Matt Haig’s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live.
From the internationally bestselling author of How To Stop Time and Notes on a Nervous Planet.
"Destined to become a modern classic." —Entertainment Weekly
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, He 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
British novelist Matt Haig (Humans) has written a remarkable memoir of depression that’s different than anything else we’ve ever read on this subject. Haig looks back on his darkest days—a debilitating bout of mental anguish in his twenties—with intelligence and wit. We’re in awe of Haig’s courage to lead us on an intimate journey of the feelings and experiences sparked by this “disease of thoughts” and his slow recovery. Reasons to Stay Alive is an important read for anyone affected by depression, plus all those who love and care for them.
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This book changed my outlook on life. It helped me understand someone I love dearly so much better and to understand my own feelings better. Thank you for this book.
Don’t think twice...just buy it!!
Having depression myself, I know the daily struggles of expressing to loved ones what you’re actually going through. This book, throughout the entire thing, I was thinking, “that’s me!” or “he hit the nail on the head!” or “how did he know that’s what I’m thinking?” Depression makes your mind feel like a dark, infinite hole, but with a bunch of thoughts swirling 100mph that your mouth can’t make sense of. This book helps put those thoughts into words. This is a great book for anyone dealing with depression or anxiety, and an even better book for friends, family, and loved ones of someone they are concerned about and wanting to understand better. I’ve recommended this book to several friends. Buy it!! Keep it!! Highlight in it!! Reference back to it!! You won’t regret it!!
A Little Disappointed
This book came highly recommended by a fellow anxiety sufferer. I appreciate the courage and fortitude it took to put these words on paper for the world to see. Honestly, it fell short of what I was expecting. This is a story of a man suffering...who has a life long partner to carry him through and take care of him. How about those who are truly alone? This doesn't speak at all to that population.