Reasons to Stay AliveeBook - 2015
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A moving and upbeat account of how Matt Haig survived depression and anxiety.
vpl_booksjustforyou Aug 08, 2017
This life-affirming book details Haig's personal experiences with depression. Accessible and very moving. This might be a good choice for fans of Jojo Moyes' Me Before You.
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"If you have ever believed a depressive wants to be happy, you are wrong. They could not care less about the luxury of happiness. They just want to feel an absence of pain.”
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Matt Haig and his girlfriend Andrea were spending the summer in Ibiza, working at one of the island’s biggest party destinations when the otherwise reasonably healthy twenty-four year old suffered a mental breakdown, consisting of depression, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts. He had perhaps been drinking too much, and sleeping too little, but the severity of the breakdown seemed out of all proportion to anything that had gone before. After a few very intense days, he found himself standing on the edge of a cliff, contemplating ending his life. In retrospect, there were a few warning signs, but nothing that would have stuck out without the breakdown. From the distance of fourteen years, Haig recounts the experience, and the slow road back to mental and physical health.
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