i read a really great book recently

“undercurrents: a therapist’s reckoning with her own depression” by martha manning

it was so good

i read it within twenty-four hours

granted, it wasn’t the most peppy book

and i would definitely give that disclaimer before recommending it

but it’s good

such a realistic insight into what depression is like

anyways, here are a few really great things from the book

“what do you want?” “just hold me. sit with me. put your arm around me. listen as i struggle to tell you what it feels like, without thinking you have to tie it all up in some cohesive clinical bundle. i don’t expect you to make this better. i know you can’t. but i think you feel that if you just try hard enough, that you can”

“when i tell you how lousy i feel, i don’t want to run down my medications with you, i don’t want to have to answer your questions, to try to put it all into words. i don’t want to listen to a pep talk, or a list of suggestions

“depression is such a cruel punishment. there are no fevers, no rashes, no blood tests to send people scurrying in concern. just the slow erosion of self, as insidious as any cancer. and, like cancer, it is essentially a solitary experience. a room in hell with only your name on the door”

i wish i could make everyone read this book

or at least a few sections of it

people suffering from mental illness need people around them who understand this

and who can literally just be there

and not do anything

and since i’m not a “shove it in your face” type of person, i figured i’d passively blog about it

but for reals



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