Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is his inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (now wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it.
Everyone's lives are touched by mental illness; if we do not suffer from it ourselves, then we have a friend or loved one who does. Haig's frankness about his experiences is both inspiring to those who feel daunted by depression and illuminating to those who are mystified by it. Above all, his humor and encouragement never let us lose sight of hope. Speaking as his present self to his former self in the depths of depression, Haig is adamant that the oldest cliché is the truest - there is light at the end of the tunnel. He teaches us to celebrate the small joys and moments of peace that life brings and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.
©2015 Matt Haig (P)2016 Tantor
This book was quite marvelous. Matt does a wonderful job of guiding you through his own trauma in a way that makes you feel as connected to him as you would to a character in a fiction novel. He bases many opinions on facts, and is very thorough in not only his personal hardships, but also those who suffered around him. I was just recently diagnosed with the "black dog" that is accompanied by severe panic and anxiety attacks. You do feel as though you are the only person to have ever felt what you are going through, and this book helps prove that (though each experience is unique) you are not alone. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is suffering themselves or cares for someone who is. It is an insightful look upon this nasty all too common disease that will help open your eyes to a new understanding of how to cope with being either the "ill" or the caretaker.
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