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Not Alone: Stories Of Living With Depression Paperback – September 22, 2011
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About the Author
Alise Wright is married to her best friend Jason and is the mom to four incredible kids. She loves writing, knitting, playing keyboards in a cover band, and eating soup. She writes about faith, family and friendship regularly at her blog, alise-write.com
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I was also hoping that this book relayed stories from people who are living with chronic depression. The vast majority of stories are of people who are overcoming episodes, and their depression is treatable.
The stories are divided into four sections, Awareness, Acceptance, Recovery, and Post-Depression Reflections. All the writers come from different backgrounds, so no two stories are the same. But they all share a common theme: finding some kind of light in the midst of the darkness.
If you are suffering from depression, or know some one who is, this is a must-read!
The project came about after blogger Alise Wright shared about her own experiences with this disease that still hides behind such a stigma. As people chimed in with comments and guest posts, a chord of fraternity resonated amongst those who suffer, many times in silent torture. Fast forward a bit to this month, when the compilation of these stories makes its way to the world in book form.
Wright has divided the book into several sections: Awareness, Acceptance, Recovery, and Post-Depression Reflections. Each one paints an emotional, poignant description of the many faces depression takes. Since the stories come from so many different authors, there are various causes, treatments, and prognoses. As they share the ways they have dealt with depression, they are illuminating a beacon of hope for those that feel they have none.
The book sheds light in a dark place, a place where it's easy to feel trapped and helpless. This is not a quick-fix book full of easy answers, but it is real. It is diverse. It is revealing. I suspect a lot of people will find themselves within these stories and feel a little less isolated. The book is not only a step in the right direction for those who struggle with depression, but priceless for those of us who want to understand them.