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One cannot help but feel the author’s frustration as she labors to convey the symptoms of her crippling disorder to numerous medical professionals. In her book, Rees delivers scathing rebukes to those who dismiss her desperate attempts at seeking genuine insight into the drastic changes of her psyche. Centered in the sights of her criticism is the field of psychology in the UK as she came to experience it. Rees argues that the entire therapy system is inherently flawed in that therapists refuse to truly listen to their patients. Rather than consider the possibility that a given patient might actually have something to contribute to the discussion, he or she must instead be coddled and guided into an acceptance that they cannot know what’s best for them and must accept the practitioner’s words as gospel truth. On top of this, they seem unable or unwilling to recognize the possibility of a physical cause. Patients who have baffled the medical field send their patients down a road ending in the cul-de-sac of psychotherapy, burning the bridge behind them.
The author did not have the luxury of merely accepting this. Her persisting symptoms would not let her. Taking control of her own treatment, she strikes out on a course to research everything she can to shed light on her condition. One at a time, she rules out explanations that at first promise answers but fail to deliver a final verdict.
One must admire Rees as she does everything she can to cope with daily life hampered by her impairments. Commendable is her continued determination to seek out solutions that will restore the person she was before she lost so much of herself. The very act of compiling years of experiences and analyses into a presentable volume must have been taxing. No book is easy to write, and this author has succeeded despite challenges beyond what most of us can imagine.
At the end of the book she includes a page explaining that while she was able to trace the root cause to a mandatory vaccine, she is adamant that her writing is not an attack on the use of vaccines in general. She was a minority case that fell prey to rare side-effects that all doctors know exist. It is a medical field bereft of the ability and motivation to work with patients of rare conditions that she confronts head on.
Anyone who has ever felt isolated and alone will find much to relate to here. While the author’s condition is extremely rare and possibly one-of-a-kind, this book is recommended reading for anyone who has had to struggle against doctors and medical professionals who fail to take seriously what their patients have to say. The one-size-fits-all approach is efficient and serves many, but there will always be those who slip through the cracks. Testaments like this one have served as precedents for change, historically. Students of the medical and psychological professions ought to have such narratives as required reading in schools, if they don’t already.
Rees presents her opinions and anecdotes so wholeheartedly that it is inevitable that a reader will find something they might not agree with. However, this is more of a strength than a weakness as it challenges us to think. We are treated to an unvarnished view inside the mind of a truly unique person rendered more so by random tragedy.
Lia Rees suffered a brain injury and watched her world flip upside down. What followed was 10 years of trying to figure out what happened and how to get her life back to normal. In this memoir, Lia describes how she adapted and her tireless efforts to unravel the mystery surrounding her health.
Lia's writing style is refreshing and approachable. She tells her tale in a open and raw way, holding nothing back and with a distinct lack of self-pity. She absolutely captures the loneliness of having few people on your side and the indignity of having to listen to people who are wrong and won't take you seriously.
But I'm Not Depressed is a moving memoir, one that will speak to many people. I found myself laughing in some places, nodding in agreement in others, and reflecting a lot on my own life. Lia is a gifted writer and I look forward to her future publications.
Rees’ ability to put thought to paper despite the challenges she’s faced absolutely stunned me. The pictures she draws and the feelings she conveys through her words drew me in and mesmerized me. Non-fiction isn’t typically something I read but this caught my eye and I gave it a chance. I’m very glad I did, it’s changed my outlook on my own struggle with depression. A battle that’s very real to me.
But, you say, she wasn’t depressed. She wasn’t, but she was treated as if she was and in so many ways it validates the feelings some of the medical professionals I’ve worked with have left me with.
Her refusal to take no for an answer, her willingness to try anything to heal herself, and her sheer will to keep going when her mind was willing to sit and do nothing impresses and motivates me to do the same for myself. Lia Rees is inspiration and proof that perseverance pays off.
I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s not a long read, but you won’t want to put it down. Her story is sure to inspire you in some way just as it did me.
The author takes the reader on a journey from the early onset of the injury, through the years of being misdiagnosed and mistreated, until she is finally able to reclaim part of her original self and do the research that finally puts her on a (hopefully) more effective path through treatment.
For anyone interested in the effects of brain injuries, or who have perhaps been on a similar journey, or just looking for a well-told story of overcoming the loss of self, I highly recommend this book.
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