Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes

Overview

Therese Borchard may be one of the frankest, funniest people on the planet. That, combined with her keen writing abilities has made her Beliefnet blog, Beyond Blue, one of the most trafficked blogs on the site.

BEYOND BLUE, the book, is part memoir/part self-help. It describes Borchard's experience of living with manic depression as well as providing cutting-edge research and information on dealing with mood disorders. By exposing her ...
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Overview

Therese Borchard may be one of the frankest, funniest people on the planet. That, combined with her keen writing abilities has made her Beliefnet blog, Beyond Blue, one of the most trafficked blogs on the site.

BEYOND BLUE, the book, is part memoir/part self-help. It describes Borchard's experience of living with manic depression as well as providing cutting-edge research and information on dealing with mood disorders. By exposing her vulnerability, she endears herself immediately to the reader and then reduces even the most depressed to laughter as she provides a companion on the journey to recovery and the knowledge that the reader is not alone.

Comprised of four sections and twenty-one chapters, BEYOND BLUE covers a wide range of topics from codependency to addiction, poor body image to postpartum depression, from alternative medicine to psychopharmacology, managing anxiety to applying lessons from therapy. Because of her laser wit and Erma Bombeck sense of humor, every chapter is entertaining as well as serious.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After compiling several books of essays featuring other people's voices (I Like Being Catholic), popular Beliefnet.com blogger Borchard lifts her own voice to tell her story. She's a mental health train wreck—recovering alcoholic, bipolar, a touch of obsessive-compulsive, highly sensitive and therefore easily overstimulated in places like Toys R Us, where mothers of young children are sentenced to go. Fortunately for Borchard's family and herself, too, this is a funny book that she lived to write, after six psychiatrists, 23 medication combinations and hospitalization. Borchard's gift and distinction is her humor, the golden rope out of the pit of despair and a tool for transforming hysteria into hysterical laughter. She does a good job of countering the you-are-what-you-think crowd who blame the mentally ill for their own illness. Some readers might find there's TMI (too much information), but the author's desire to be helpful is boundless. This self-help memoir offers hope, particularly for those with intractable depression. Even better, it offers levity. (Jan. 6)
Library Journal
More than a firsthand account of depression, this book is a tour through the haunted thoughts of a person wracked by the disease. Borchard, a blogger on Beliefnet.com and self-described whackjob, provides a blow-by-blow account of her descent into the throes of depression and anxiety attacks and the devastating effects on her life and, ultimately, her survival. At times, she leans on the wisdom of philosophers, historians, and politicians and weaves them into her narrative. Borchard's book could serve as a welcome companion for anyone enduring the disease, but it may not provide help or treatment options for those sufferers. Her illness spills across the pages in a stream-of-consciousness style that's at best not for everyone.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410425591
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Therese Borchard is the author of hit daily blog "Beyond Blue" on Beliefnet.com, one of the most popular columns on the site. Her blog appears weekly on The Huffington Post, and she is becoming a top go-to expert in pop psychology. Her work has recently been cited in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Her work has been featured in salon.com, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Redbook, Parenting,More and Ladies Home Journal.

Borchard writes a syndicated column for the Catholic News Service and is a regular guest on Sirius Satellite Radio.

She is the author of I Love Being a Mom (a Target selection) and co-author of I Like Being Catholic.

She resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two young children.
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