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Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within Paperback – March 4, 2014
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"A well-written, novel-like story offering hope for recovery for families in the throes of mental illness."
"Mental illness recognizes no borders, yet few books have explored the difficulties of individuals dealing with cultural differences and none has done it better than Shadows in the Sun. Beautifully written, Gayathri Ramprasad chronicles the devastating impact that depression wreaks on an entire family and then brings us into the light with her inspiring story of recovery. This book is a true gift to all those struggling with a mental disorder and those of us who love them. In writing it, Gayathri Ramprasad establishes herself as an international voice of hope."
--Pete Earley, author of CRAZY: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness
"Gayathri Ramprasad writes eloquently about depression, and about building a meaningful life in the face of mental illness.
--Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
Everyone who struggles with a mental illness, or who knows anyone with depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness, must read this engrossing true story of courage in the face of heartbreaking adversity."
--Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., President, American Psychiatric Association
"Gayathri's story of self-transformation is a marvel and inspiration for all of us--those who suffer, those who serve--that even at the darkest moments, hope, recovery and peace are possible."
--Christopher Gordon, MD, medical director, Advocates Inc.; Associate clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"She has broken the silence for Indians across the globe and makes it possible for all of us, and especially our children, to embrace their most powerful experiences as opportunities for extraordinary transformation."
--Chacku Mathai, STAR Center director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
"Shadows in the Sun is an excellent source for any clinician, patient, or family member to understand the disease of depression and the cost that keeping the disease hidden is having on all family cultures."
--R. Murali Krishna, MD, president, INTEGRIS James L. Hall, Jr. Center for Mind, Body & Spirit
"Her unflinching honesty is a powerful weapon against the experience of depression which so often eludes language and is shrouded in silence."
--Clare Miller, director, Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Foundation
"A tremendous contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the evolution of depression, in the context of culture and the impact among cultures."
--David Satcher, MD, PhD, Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute Morehouse School of Medicine, Poussiant-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health, 16th Surgeon General of the United States
"Gayathri pens a memoir about an anguishing mental illness that ends in redemption and grace."
--Therese Borchard, author of Beyond the Blue
"A testament to the power of perseverance, and a must-read for anyone looking for living proof that all things are possible."
--Jeff Bell, author, Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of OCD; Founder, The adversity 2 advocacy alliance
"Living proof of the healing power of understanding."
--Brandon Staglin, schizophrenia survivor and Communications Director, International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO)
"Anyone reading her book will gain valuable insight into what it is like to struggle with serious emotional and mental disorders, as well as receiving a most precious gift--reason to believe that such a harrowing journey can lead to hope and healing."
--John Head, author of Standing in the Shadows: Understanding and Overcoming Depression in Black Men
"Shadows in the Sun illuminates us all with fierce truth and beauty, and inspires us to our core."
--Janine Francolini Founder, The Flawless Foundation
"Shadows in the Sun fights the stigma and cultural misunderstanding of mental illness on a global scale. A must read, even if mental illness has not touched your family."
--Jessie Close, BringChange2Mind
"Highly recommended--You don't have to be depressed or have experienced depression or mental illness to read Shadows in the Sun. It is an utterly fascinating, compelling, passionate memoir that also offers a great cultural perspective on life in India and what it's like to be an immigrant."
"The struggles that [Gayathri] and her family underwent through will help others feel less alone as well as isolated and perhaps this book can help break barriers down so people who suffer won't be treated badly."
About the Author
A Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), she is also a member of the Global Speakers Federation, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (past Board member, NAMI Oregon), and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.
Gayathri is the winner of the prestigious Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Voice Award for Consumer Leadership sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Gayathri lives in Portland, OR.
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Top Customer Reviews
It takes a surprising turn from the beginning to the end.
It starts as a semi-autobiographical novel of sorts, about the daily life of a young girl who bobs her hair, wears miniskirts and rebels, then dons a sari, gets married and moves to the United States. Her first impressions of America are quite funny. It gently coaxes the reader into the world of a woman who experiences depression and anxiety and then how she manages with the illness and not only overcomes the pain and suffering but succeeds in becoming a spokesperson and takes a leadership role for those who suffer as she did.
The compelling story morphs into a helpful book without being too complicated or instructional.
The story is uplifting in every aspect and that was skillfully done considering the main theme was fighting mental illness.
I read a lot of novels and this book provides both an interesting story line and the possible benefit of some therapeutic information as well as hope for those struggling. The end of the book lists some helpful resources and has consideration for alternative therapies. Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within
—Delaney Ruston, MD, Fulbright Scholar, Filmmaker, and Mental Health Advocate
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is an intense read because Gayathri exposes her inner demons and everything she endured throughout her journey to recovery. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Catfan83
Wonderful book, a great look from the outside in on what others feel as well as families, friends and others regarding depression, anxiety and what happens in a culture that... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nani
This book transcends cultural barriesr. It should be read by anyone with a love one who suffers from anxiety or depression. It is a great insight into the battle within.Published 9 months ago by Joseph J. Werns
Interesting and moving story about a young woman learning to cope with serious, clinical depression, with the expectations of family and culture and coming through. Read morePublished 10 months ago by C. Kissling
This book inspired me and I wrote to the author about my own depression and she responded. Unusual for sure! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sarah L. Brooks
What a Gem of a book!
A very personal account of one persons struggle with mental illness in a world where little is known on how to treat mental illness.
Gayathri takes us on a beautiful journey from her life as a young girl in India, to her eventual inability to cope with the depressive disorder which almost derailed her life. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Selina I. Glater