Title: Depression is a liar
Author: Danny Baker
Genre: Mental health, suicide
“You might be wondering why I didn’t just kill myself if I wholeheartedly believed that my future consisted of nothing more than excruciating misery. Well, first of all, I still was not a quitter. But more importantly, I didn’t want to hurt the people that loved me.”
Goodreads says: Depression is living in a body that fights to survive . . . with a mind that tries to die.
Depression is fear, despair, emptiness, numbness, shame, embarrassment and the inability to recognise the fun, happy person you used to be.
Depression is the incapacity to construct or envision a future.
Depression is losing the desire to partake in life.
Depression can cause you to feel completely alone – even when you’re surrounded by people.
Worst of all, depression can convince you that there’s no way out. It can convince you that your pain is eternal, and destined to oppress you for the rest of your days. And it’s when you’re in that horrifically black place, staring down the barrel of what you truly believe can only be a lifetime of wretched agony, that your thoughts turn to suicide – because depression has convinced you that it’s the only way out.
But depression is a liar.
Recovery IS possible – and I can prove it to you.
My name’s Danny Baker, and for four years, I suffered from life-threatening bouts of depression that led to alcoholism, drug abuse, medicine-induced psychosis and multiple hospitalisations. But over time, I managed to recover, and these days, I’m happy, healthy, and absolutely love my life.
What I think of it
I decided to read this book because I suffer from depression and I’m not recovered yet. I’ve read many self-help books but none really helped. I don’t see this one as a self-help book but more as one that explains how depression feels like. It’s good for people who have never been in contact with depression themselves but know someone with it and want to understand it. The book was interesting, and I would recommend it to people who want to know more about depression. Unlike some other people I can’t say that this book helped me, but I can relate to it. It took me a month to finish it as some parts were just boring but I am glad I finished it after all.