5 I am not alone stars!!
Oh this book… it hit so many points with me. The ups the downs and the downs… This is Jenny Lawson’s second book and I am so glad she wrote it. There is such a stigma with mental illness that shouldn’t be there. No one should be ashamed to get help or ask for help. Yet so many people are afraid of what people will say or do when they find out. Mental illness is a daily, hourly, and minute by minute battle for so many people. This book chronicles Jenny’s life and how her thought process works. She chronicles her medicine, and therapist visits. It also show’s how her family helps her through this and how completely loving and wonderful her husband and child are. (although the arguments are slightly hilarious).
She has so many amazing points in this book, such as while we may be diagnosed with the same illness it doesn’t mean we will react the same way. Her panic attacks may not look like your panic attacks. Her depression may not manifest like your depression. We all could take the same medicine and not all have the same outcome. Unfortunately with this there is a lot of trial and error. A good support system is key whether it be a therapist you find you are comfortable with or family/friends to lean on when needed. (honestly you don’t have stick with the first therapist or doctor… find one you are comfortable with.) The important part of your book is to know that you are not alone.. ever. We are here to support each other.
This book touched so many places in my heart because I could relate to so much of it. I was diagnosed years ago with social anxiety disorder, depression and body dysmorphia. While most days I can fake it until I make it, some days I can barely function. My family is very supportive and has never made me feel bad about any of my illnesses. However I feel bad enough for all of them. Like Jenny says depression lies to us on a daily basis.
“If everything is perfect and I’m miserable, then is this as good as it gets?
And the answer is no
It gets better.
You learn to appreciate the fact that what drives you is different from what you’re told should make you happy. You learn that it’s okay to prefer your personal idea of heaven (live-tweeting zombie movies from under a blanket of kittens) rather than someone else’s idea that fame/fortune/parties are the pinnacle we should all reach for. And there’s something surprisingly freeing about that.”
And while some parts of the book were serious some were also laugh out loud funny. I got some seriously strange looks at work…
“Always shoot first. Because bears don’t shoot. They just eat you. You’ll never win if you wait for the bear to get the first shot. This is all basic hunting 101.”
All the opossum stories were hilarious.. however while they were happening were probably terrifying. Every time she called her lady area the lady garden.. that is one of the nicest terms I have heard. When she explained to her husband about how to respond when she asks if her outfit is okay I had tears rolling down my face with laughter. Her raccoon was an absolute hoot! I feel the need to own one now!!
I highly suggest this book to every one whether you have a mental illness or not. I know I will be re-reading this book especially all the parts I marked.(which was basically the whole book!)
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