If you have ever had depression, have a family member with depression, treated a patient with depression or worked on an inpatient unit with depressed people this book is a must read. Carol's firsthand account of her illness is frank, touching, insightful and informative and clearly shows that depression is not just a diagnosis, but has a person attached to it, whose feelings are often overlooked. --Joel L. Schwartz M.D., Emeritus Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry, Abington Memorial Hospital
Carol Kivler's writing, like her public speaking, invites others to join her inspiring journey of recovery. Through entering into her experience, others are empowered to face their own struggles with hope and courage. I thank Carol for opening our eyes to the transformation of her life from illness to recovery with the healing power of ECT. I look forward to hearing of the many people whose lives will also be transformed through reading this book. --Sally T. Osmer, MDiv, LCSW, Executive Director NAMI-Mercer, NJ
Carol's courageous message confirms what I have always believed about the life changing effects of ECT. I am thrilled that she has shared her personal experience in such an honest and informative manner so that others may benefit from this beneficial but often misunderstood treatment option. --Kathy Dempsey, Former Director of Psychiatric Services, Memorial Health Care System
About the Author
Carol A. Kivler, MS, CSP, President of Kivler Communications, is a speaker, motivator, training consultant, executive coach, and author. Her company provides customized corporate training and executive coaching to a wide range of corporations, organizations, government agencies, and school systems. She has conducted more than 2,500 corporate programs and motivational speeches.
Carol is also the founder of Courageous Recovery, through which she speaks to individuals, their loved ones and health care professionals to raise awareness, instill hope and combat stigma surrounding mental health diagnoses and treatments. She shares her journey of recovery from four bouts of medication-resistant depression and her positive experience with life-saving ECT (shock therapy) through speeches, her books and her blog. Carol was the first non-mental health professional on the Board of Directors of NAMI-Mercer, NJ and continues to be actively involved in its mission. In 2008 she was the recipient of the Garden State Seeds of Hope Award presented by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. This award honors exceptional people who go to extraordinary lengths to help and give hope to others.
Carol received a BS in business education from The College of New Jersey and a MS in human resource education from Fordham University.