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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

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Wonderful entry to those just starting to struggle with anxiety and depression

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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Brilliant and candid.

As a mental health professional, I recommend it to some of my patients who might benefit, as well.

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Everything I feel but could never find the words.

It's nice to have someone explain how I've felt for so long. Really great book.

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This book helped pull me back from the edge!

This book was an easy listen at a time in my life where all seemed dark and lost. I'm very appreciative that it is written with such brutal honesty! You are never truly alone! And you can and must overcome that which ailes your mind and soul. I gained many tips on great ways to help pull myself back to life and meanwhile also obtained from the writer a great list of sugesstions in other books!

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WOW!!!!!

This is an amazing book!!!!! I highly recommend it for BOTH those that suffer with depression and those that don't. If you suffer from it, this book will help you understand you aren't alone and give you another push to KEEP LIVING. If you don't suffer from depression, you should read this book so you can begin to understand the agony that comes with depression.

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A good look into another human's soul

This is a great book for anyone struggling through depression. Not because it has guaranteed fixes or reliable coping tips, because it doesn't.. no book does, but it gives a peek into another person's view of their depression. A description closely relating to anyone going through depression and to read/hear first hand that we arent the only ones who feel this way. Truly feel depression and that it can get better. Not permanently fixed.... but better.

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Mostly him telling his sad stories

Spoiler alert, it's love. Now you can skip it. It's really boring. It's a time line of sadness and depression and it made me depressed listening to it. It's not very uplifting or motivating.

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Reasons to Stay Alive

This book opened my eyes to what anxiety and depression really are. It has givin me a new perspective on things! Loved it!

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Would you listen to Reasons to Stay Alive again? Why?

I would listen to Reasons To Stay Alive for the rest of my life.

What did you like best about this story?

this book was honest. I love how he tells us everything he was going through and then comes back and shows us that he is still alive and Living

What does Matt Haig bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

he tells it like it is. There's no sugar-coating depression and he didn't.

What did you learn from Reasons to Stay Alive that you would use in your daily life?

I will use anything that came from this book. I have depression myself and sometimes it's hard to get out of bed. This book inspired me to follow some-what in his footsteps and WRITE and READ if i have depression.

Any additional comments?

If you have depression, OR YOU DON'T HAVE DEPRESSION, READ THIS FREAKING BOOK. it's so honest and it really is amazing and educational about what some people aer going through Daily.

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too self-centered

I found this book to be too self-centered. Maybe I started reading for the wrong reasons. I was looking for a motivational book after contemplating suicide but this is just some depressed individual's memoir. If you are looking for a self-help manual, this book is not it. It's more of a manual.

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