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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 brave, first-hand account

It’s tough to write a book like this one. The stigma around mental health and our fears about what people will think of us if we divulge our inner feelings often leave us thinking it would be better to keep said feelings to ourselves. I’m glad Haig didn’t do that here, as it’s clear that this book will help (and has already helped) a lot of people. It’s a quick read, but also one that’s filled with pearls of wisdom on persisting through anxiety and depression. Haig’s writing is brutally honest, and that’s refreshing, even if it does get a little triggering at times. Oh well, I guess that comes with the territory of talking about such sensitive subjects. I think my only actual nitpick on this one is that it seems to focus a little more on anxiety than depression. Though the two are of course peas in a pod, I do wish he went a little further on the latter, especially given how the book is marketed as a read on depression. That said, I think it’s still a solid book for anyone looking to learn more about mental health or figure out how to make better sense of their neuroses. -Brian Sachetta Author of “Get Out of Your Head”

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mistitled

this was about his trip through depression. should change the title. not much about reasons to stay alive

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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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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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Changed My Life

When I was a Child, I dissociated from my body in order to protect myself. Reading this book, I felt that process in reverse and involuntary. I am eternally grateful.