Welcome back! We are a little more than halfway through the first month of 2017 and it feels like it’s been months since New Year’s Eve to me. How can it only have been three weeks? I have some specific goals for this year that I’ll cover in my end of the month update but time is moving so quickly I’m wondering if I’ve set my sights too high. Only time will tell.
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Today I am reviewing a memoir called But I’m Not Depressed by Lia Rees.
Rees describes her book as a medical memoir. At the age of 19, she suffered a brain injury that no one recognized. Instead of being treated for a brain injury she was diagnosed with depression and treated for it. It took her the next ten years to get answers and find help for the confusing road it led her down.
Rees’ ability to put thought to paper despite the challenges she’s faced absolutely stunned me. The pictures she draws and the feelings she conveys through her words drew me in and mesmerized me. Non-fiction isn’t typically something I read but this caught my eye and I gave it a chance. I’m very glad I did, it’s changed my outlook on my own struggle with depression. A battle that’s very real to me.
But, you say, she wasn’t depressed. You’re right, she wasn’t, but she was treated as if she was and in so many ways it validates the feelings some of the medical professionals I’ve worked with have left me with. She inspires me to fight back against a system designed to move you along, accept what they tell you and stay quiet.
Her refusal to take no for an answer, her willingness to try anything to heal herself and her sheer will to keep going when her mind was willing to sit and do nothing impresses and motivates me to do the same for myself. Lia Rees is inspiration and proof that perseverance pays off.
I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s not a long read, but you won’t want to put it down. Her story is sure to inspire you in some way just as it did me.
But I’m Not Depressed is available at Amazon in Kindle format for $2.99 and is soon to be released in paperback. It’s also included in the Kindle unlimited program.
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