How Saying Yes to Depression Leads Us into Healing by Melissa Sarazin

depressionReviewed by Mary Ebert

This was a well written book. It had an almost Under the Tuscan Sun feel to it. The author takes you on her journey through depression which I found to be very brave. Depression isn’t nearly as talked about as it should be, and most people think you can just pop out of it. If it were possible, looking at Ms Sarazin’s life she would have done it. For all she had, Ms. Sarazin couldn’t wake up one day magically fixed.

As a fellow person living and coping with depression, I have to admit that I am grateful for many of the descriptive passages that show how fast and how completely depression can hit. In her writings she discusses being happy, upbeat and fine one minute and the next hating her job and feeling like going to bed and just staying there. .It’s something that every one with depression feels but no one talks about because so many people think we are just being lazy. If we had control over it we wouldn’t feel like this.

The other thing that is different than other books on the subject was the discussion of schedules. I’ve been addicted to planners, routine, and in general knowing what’s next in my life ever since I was diagnosed depressive at the age of twenty.. I never knew that it could be a very real sign of the illness. Throwing a depressive off their sechule is a very serious problem and could land that person back into the throws of the illness. It was through reading this book that I discovered I wasn’t alone in feeling out of sorts and depressed when my life was thrown wildly off of it’s routine. Overall this book is good at showing you that as isolated as you feel because of this illness you aren’t alone and other people are going through this the same way you are.

As inspirational as I found the book I don’t think it deserves to be classified as it is. Although the story is motivational and talks about health issues the things that in my mind set up either the self help or alternative medicine categories are useable tools that are incorporated through out the book as a means of showing you how to use the tools given in daily living. The author did that but by her own admission it was an after thought. Because it was an afterthought people who are picking this up as their first book on depression probably won’t find it as helpful as I did.

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