REASONS TO STAY ALIVE BY MATT HAIG – BOOK REVIEW

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I am so pleased I met Matt and bought his book as it was extremely good.  If you suffer or have suffered from depression, anxiety or panic attacks then this book is a must read for you, I feel it not only gives everyone hope who is suffering but also it is a wonderful feeling to realise that you are not alone and the feelings you are having or had are not unusual.

To know that there is light at the end of the tunnel and you will reach it eventually is hard to imagine so reading that he did gives you hope.  He was only 24 when all the lights went out from the inside, his battle back was long and slow.  His girl friend Andrea was constantly by his side, eventually becoming his wife and I feel sure that that helped in such a massive way as she always seemed to say the right things.  That comes from a person with a deep understanding as not many can do that and seem to say just about everything we do not want to hear.

I admire the man for writing his most innermost thoughts on a subject that is not received very well.  The long road back that has so many dips and turns is very hard especially if you really don’t want to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  This book should be in all waiting rooms as I am sure it would help a lot of people. The trouble with depression when it sucks you in is that you have no control over it, it stops you thinking and feeling anything apart from the blackness.

The day I met Matt I was discharged from Mental Health and I had a conversation with him about this, he asked how I felt and I told him how isolated and scared I was, “I bet” he said.  Knowing exactly how I was feeling.

 

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