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Shades of Blue : Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue
by Amy Ferris


Overview - The silent epidemic of depression affects millions of people and takes dozens of lives everyday, while our culture grapples with a stigma against open discussion of mental health issues. Editor Amy Ferris has collected these stories to illuminate the truth behind that stigma and offer compassion, solidarity, and hope for all those who have struggled with depression.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The silent epidemic of depression affects millions of people and takes dozens of lives everyday, while our culture grapples with a stigma against open discussion of mental health issues. Editor Amy Ferris has collected these stories to illuminate the truth behind that stigma and offer compassion, solidarity, and hope for all those who have struggled with depression.
Contributors to "Shades of Blue" include:
Barbara Abercrombie
Sherry Amatenstein
Regina Anavy
Chloe Caldwell
Jimmy Camp
Debra LoGuercio DeAngelo
Marika Rosenthal Delan
Hollye Dexter
Beverly Donofrio
Beth Bornstein Dunnington
Matt Ebert
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
Zoe FitzGerald Carter
Pam L. Houston
David Lacy
Patti Linsky
Mark S. King
Caroline Leavitt
Karen Lynch
Lira Maywood
C.O. Moed
Mark Morgan
Linda Joy Myers
Christine Kehl O Hagan
Jennifer Pastiloff
Ruth Pennebaker
Angela M. Giles Patel
Alexa Rosalsky
Elizabeth Rosner
Kathryn Rountree
Kitty Sheehan
Jenna Stone
judywhite
Samantha White
"Shades of Blue" brings the conversation around depression and sadness into the open with real, first-hand accounts of depression and mental health issues, offering empathy to all those who have been affected by these issues.
It s time to scream out loud against this silent annihilator: We are not alone.
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Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781580055956
  • ISBN-10: 1580055958
  • Publisher: Seal Press (CA)
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 256
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Self-Help > Mood Disorders - Depression
Books > Literary Collections > Essays
Books > Psychology > Mental Health

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-07-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

The stigma associated with mental health issues leads many people with depression to feel they must face it alone. Ferris (Marrying George Clooney: Confessions from a Midlife Crisis) aims to help people suffering from the disorder feel they are in good company by assembling essays by gifted writers who have all been affected by depression, in themselves or others. The compelling selections include therapist Sherry Amatenstein coping with “sad belly” while forever being the outward-seeming optimist, writer and editor Hollye Dexter dealing with a life-altering house fire, writer Regina Anavy’s doubts about her commitment to radical politics spiraling into an identity crisis in 1971 Cuba, and radio and TV personality Kathryn Rountree recuperating from her brother’s death. Starting off the book is Ferris’s own essay, where she poignantly states her reasons for delving into the topic of depression: by sharing stories and helping others, people with depression can make the pain “bigger than ourselves” and “worth the struggle.” It is possible to find hope and solidarity in these pages, but don’t expect a feel-good trip. It’s a true-to-life kick in the pants designed to bring comfort to anyone who’s feeling hopeless. (Oct.)

 
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