Out of the Blue: A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness [NOOK Book]

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For twenty years, Jan Wong had been one of her newspaper’s best-known reporters. Then one day she turned in a story that set off a firestorm of controversy, including death threats, a unanimous denunciation by Parliament and a rebuke by her own newspaper. For the first time in her professional life, Wong fell into a severe clinical depression. Yet she resisted the diagnosis, refusing to believe she had a mental illness. As it turned out, so did her company and insurer. With wit, grace and insight, Wong tells the ...
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Overview

For twenty years, Jan Wong had been one of her newspaper’s best-known reporters. Then one day she turned in a story that set off a firestorm of controversy, including death threats, a unanimous denunciation by Parliament and a rebuke by her own newspaper. For the first time in her professional life, Wong fell into a severe clinical depression. Yet she resisted the diagnosis, refusing to believe she had a mental illness. As it turned out, so did her company and insurer. With wit, grace and insight, Wong tells the harrowing tale of her struggle with workplace-caused depression, and of her eventual emergence … Out of the Blue.
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Wongs book reveals a thousand cuts to her body and soul. A great and perceptive writer, she has the gift of precision, detailing the side effects of each failed anti-depressant, the vortex effect of being unable to look at buildings she associated with pain, the shopping cure that brought dopamine blasts, the awfulness of mornings, that April is the worst month for suicide, and the graininess of the films a security firm secretly took at the launch of her 2007 book, Beijing Confidential.

Out of the Blue is a page-turner suffused with suffering and pluck.

It is required reading for anyone interested in journalism. It is also required reading for anyone interested in the way employers treat employees with mental illnesses.

In this rare exploration of workplace depression, Wong asks the reader to confront issues many of us have had to deal with, no matter how long we have been in the traditional workplace she had worked for the Globe for two decades. For example, for those that ascribe to the I work therefore I am motto, like she did, it makes you wonder about your own life, and you will begin to ask yourself some tough questions.

Its an event rare enough in the Canadian publishing world to be considered a coup: a self-published non-fiction book former Globe and Mail journalist Jan Wongs Out of the Blue: A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness, launched May 5 has hit the Stars bestseller list, making its debut this week at No. 10.

Her latest memoir, Out of the Blue, reaffirms Wong as a brilliant writer and reveals a side of her we dont usually see: she is human like all of us.

As Wong states one in five individuals will be afflicted with a serious mental illness during their lifetime. Knowing this statistic, readers from all walks of life not to mention those employed as human resource representatives would definitely benefit from reading Out of the Blue.

Because of her honest book, conversation can continue within families, businesses and institutions, when a person’s behaviours suggest a mental health issue. Instead of being left to sink even deeper into illness, with support of therapists, friends and family, they can find their way to healthier and happier life.

There’s the W5 of Wong’s personal narrative: what happened to her, how she felt about it, what she did about it, etc. Which, as might be expected of a best-selling career journalist, is eminently readable and engaging.

Wong may have travelled al long road, but Out of the Blue signals her courageous return.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780987868510
  • Publisher: Jan Wong Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 259
  • Sales rank: 893,567
  • File size: 424 KB

Meet the Author

Jan Wong is a journalist and professor. Her other non-fiction books are Red China Blues, Jan Wong's China, Lunch With Jan Wong, and Beijing Confidential. Jan divides her time between Toronto and Fredericton.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Part I Fall

1 The Demon of Depression 13

2 Tick Tock 22

3 L'Affaire Wong 33

4 A Threat Close to Home 42

5 The Working Wounded 53

6 Crack-Up 63

Part II Denial

7 The Geographic Cure 71

8 Death by a Thousand Cuts 77

9 Despair Beyond Despair 88

10 Melancholia Through the Ages 93

11 A Darker Shade of Blue 102

12 The Music Cure 115

Part III Blue Print

13 A New Section Called "Life" 126

14 Shrink-Fit 136

15 Relapse 141

16 Running in the Family 151

17 Cipralex, Celexa, Effexor, Wellbutrin 160

18 The Upside of Being Down 169

Part IV Healing

19 Fight or Flight? 178

20 Smile, You're on Candid Camera 184

21 Berries 195

22 Flight, Again 203

23 Year of the Rat 210

Part V Happiness

24 The Art of War 218

25 Fired Up 223

26 Hush Money 228

27 Eat Bread. Butter, Too 236

28 Roses 243

Afterword 252

Acknowledgments 255

Selected Bibliography 258

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  • Posted May 17, 2014

    If there ever was an argument for the power of self-publishing,

    If there ever was an argument for the power of self-publishing, Jan Wong’s memoir is it.

    “Out of the Blue: A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness” is the story of how an accomplished newspaper reporter has her career and her life turned upside down in the aftermath of a news story she wrote about a school shooting in Montreal. She experienced death threats, and her editors failed to support her. Suddenly, or “out of the blue,” she spirals into clinical depression and is unable to function, in a newsroom anyway.

    I found her story fascinating for many reasons, not the least of which were the descriptions of newspaper functions and politics, which I remember, oh so clearly, from my days long ago as a journalist. Wong incorporates a good deal of research about the history, origins and treatments of depression; the prevalence of the disorder makes this information interesting and helpful.

    Wong is a masterful storyteller but what I found most compelling were her reasons for self-publishing. I would not have read her story at all if she had not overcome the gag orders initially demanded by her newspaper and the publishing company who initially accepted her book. While I didn’t agree with her on every point, thank goodness for her stubbornness and courage. I’m so glad I could read her version of the story. It made me glad I bought a new copy of her book — she deserves every penny.

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