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Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me
Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person | Anna Mehler Paperny
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In her early 20s, Anna Mehler Papernyhaving just landed her dream job as an investigative journalist, and with a loving family and a strong social networknevertheless found herself spiraling into despair. A suicide attempt landed her in the intensive care unit, after her bosses found her passed out in her apartment having ingested a deadly mix of sleeping pills and antifreeze. Many more suicide attempts followed in subsequent years. Following the dictum know thine enemy, Anna set out to meet and interview those on the frontline of treatments. While also trying to be a good patient, Anna turned her investigative journalists eye on the world around herin the psych ward; as an outpatient; as a survivor, enduring the grueling ordeal of facing concerned family, friends, and coworkers; finding the right meds and therapist; and staying insured and employed. In search of answers, she interviewed leading medical expertsfrom psychiatrists to neurologists, brain-mapping pioneers to family practitionersand others dabbling in strange hypotheses. Cured or not, she discovered the truth of her condition in online depression-testing and the far frontiers of brain mappingas well as the disturbing truth about how primitive our methods remain for healing sick brains. With courageous honesty and uncommon eloquence, Papernys stunning memoir chronicles her firsthand experience of depression and her intrepid quest to explore what we know (and dont know) about the disease, while providing an invaluable guide to a health-care system strugglingand too often failingto provide solutions. As fascinating as it is heartrending, as humorous as it is serious, it is a must-read for anyone touched by depression.
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EKonrad
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Such an important book that blew me away with its honesty and in-depth research.

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#Netgalley #arc

Full review at: http://erinkonrad.com/2019/11/27/hello-i-want-to-die-please-fix-me-book-review/

kspenmoll This sounds like such a valuable, intense read. You sold me! Great review. (edited) 6d
EKonrad @kspenmoll I definitely found it to be valuable. Hope you do too! 😊 6d
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Lindy
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Part memoir, part journalistic investigation into the issue of depression, which “remains undertreated and poorly treated and grossly inequitably treated, in part because of our own squeamishness in confronting it, or our denial of its existence as an illness, and the destruction it wreaks when left to its own devices.” Difficult to read because too many people I love have died by suicide, and I expect others will find it hard also. #audiobook

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Lindy
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The tagged audiobook was in my ears during my day of travel yesterday, when I spotted these toys in the Toronto airport.

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