When you’ve suffered from depression for as long as I have, sometimes you just need to read something by someone who is real about it without sounding preachy. Jacqueline Novak evokes humor in How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression From One Who Knows in order to describe her path through depression. Her unique perspective on living with depression struck a chord with me. Instead of reading the usual self-help books that tell you how to feel better when you feel like you could never do anything of the sort, Novak doesn’t even pretend to want to cure you. In fact, she gives useful pointers on things to do while you’re lying around and how to be a more effective depressed person. Wouldn’t you like to read more from someone who really understands while getting some humor out of the situation? Novak does an expert job of turning depression into a dark comedy.
At the end of some of the chapters, Novak has lists of useful information like “Top Six Ways to See Yourself, Other Than a Useless Lump,” “Top Nine Birthday Presents for the Child Depressive-in-Training,” “Top Five Tips for Crying in the Shower,” and “Top Four Tips for Crying in a Restaurant.” I enjoyed these lists more than anything else in the book because they provided the most humor. Mostly, though, I just appreciated knowing that someone else has experienced the same hell I’ve been through without all the pretense. Her experiences are real and paint a true picture of what it’s like to go through depression.
To provide an example of how Novak’s depression lists, I created an infographic from her list of a few good books for the depressed, but you’ll have to get the rest from her actual book. If you’re suffering from depression, here are a few good books, according to Novak:
And if you need to send a message to your friends and family about what not to say to you when you’re going through depression, check out my 7 Incorrect Statements to Make to a Depressed Person.
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If you — or someone you know — need help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for theNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are outside of the U.S., please visit theInternational Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.