Reasons to Stay Alive

Reasons to Stay Alive

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Matt Haig’s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live.

Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it.

Everyone’s lives are touched by mental illness: if we do not suffer from it ourselves, then we have a friend or loved one who does. Matt’s frankness about his experiences is both inspiring to those who feel daunted by depression and illuminating to those who are mystified by it. Above all, his humor and encouragement never let us lose sight of hope. Speaking as his present self to his former self in the depths of depression, Matt is adamant that the oldest cliché is the truest—there is light at the end of the tunnel. He teaches us to celebrate the small joys and moments of peace that life brings, and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.

Title:Reasons to Stay Alive
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780143128724
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    Reasons to Stay Alive Reviews

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    FINALLY! A real book about depression that makes sense, that those with depression will read and sit nodding their heads and agreeing all the way through it. No psychobabble here (from Psychologists w...

  • JV (semi-hiatus)

    "I hate depression. I am scared of it. Terrified, in fact. But at the same time, it has made me who I am. And if – for me – it is the price of feeling life, it’s a price always worth paying. ...

  • Cindy

    3.5 stars. I think I was expecting the book to be more profound than it actually turned out to be. It's more a series of thoughts and reflections that the author has. I appreciate Haig sharing his str...

  • Swaroop

    So relevant for these strange, uncertain and stressful times!"Words, just sometimes, can set you free."'But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.' ~ Albert Camus, A Happy Dea...

  • Lotte

    4.5/5 stars. If you've suffered from depression and/or anxiety yourself at some point in your life or you know someone that has (and it's very likely that you do) this book is an absolute must-read. ...

  • ?Misericordia? ?????? ????

    One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Inspiration almost drips off the pages. It's honest and vivid enough to make difference even for people who have done no personal trips to t...

  • Dr. Appu Sasidharan

    (Regular Review) This book tells you the journey of the author through depression and anxiety. He depicted all his feelings openly when he was depressed without any filter. He also writes how he o...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    #reasonstostayalive: High five to the one who said "... my TBR pile"! You made my day!I am so glad I waited all these years to read this book. One of the most important books which deal with depressio...

  • Imane

    “How to stop time: kiss.How to travel in time: read.How to escape time: music.How to feel time: write.How to release time: breathe.” ― Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive This was OK ! There were ...

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)

    Beautiful. Informative. Powerful.Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:- 34. A book about mental illness...