and investment that I have ever made. Of course, the depression and the anxiety didn’t despair but I felt better because it made me realise that I am not alone in this and yes there will be a time when I will be better. One thing about depression is that it robs you from hope and makes you believe that there is no future for you but this is a lie, THERE IS A FUTURE FOR YOU. Of course, it isn’t an easy journey but at the end is worth it.
I would like to thank the author Matt Haig for this book and for sharing his fight with both Depression and Anxiety. One thing that I realise reading Reason to stay Alive is that who suffer from Mental Illness is a FIGHTER.
“Be brave. Be Strong. Breathe, and keep going. You will thank yourself later.’’ Matt Haig – Reasons to Stay Alive.