What I’m Reading: Writing Through the Darkness: Easing Your Depression with Paper & Pen by Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, Ph. D.
This was a great book for me because it was both personal & academic in nature. The author describes her own experience with depression, provides writing prompts throughout along with a great bibliography/resource list in the back. I found her discussion of why she went ‘public’ with her own story & the why or why not behind doing the same with your own memoirs to be insightful. It did leave out a fair bit of the subtleties of mental health stigma. Of course, that wasn’t this book’s main focus.
Writing can be so therapeutic & it was great to see it treated as an adjunct form of treatment for depression.