Writing Through Darkness

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.

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