I have a story in there... and just so much more to catch up with. Its time we knew more and had better insight into the lived experiences; struggles, coping mechanisms and the day to day lives of those living with mental illnesses. Expert opinions, myth busting infographics and the artwork complete the book in the mist fantastic way.
Like the headline says, this book is a treasure for anyone who has mental health issues (sometimes even a little beyond depression), anyone who knows someone with issues or just wants to avoid sounding like an idiot when discussing the subject.
For those who are battling the demons - The book tells you when you should go to a therapist, how to choose one and how to monitor your own progress and your therapist's work apart from, of course, the real stories that are followed by Arpita Anand's notes on what worked and what didn't.
Those of you who know someone in trouble - it has valuable information on how to identify the danger levels, when to push them to get better, when to back off and yet productively help them. They are all part of the process and need to handled carefully.
Those of you who are just curious - This is the perfect book to start your journey with. The myths and facts section particularly destroys the kind of nonsense we often, unknowingly and rather casually, throw at people who are in pain. It also tells us how talking about it without understanding that pain, causes our troubled friends and family members to further hide their pain from us. It has a very negative impact on any doubts they might already have about opening up about these things either to us or generally to anyone in general. The stigma attached to mental health issues also gets stronger because, as they fear, we have jumped to unnecessary conclusions without understanding their problems.
This is a great resource book for everyone, on how to take care of our mental health, an issue which should be a top priority for each one of us. The book has real life stories inspiring stories of people who have overcome mental health issues- depression or anxiety. Both Amrita and Arpita have done a great job in writing this book, giving an objective view on mental illnesses and the need for their recognition. I would recommend this to everyone who wants to help themselves/their friends/family as a first step to understand depression and anxiety.