She invites the reader into her desperate, pained mind at her worse to prove it's never hopeless, there's always a way out, you just have to find what works for you. If my story can help you figure this out—great. She says nothing and gradually sinks into a fetal position on the couch. She admitted that it was and apologized. These questions cratered me, setting in motion my genetic tendency for depression. Luckily for her, she was surrounded by friends and family who knew all the signs. Hi, Julie — Let me thank you for having had the courage to write such an honest and compelling story.
In reading about her remarkable road to recovery two expressions come to mind. Mental health advocate Julie Hersh has dedicated her life to helping individuals with depression recover from the disorder. She lives with her husband and two children in Dallas, Texas. I would have liked more of the book to be about how Julie wants to live. But I also believe we can help ourselves by pure determination. This isn't one of those sob sto An excellent memoir of depression.
I recieved this book free through Goodreads First Reads. This book is not only useful for those who may be suffering from depression or have at one time in the past , but it is also for those who are family or friends of a person that is dealing with depression. Hersh describes her life leading up to depression, her various treatments, and multiple suicide attempts that brought her to the realization that living is a choice and she wanted to live for her friends, family, and herself. Maybe I'll run into her at Starbucks one day and I can ask her. The feeling like you don't belong.
She was giving them away for free but accepting donations so I was able to get my book signed by her. In spite of the topic, the book manages to have an upbeat tone and the narrative moves along quickly. Julie's narrative provides a much-needed patient-centered perspective to those who care for the mentally ill. John — Thank you so much for your kind review. My book about my personal experience with clinical depression reads like a fast-paced novel, with characters that charm and frustrate. Julie's story does not sound too unfamiliar to me, having known and loved several people who suffered greatly from a menta Through an event sponsored by Atlanta-based Skyland Trail a nonprofit mental health treatment organization for which I'm an advisory board member , I am going to hear author Julie Hersh speak in a few weeks. I was able to meet Julie in person at a suicide prevention walk a year ago and she is the most genuine person I have ever met.
It stands out from other depression memoirs for two reasons: 1. I don't suffer from depression but we all have bouts of anxiety and fear from time to time. To be fair, though, it is entirely possible that these were publishing, rather than editorial, choices out of her control. In addition to Storied Mind, John blogs at MentalHelp. Her memoir of her experiences with depression shows readers who may also be battling the same condition or know someone who is that life doesn't have to end to find a release. Julie Hersh wrote two versions of about her struggle with suicidal depression. Now I just wonder how her depression has affected her children and if they too will suffer from it at some point in their life.
They are common-sense ideas I've learned from years of psychotherapy, my own reading, and talking to people about this topic. The book opens with a description of her third suicide attempt, and explains the remarkable stroke of luck that precluded its success before moving into a reassuring timeline of flashbacks to her childhood, previous treatment in a locked psychiatric ward, her two prior suicide attempts, how she met her husband, etc. Julie Hersh outlines her struggle with depression and suicide attempts so painfully well that it was almost too much to bear. The author was very honest and brave to tell her story. The content is tough, but the story difficult to abandon.
A long-time member of the Cooper Center, Hersh ran her first marathon at age 48. Today, Julie Hersh encourages individuals to create their own mental health wellness plan that focuses on adequate nutrition, exercise, and sleep as well as a solid social support system and effective stress management techniques. The author found anti-depressants ineffective and eventually benefited from electro-convulsive therapy, which isn't commonly used anymore but can yield miraculous results for treatment-resistant depression. Not everyone can get the help they need in time and fall victim to the dark hopelessness. At her lowest point, she left her car engine running for 90 minutes inside a closed garage due to the architectural structure, her attempt at suicide failed. The Adult Top Ten and College Top Ten Wellness Lists can be found under this link on the Struck by Living website:. It offers insight for those who do not suffer from depression and it offers hope to those that do.
Kleenex required when reading this book! About Struck by Living In Struck by Living, Julie Hersh picks apart the irony of her life with humor and brutal honesty. Kleenex required when reading this book! This had required her to stay in a mental health facility the night before and for a few days after. This book also addresses life stressors such as caregiving for elders in the family while caring for a young famiily, transitioning to a higher economic level, marriage in which partners have differing religious affiliations and the culture of the wealthy in Dallas. While reading, I had many revelations about my own feelings, my own life experiences, and how to maintain happiness with myself, my life, and my relationships. She expressed her sympany for me when I told her the story of how I lo This is an excellent read. Noch there is a woman I met who is looking for people who want to talk about their recovery from suicide attempts. If you are unaware of depression and how it can affect one's life, this book will help you understand it and may allow you to sympathize with those who do a bit more.
Julie Hersh had it all - a doting husband, two wonderful children, and a beautiful home. Did Julie feel that she was a burden to others around her? Not everyone can get the help they need in I received my copy of this book through Goodreads! The E-mail message field is required. I would not recommend this to clients as I don't feel it would inspire hope or positive change in those struggling with m I was disappointed by this book. Julie Hersh came from a normal family, has a good marriage and two wonderful children and lots of friends, became wealthy and prosperous, and still became so depressed that she tried to commit suicide. This book was received as part of the Goodreads.