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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (January 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599951568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599951560
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

After compiling several books of essays featuring other people's voices (I Like Being Catholic), popular Beliefnet.com blogger Borchard lifts her own voice to tell her story. She's a mental health train wreck—recovering alcoholic, bipolar, a touch of obsessive-compulsive, highly sensitive and therefore easily overstimulated in places like Toys R Us, where mothers of young children are sentenced to go. Fortunately for Borchard's family and herself, too, this is a funny book that she lived to write, after six psychiatrists, 23 medication combinations and hospitalization. Borchard's gift and distinction is her humor, the golden rope out of the pit of despair and a tool for transforming hysteria into hysterical laughter. She does a good job of countering the you-are-what-you-think crowd who blame the mentally ill for their own illness. Some readers might find there's TMI (too much information), but the author's desire to be helpful is boundless. This self-help memoir offers hope, particularly for those with intractable depression. Even better, it offers levity. (Jan. 6)
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About the Author

Therese Borchard is the author of hit daily blog "Beyond Blue" on Beliefnet.com, one of the most popular columns on the site. Her blog appears weekly on The Huffington Post, and she is becoming a top go-to expert in pop psychology. Her work has recently been cited in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Her work has been featured in salon.com, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Redbook, Parenting, More and Ladies Home Journal.

Borchard writes a syndicated column for the Catholic News Service and is a regular guest on Sirius Satellite Radio.

She is the author of I Love Being a Mom (a Target selection) and co-author of I Like Being Catholic.

She resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two young children.

More About the Author

Therese Borchard is the author of hit daily blog "Beyond Blue" on Beliefnet.com, one of the most popular columns on the site. Her blog appears weekly on The Huffington Post, and she is becoming a top go-to expert in pop psychology. Her work has recently been cited in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.Her work has been featured in salon.com, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Redbook, Parenting,More and Ladies Home Journal.Borchard writes a syndicated column for the Catholic News Service and is a regular guest on Sirius Satellite Radio.She is the author of I Love Being a Mom (a Target selection) and co-author of I Like Being Catholic.She resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two young children.

Customer Reviews

I encourage anyone who suffers with depression to read this book.
Charlotte M. Palm
If you can see yourself, keep reading and see the way out of the forest and find out there is someone out there who really understands you.
F. Bucher
I've been a huge fan of Therese and her blog, Beyond Blue, for some time.
M. Tartakovsky

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When I knew I was going to be writing about her book, I sent a Facebook message to Therese Borchard.

"Review on the way," I told her. "Don't kill yourself this weekend."

It felt good to write that cheeky message, because Therese Borchard wasn't likely to kill herself over the weekend. And I think it's a good bet she won't do herself in this week, or anytime soon. And not because she has two kids who need her or a husband who loves her, but because she had the courage to go beyond seven inferior therapists and well-meaning but addled New Age healers and --- at last --- found caring, talented professionals who actually helped her.

This is not quite the same thing as dreaming of a killer dress and trying every store in town until you find it.

As she writes, by way of introduction, at the start of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes:

"I'm a manic-depressive, an alcoholic, and an adult child of an alcoholic; a codependent, a boundaries violator and a stage-four people-pleaser; an information hoarder or a clutter magnet; an Internet abuser; and an obsessive-compulsive or ritual-performing weirdo; a sugar addict; a caffeine junkie; a reformed binge smoker, and an exercise fanatic; a hormonally unbalanced female, a PMS-prone time bomb, and a sexually dysfunctional or neutered creature, a workaholic; an HSP (highly sensitive person); and, of course, I'm Catholic."

In clinical terms: suicidal for almost two years, endured 22 failed medication combinations, twice committed to a psych ward.

In laymen's terms: a full-blown trainwreck, barely holding on to life.

And, now, obviously, better. Much better. That is, realistically better --- she has good days and bad days.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Leach on January 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Disclosure: I know Therese Borchard, Therese Borchard is a friend of mine, and let me tell you, the Therese Borchard in the pages of Beyond Blue is the Therese Borchard I know and love. I am a book editor and publisher (not of Beyond Blue) and the thing I look for most in new books is authenticity, honesty, and a lightness to leaven a powerful theme. That is all here. Therese has been through the hell of clincal depression, still struggles with it, and tells her story in Beyond Blue in such a way that it is the story of everyone else who has gone through this hell. Her book will surely help readers transcend their suffering and regain a sense of lightness as well as understanding and compassion for themselves and otehrs.. If I were a doctor or a minister or any kind of mental health professional, I'd have copies of Beyond Blue on my desk to give to those who come to me for support. I may know the author but I also know a genuinely helpful book when I read one, and this is it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte M. Palm on January 15, 2011
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Therese puts this book in terms anyone suffering from depression or having a family member who suffers from depression or bi-polar disorder can understand. I read this book for the first time on my Kindle. I just ordered my own personal copy so I can use a marker, write in the margins, etc. Reading Beyond Blue has helped me understand myself and my ongoing battle with depression. I encourage anyone who suffers with depression to read this book. You will be forever grateful to Therese Bouchard.

I have bought and read many books from Amazon, this was the very first time I felt compelled to write a review.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Steve Woodruff on May 7, 2010
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What if you were afflicted by major depression, AND obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), AND manic-depressive tendencies, AND anxiety issues - what would you be?

Well, Therese Borchard, I guess!

I just finished reading her story in her book Beyond Blue (Surviving Depression and Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes), which grew out of her Beyond Blue blog.

Why would I care about such a book? Well, because of my own history with depression. There's a unique window of understanding that fellow sufferers have, and I found it fascinating to trace Therese's thoughts and experiences in this volume.

And, I also felt immensely grateful that I did not experience the cocktail of disorders she seeks to survive daily!

Now I'll come right out and say that unless you are suffering with one of these disorders, or seeking to help someone else who is, you might find it to be heavy weather navigating Beyond Blue. However, for those with skewed brain chemistry, this is a valuable resource, for one overriding reason: You're not alone.

The greatest value of Terese's writing is that she very transparently, and often humorously, describes the day-to-day travails of living with a mind that refuses to stay within "normal" bounds. For those suffering with these afflictions, it can be tremendously lonely to experience the guilt, the confusion, the hopelessness that cannot be controlled by force of will. When she describes considering suicide 20 times a day, you cringe - but that's a silent and hideous reality for many folks, and Therese forthrightly lays it all out there.

Her writing style reflects her thought patterns, so there is an interesting "jumpiness" and spontaneity in the the book.
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