What do you do when you’re trapped in your mind? When you can’t escape the feelings of depression and fear?
A Way Out gives a raw, unfiltered look into the life and thoughts of a young woman, Michelle, experiencing severe depression and social anxiety. Social anxiety plagued her since her early youth, hindering her most as a young adult. She began having suicidal thoughts in her early teens but didn’t perceive them as being abnormal. This eventually evolved into a deep depression. Her social anxiety and depression fueled each other, creating a grave cycle of negative thoughts.
Michelle is able to share her experiences in a way that allows others to go along for the ride with her: the highs, the lows, and the amusingly unexpected. It artfully conveys Michelle’s journey through mental illness and toward mental health. Beyond the haunting honesty, A Way Out delivers heart, humour, and hope.
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About the Author
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Table of Contents
Genetics are a Bitch
Am I Allergic to People?
When Aunt Flo Becomes Deadly
Welcome to the Pit of Hell
The Beginning or the End?
How does one Handle their Fears?
Road to Recovery
Bouncing Back from Falls
Keep on Keeping on
Beauty Beyond the Pain
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite A Way Out by Michelle Balge follows one brave woman's battle against depression and mental illness. What actually goes through the mind of someone with this illness? This is a brutally straightforward account of how this dark shadow follows her from childhood. She is trapped in a world of panic, helplessness, thoughts of inadequacy and guilt. Michelle recounts candidly the social anxiety and negative inner talk which finally led to her first suicide attempt. She places no blame on her illness and this book is, above all, a story of a relentless search for answers and treatment. Michelle takes you on the long journey of mental illness with its highs and lows until she finally finds the answers she has spent years looking for. A story of triumph and bravery against all odds. A Way Out by Michelle Balge is a style of book that is a unique and truthful account of depression, the symptoms and the feelings associated with this mental illness. We follow a young girl throughout her childhood and into adulthood. She takes you on the journey of darkness and powerlessness with her. The skilled use of descriptions and honesty was sometimes hard to read because I, like most people, had felt those emotions of guilt and panic. The story is not a depressing one, however; it is a tale of triumph over the darkness and how a young woman finally breaks through the gloom and comes out on the other side with a clearer outlook on the future. A very brave book from the author. I commend her for that. This book should be available in every mental health organisation.