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

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

by Therese Borchard
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Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression and Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes by Therese Borchard

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599951560
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 01/06/2010
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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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Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression and Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my 26 year old daughter who has battled depression since 13. I read the book first and then passed it on to her, the book really enlightened me as to what my daughter had been trying to describe to me. Her thoughts of suicide were uncontrollable, this book helped her to see it is not hopeless - people do make it out of the black hole of depression, with the help of medication, nutition, etc. It was helpful in the book to learn this is a brain disease and should be treated as any other disease. I also read Therese Borchard's blog on Beliefnet.com. She is a brave person for telling the truth of her life and I believe she is helping many others by doing so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading Therese Borchard's blog and really related to her articles.  My daughter is 26 and coming to terms with a bipolar diagnosis, depression and anxiety. I bought the book for her but read it first. It is very well written and easy to relate to. It helps to understand the intricate nature of this mental disease, and to accept that this is indeed a disease and not a function of a lazy & crazy person.  I am sending this book to my mother and her sister so they can better understand the struggle that my daughter is going through..I hope that Therese could right something for the family of those that suffer and how we can best support our loved ones who suffer from this terrible mental disease..I would wholeheartedly recommend this book. 
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LegalBeagle More than 1 year ago
Therese Borchard is a bright, funny, writer who suffers from mental illness and fights daily to keep her sanity. In the first half of Beyond Blue, Borchard details her 18 month bout with suicidal depression and her struggle to recover. While the second half of Beyond Blue reads like a self-help guide for dealing with mental illness. In the memoir part of Beyond Blue, Borchard does a great job of destigmatizing mental illness. And Borchard's memoir is no disease of the week type memoir; rather her personal scars are served up with wit and empathy. For example, I loved this passage: "Hi. I'm Therese. I'm a manic-depressive, an alcoholic, and an adult child of an alcoholic; a codependent, a boundaries violator, and a stage-four people pleaser; an information hoarder or a clutter magnet, an Internet abuser, and an obsessive-compulsive or ritual performing weirdo; a sugar addict; a caffeine junkie; a reformed binge smoke, and an exercise fanatic, a hormonally imbalanced female, a PMS-prone time bomb, and a sexually dysfunctional or neutered creature; a workaholic; an HSP (highly sensitive person) and, of course, I'm Catholic. Which could possibly explain some of the above." Beyond Blue is the book that I would buy for any friend suffering from depression or other mood disorders. Publisher: Center Street (January 6, 2010), 288 pages Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.
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