Depression: In My Own Words by Mahiraj Jadeja

Depression: In My Own Words by Mahiraj Jadeja
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Non-Fiction, Contemporary
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

“Depression in My Own Words” is an introspective and compassionate exploration of the complex and often misunderstood world of depression. In this thought-provoking book, the author delves into their personal experiences, sharing their unique insights, struggles, and triumphs with unwavering honesty.

Through the power of storytelling, “Depression in My Own Words” takes readers on a journey that goes beyond clinical definitions and diagnostic labels. It delves into the depths of the soul, examining the intricate interplay between the soul (battery), hardware (body), and software (brain) that contribute to the onset and manifestation of depression.

With sensitivity and empathy, the author examines the various facets of depression, shedding light on the profound impact it has on individuals and society as a whole. Drawing from personal anecdotes, they explore the common threads that connect those grappling with depression while celebrating the uniqueness of each individual’s experience.

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to mental illnesses.

It can be difficult to describe the drudgery and exhaustion of depression to people who have never experienced it themselves. Mr. Jadeja did a good job of sharing allegories like the one in his opening paragraph about being trapped in a “relentless storm” to help explain why some people who are depressed can find it so hard to finish even simple tasks. This is something I wish everyone would read, especially those who struggle to show empathy for anyone who has this mental illness.

I did find myself wishing the author had included a wider variety of explanations for why depression happens. Suppressing emotions could certainly be one of them for some people, but I think it would have been more helpful if this book had explored other causes as well in order to appeal to a wider audience and offer hope to people who might be depressed due to difficult circumstances in their lives, chemical imbalances in their brains, or other factors. This could have easily been expanded into a novella or full-length novel, and it would have made his work stronger to have more details and examples included in it in my opinion.

It was nice to see so many different types of treatment options mentioned in this piece, though. Depression is one of those diseases that can respond well to a combination of therapy, medication, diet and lifestyle changes, and other treatments. I was not expecting to see a warning included about certain alternative treatments that haven’t been proven effective, but I was glad the author included it as well. Desperate people often try all sorts of things to feel better, so it’s important to balance out the burning desire to find a cure with a rational approach to what may or may not actually work for most people.

Depression: In My Own Words
was a thought-provoking read.

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