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Black Rainbow: How Words Healed Me - My Journey Through Depression Hardcover – 24 Apr 2014
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This book is written straight from the heart of darkness. Amazing (Ruby Wax, author of Sane New World)
Rachel Kelly has written with bracing honesty and considerable courage about her own struggles with depression. She tells of both her own travails and the solutions to them, and her book will be immensely helpful to others in like circumstances (Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree and The Noonday Demon)
A poignant and powerful description of one woman's journey through the abyss of depression, how she found solace in poetry and the inner strength to recover. This book offers hope and inspiration to anyone whose lives have been touched by mental illness (Marjorie Wallace CBE, Founder, SANE)
A revelatory read and alchemical tale of persona transformation: Kelly turns the lead of depression into the gold of emotional health. Art, in this case poetry, is movingly shown to be a royal route away from depression (Oliver James, psychologist and author of They F*** You Up)
I am utterly riveted by this book. It is completely compelling. (Isla Blair)
Outstanding ... I have never read anything so suitable for us to recommend to patients (Dr Martin Scurr)
harrowing but hopeful memoir of resistance and recovery (The Times)
Anyone touched by depression will take courage from Kelly's account; anyone else will gain a new and profoundly sympathetic understanding of the severity and arbitrariness of the disease. (The Times Magazine)
This is a moving addition to the body of depression literature, written with compassion and insight (The Observer)
a compelling and brutally honest account (Telegraph)
Kelly writes with honesty, lucidity and directness (Spectator)
The memoir has the gripping immediacy of a novel and taught me much about depression that perhaps I should have known, but didn't. Its advice on diet, exercise, supplements and getting help will be invaluable for anyone who finds themselves barked at by the black dog. (Bel Mooney Daily Mail)
It's a book we should all read, especially women, and especially those of us who have, like me, had their own struggles with what Winston Churchill (another sufferer) called the Black Dog ... Women, especially those with new babies, exhausted from pregnancy, sleepless nights and the sheer shock of motherhood, are often consumed with fear bordering on terror. That's what depression is, and if it applies to you or your daughter, take heart. Help is available. And it will help to read Rachel Kelly's Black Rainbow (Judy Finnigan Daily Express)
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There is a message in this breathtakingly honest and well written book (it reads like a gripping novel for those who like a page turner). It speaks to all of us. We women often drive ourselves too hard; we expect too much of ourselves; we need to learn that the world will accept us whoever we are, whatever we achieve. Our daughters need to hear that they can be who they want to be from a young age.
Rachel Kelly learned the hard way. What she hopes to achieve from this beautiful book is to spare the rest of us from the painful journey. And for that, at the very very least, we must be profoundly grateful.
Black Rainbow is an extraordinary book. Unflinchingly honest, courageous, eloquent and ultimately optimistic, it describes Kelly’s rapid descent into the hell of clinical depression and how she finally managed to claw her way out of the pit with the help of doctors, therapists, her family and poetry. As a journalist, Kelly relishes well-used words, and gives a detailed account of how the forty poems included in the book helped her in the process of renaissance from a state in which she could only lie in bed and scream, to that of a functioning writer, mother and wife with bushels of new-found wisdom to apply to living with her condition. ‘I still have a black dog,’ she reflects, ‘but I’ve got it on a tight lead’.
The book is about creativity, adoration, respect, courage, wisdom and words. Kelly’s husband deserves accolades for his steadfast bravery, faith and love and her children have also been superbly courageous. The bravery of Kelly herself though, not only in living with the illness but also, given her condition, in writing the book and taking her poetic philosophy into the field through workshops with depressed people and prisoners, surpasses it all.
If you or anyone you know or love is or has ever been depressed, read this book. If you ever feel anxious, read this book.Read more ›
Depression is a common affliction yet remains stigmatised, especially among the successful. It is a genuine illness, and as crippling as a broken leg or cancer. Black Rainbows is another step forward into bringing it into the light of day.
I learnt a lot from this book, admired the writer, could overlook the privileged background that gave her the level of support most of us can only dream of but...
Where Rachel lost me (and I'm sorry Rachel) was the incessant child bearing. It was obvious that post-natal depression was a huge part of the story and yet the author willingly undertook yet another pregnancy in the full knowlege that this could trigger a severe depressive episode. From what I remember of my own sufferings which were acute there is no way in hell I would have done anything that might have been likely to bring on another episode and I couldn't help thinking that Rachel was only able to play Russian Roulette because she had a saintly husband and mother. Sorry, but I found this intensely selfish.
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Mental health awareness: accessible and easy to read. Honest and open account of Rachel's experience of 'sudden' depression. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Wood
This candid exploration of depression was at times difficult to read. Kelly, a high functioning journalist, had every conceivable privilege. Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Doc
Black Rainboq gave pure insight into the unfathomable depths of depression I have never encountered before. A tender and heartfelt account of recovery that left me full of hope.Published 8 months ago by Amazon customer
Having had a really bad day I frantically searched my kindle for all books related to depression. I suppose I was hoping for some kind of cure. Read morePublished 12 months ago
Found book so inspiring. It gives me hope that I can live life without constant anxiety, fear and exhaustion. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Margaret
A very thoughtful description of her problems with mental health. I found it helpful andPublished 13 months ago by K atie
I bought this book for my daughter after seeing it advertised on daytime tv .......she also suffers with depression and has found the book very interesting ........Published 13 months ago by mrs margaret james
I wanted to try and understand how depression feels and how I could try and help someone close to me who was struggling. Rachel Kelly's book is vivid and honest. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
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