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Reasons to Stay Alive

By: Matt Haig
Narrated by: Matt Haig
Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
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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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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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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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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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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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thank you for helping me see

this book has helped me personally stay present on this earth and has assisted my husband in finally understanding the pain and distress I have felt off and on for decades. thank you for articulating the intensity and struggle so well. it has given me such hope.

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best book ever

best might be an exaggeration but this is definitely the best book on depression that I've ever found

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thank you Matt

This book is the best depiction and insight into depression and anxiety I’ve ever read.

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A stunningly real and revealing revelation

It’s impossible to really explain what it’s like to have or know someone who has had severe anxiety disorders. I have a son who has this illness and this book is the first time I truly believed and began to understand what he goes through.

It’s true. All of it.

Every human should listen to this book. It is a stunning telling of a life that has seen the absolute depth of despair and somehow survived. And we could all be where Matt has been. It’s so important to listen to his story. Please do so. It will change your life.