RATHER DIE THAN READ A BOOK ?
The answer for many
depressed & suicidal persons
is almost literally YES !!
- Not wanting to or not
being able to read or concentrate enough to search for treatment
is a very common symptom of depression.
Many Sufferers Don't
Take Action - Why ?
They think it's all Drugs
- Maybe 10 years ago -
but today, there are more and more books that will teach you
how your body gets this disease & how you can physically get rid if it !!
READING ABOUT CURES
CAN GIVE YOU
THE HOPE YOU NEED
- The tiniest spark of
hope can be enough to get through the night.
- Learning about treatment
DON'T READ A BOOK !!
A book on depression
is NOT A NOVEL
-- but a reference or repair manual !
You DON'T Need to Read it
Cover to Cover
- You piece away at it
- a word, a sentence at a time.
- Skip around, flip
- Look in the index,
or table of contents -- look something up.
- Lay it down - pick it up again later.
- Take it with you - bring
it home. Keep it near you - keep it by the bed.
- Slowly, gradually let
it infiltrate, permeate, soak in.
- Give yourself time to
piece it all together.
- Slow is better than not
- The sooner you start,
the sooner you might find yourself making a move towards getting
your life back.
BOOKS CAN COMFORT & INFORM
- Books on depression are
written to be there for you in a way that maybe no person can.
- They are mostly written
from personal knowledge of the depressions.
- Some are written by doctors
who have treated and helped or saved many depressed patients.
- Some are written by writers
who have had family members with depression.
- I believe the greatest
number of books have been written by people who have had depression
- THEY KNOW how you feel.
- They want nothing more
than to help you suffer less than they did.
- Let the stories of others
who have gone before you pull you closer to the help you need.
I DON'T KNOW HOW I SURVIVED
- I just know that at my
most desperate moments --
- when I wanted to close my eyes and
disappear into oblivion --
- when having no other choice,
- I would
pick up one of the many piles of books I had around me - home,
- and eventually put together enough information
to save my own life --
- having never finished reading any of the books that helped me.
OUR VERY SYMPTOMS CAN DELAY OUR
- We, ourselves, because
of our pain, may end up prolonging our own suffering -- Because we may be in too much pain to think straight or lift a finger
to help ourselves.
- 80's talk show host,
Dick Cavett once said that he was so depressed, that if the cure
was sitting on the table across the room, he could not have gotten
up to go get it. Of course he has long since gotten treatment.
- We walk the earth in
a state of delirium from the unbelievable pain
- We walk the earth in
a state of a denial that we can ever possibly be cured -- because we can't help it -- that is one of our symptoms !!
- We want someone or something
to get rid of the pain suddenly -- we can't wait for another
moment -- we are dying, yet we live on in endless agony.
- We seem to be hoping
or waiting for a cure to fall out of the sky & the pain will
- Our lives are in limbo. We cannot plan on anything -
we cannot schedule a life because we don't expect to be alive.
WE, Ourselves, HAVE TO FIX IT
- Feeling as we do, how
can we face or accept the fact that ultimately - it is we who
will have to save ourselves.
- It is we who will have
to accept or choose a treatment and follow through with it day
by day -- not even believing there is a reason to try.
I DID NOT WANT TO LIVE
- I desperately wanted
- But there was something
inside me - some sort of a life force that made it just as hard
for me to die as my illness made it for me to live...
- After all, a large part
of the pain I felt was thinking of suicide.
- I hope somehow, some
- even though you don't
- and you don't have the
strength or will to live
- That you can learn how
your body works
- and learn how to end
- without ending your
You will look back
what it was like to hurt so badly.
day you will look back
the distant memory
how you almost died,
somehow you lived through it.