Under any circumstances, depression is a horribly, horribly difficult illness to deal with. However, what makes it all the more crippling is that due to the stigma surrounding mental illness, many sufferers don’t feel as if they can talk about their depression with their friends and family. As a result, instead of receiving the love and support they need, they keep their pain all to themselves, and thus have that pain compounded by feeling isolated, alone, and misunderstood.
Hi, my name is Danny Baker, and unfortunately, I know exactly how that feels.
When I was younger, I suffered from life-threatening bouts of depression that for four years led to alcoholism, drug abuse, medicine-induced psychosis and multiple hospitalisations – and when I was first afflicted by the illness, I had very few people to turn to for support. However, over time, I realised that opening up about my depression was a skill like anything else, and as I continued to hone it, I started having a lot more open, honest, genuine conversations about my illness, and in the latter months and years that I battled the black dog, I was able to cultivate a wonderful group of friends and family members that I could turn to for support.
In this book – Actually, I’m Not OK – which is the fourth one in the bestselling Depression is a Liar series, I’ll share with you all the skills I learned that led to me having countless of those open, honest, easy-going conversations so that you too can start having them, and ultimately begin to develop that understanding network of supporters that you so richly deserve.
Here’s a breakdown of exactly what this book will cover:
- The 7 reasons why it’s a great idea to talk about your depression;
- How to overcome the common fears, worries and misconceptions that are associated with opening up about your depression;
- How to prepare to have a conversation about your depression – including how to get in the right “mindset”, and how to decide who to tell, how much to tell them, when to tell them and where to tell them;
- How to have the conversation itself – including how best to start it, how to handle your friend or family member’s response, and how to resolve the conversation so that you get what you want out of it;
- When to tell your employer or someone you’ve just started dating about your depression.