Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Beyond Blue: Review and Giveaway
Therese Borchard may be one of the frankest, funniest people on the planet. That, combined with her keen writing abilities has made her Beliefnet blog, Beyond Blue, one of the most trafficked blogs on the site.
BEYOND BLUE, the book, is part memoir/part self-help. It describes Borchard's experience of living with manic depression as well as providing cutting-edge research and information on dealing with mood disorders. By exposing her vulnerability, she endears herself immediately to the reader and then reduces even the most depressed to laughter as she provides a companion on the journey to recovery and the knowledge that the reader is not alone.
Comprised of four sections and twenty-one chapters, BEYOND BLUE covers a wide range of topics from codependency to addiction, poor body image to postpartum depression, from alternative medicine to psychopharmacology, managing anxiety to applying lessons from therapy. Because of her laser wit and Erma Bombeck sense of humor, every chapter is entertaining as well as serious.
About The Author:
Therese Borchard is the author of hit daily blog "Beyond Blue" on Beliefnet.com, one of the most popular columns on the site. Her blog appears weekly on The Huffington Post, and she is becoming a top go-to expert in pop psychology. Her work has recently been cited in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
Her work has been featured in salon.com, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Redbook, Parenting, More and Ladies Home Journal.
Borchard writes a syndicated column for the Catholic News Service and is a regular guest on Sirius Satellite Radio.
She is the author of I Love Being a Mom (a Target selection) and co-author of I Like Being Catholic.
She resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two young children.
As many people are aware, mental illness has had a terrible stigma attached to it over the years. Many people do not recognize mental illness, and depression specifically, as a serious disease. This has to change. People with mental illness are still people, and need genuine help and hope to make it through each day.
Well, in Beyond Blue, you will be amazed at how Borchard tackles the issue of depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. She uses humor to bring awareness to the reader of serious issues. It was very refreshing to me to read this book. I have mental illness issues in my family, and this book has really helped me to look at the situation with hope, instead of feeling hopeless, and at times, helpless.
I love the candor with with Borchard writes, she tells it how it is, yet there is still a subtle reverence for the seriousness of depression. She does write about various medical treatments available for treating depression and anxiety, however I feel this book is more her story, then a "textbook" on depression. I love this. To hear of someones journey and relate to it, is awesome, because I can, and did, learn many things from reading Beyond Blue.
If you know live with mental illness of any kind, or know someone who does I HIGHLY recommend you read this book. Even if you don't directly have a connection to depression, I still recommend this book be read by you. If this book helps one person walk away from suicidal thoughts, and find hope despite difficult circumstances, then Borchard has done her job.
I give Beyond Blue a huge Thumbs Up!!!
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****Thank you to Hachette Book Group for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review****