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An unusual searching and poignant memoir of one man's uest to make sense of depressionGeorge Scialabba is a prolific critic and essayist known for his incisive wide ranging commentary on literature philosophy religion and politics He is also like millions of others a lifelong sufferer from clinical depression In How To Be Depressed Scialabba presents an edited selection of his mental health records spanning decades of treatment framed by an introduction and an interview with renowned podcaster Christopher Lydon The book also includes a wry and ruminative collection of tips for the depressed organized into something like a glossary of terms among which are the names of numerous medications he has tried or researched over the years Together these texts form an unusual searching and poignant hybrid of essay and memoir inviting readers into the hospital and the therapy office as Scialabba and his caregivers try to make sense of this baffling diseaseIn Scialabba's view clinical depression amounts to an utter waste Unlike heart surgery or a broken leg there is no relaxing convalescence and nothing to be learned except perhaps who your friends are It leaves you weakened and bewildered unsure why you got sick or how you got well praying that it never happens again but certain that it will Scialabba documents his own struggles and draws from them insights that may prove useful to fellow sufferers and general readers alike In the place of dispensable banalities Hold on You will feel better and so on he offers an account of how it's been for him in the hope that doing so might prove helpful to others.

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How to Be Depressed

An unusual searching and poignant memoir of one man's uest to make sense of depressionGeorge Scialabba is a prolific critic and essayist known for his incisive wide ranging commentary on literature philosophy religion and politics He is also like millions of others a lifelong sufferer from clinical depression In How To Be Depressed Scialabba presents an edited selection of his mental health records spanning decades of treatment framed by an introduction and an interview with renowned podcaster Christopher Lydon The book also includes a wry and ruminative collection of tips for the depressed organized into something like a glossary of terms among which are the names of numerous medications he has tried or researched over the years Together these texts form an unusual searching and poignant hybrid of essay and memoir inviting readers into the hospital and the therapy office as Scialabba and his caregivers try to make sense of this baffling diseaseIn Scialabba's view clinical depression amounts to an utter waste Unlike heart surgery or a broken leg there is no relaxing convalescence and nothing to be learned except perhaps who your friends are It leaves you weakened and bewildered unsure why you got sick or how you got well praying that it never happens again but certain that it will Scialabba documents his own struggles and draws from them insights that may prove useful to fellow sufferers and general readers alike In the place of dispensable banalities Hold on You will feel better and so on he offers an account of how it's been for him in the hope that doing so might prove helpful to others.

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An unusual searching and poignant memoir of one man's uest to make sense of depressionGeorge Scialabba is a prolific critic and essayist known for his incisive wide ranging commentary on literature philosophy religion and politics He is also like millions of others a lifelong sufferer from clinical depression In How To Be Depressed Scialabba presents an edited selection of his mental health records spanning decades of treatment framed by an introduction and an interview with renowned podcaster Christopher Lydon The book also includes a wry and ruminative collection of tips for the depressed organized into something like a glossary of terms among which are the names of numerous medications he has tried or researched over the years Together these texts form an unusual searching and poignant hybrid of essay and memoir inviting readers into the hospital and the therapy office as Scialabba and his caregivers try to make sense of this baffling diseaseIn Scialabba's view clinical depression amounts to an utter waste Unlike heart surgery or a broken leg there is no relaxing convalescence and nothing to be learned except perhaps who your friends are It leaves you weakened and bewildered unsure why you got sick or how you got well praying that it never happens again but certain that it will Scialabba documents his own struggles and draws from them insights that may prove useful to fellow sufferers and general readers alike In the place of dispensable banalities Hold on You will feel better and so on he offers an account of how it's been for him in the hope that doing so might prove helpful to others.


3 thoughts on “How to Be Depressed

  1. says:

    The book reminded me of starting out as a community based Social Worker in a mental health team many years ago given my reduced case load at the time I busied myself reading through cases of people much like Mr Sc

  2. says:

    Brilliant humane essayist George Scialabba wrote a book called How To Be Depressed I ordered it from it came speedily and in perfect condition I read it and I wish everyone would read it It's uniuely composed of an introductory essay a long and stunning section made up solely of the many therapists he saw over d

  3. says:

    A bravely intimate and compassionate book I only knew Scialabba from his reviews before this; there's something consoling in such worthy camaraderie in suffering His memoir should be reuired reading for anyone afflicted with or caring for someo