If you or a family member or friend suffers then this is a good book to read. It doesn't offer advice, but simply documents people's individual experiences in a solid and sensible way, without falling into the trap of being too anecdotal. It reflects the different tones and shades of what it means to suffer, and makes it clear that everyone will have a different experience. Well worth having if you need/want to know more about what it may mean to experience depression.
These kind of books generally have me wanting to throw them across the room in disgust at not 'feeling better' yet. Every page of this had me wanting to read another, I could barely perform the basic day to day chores but in reading this book, I was able to feel connected to others, there are others out there that really get it and know the struggle.
A sensitive and well-written personal and sociological account of the suffering of depression. Karp manages to bring the two aspects together (the first person perspective and the sociological) in a mutually enriching way. Very readable and highly recommended!