Out of the Blue: A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness

Out of the Blue: A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness

by Jan Wong

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ISBN-13: 9780987868510
Publisher: Jan Wong Publishing
Publication date: 05/05/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 259
File size: 433 KB

About 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.

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

What People are Saying About This

Toronto psychiatrist, writer and broadcaster - Dr. Irvin Wolkoff

Jan Wong has clearly and accurately presented the history, signs and symptoms of depression and its underlying and associated pathological correlates. Her research is thorough and presented clearly. Bravo! Perhaps more importantly, she has painted an accurate and evocative portrait of a person trying to live a life with major depression, in a way that will edify, disturb, or comfort the reader.

The Next Chapter - Shelagh Rogers

Jan Wong is a courageous journalist who has walked into fire, literally and metaphorically, to bring us the truth. In Out of the Blue, she does so again, but this time it’s personal. As she tracks her spiral into unipolar depression, she applies the same rigor that has made her renowned as a reporter. Who knew that Jan Wong, one of the toughest journalists in Canada, could be incapacitated by the disease? Out of the Blue proves that it doesn’t matter who you are: depression is an equal-opportunity soul stealer. It proves that even enlightened workplaces have yet to fully come to terms with mental illness. It also proves that recovery and understanding are absolutely possible. Jan is a wonderful writer and as she tells her own story, she speaks for me and for many. Some say depression is a gift. Well, it’s not. But this book is.

From the Publisher

Jan Wong is a courageous journalist who has walked into fire, literally and metaphorically, to bring us the truth. In Out of the Blue, she does so again, but this time it's personal. As she tracks her spiral into unipolar depression, she applies the same rigor that has made her renowned as a reporter. Who knew that Jan Wong, one of the toughest journalists in Canada, could be incapacitated by the disease? Out of the Blue proves that it doesn't matter who you are: depression is an equal-opportunity soul stealer. It proves that even enlightened workplaces have yet to fully come to terms with mental illness. It also proves that recovery and understanding are absolutely possible. Jan is a wonderful writer and as she tells her own story, she speaks for me and for many. Some say depression is a gift. Well, it's not. But this book is.

Jan Wong has clearly and accurately presented the history, signs and symptoms of depression and its underlying and associated pathological correlates. Her research is thorough and presented clearly. Bravo! Perhaps more importantly, she has painted an accurate and evocative portrait of a person trying to live a life with major depression, in a way that will edify, disturb, or comfort the reader.

Toronto psychiatrist, writer and broadcaster - Irvin Wolkoff

Jan Wong has clearly and accurately presented the history, signs and symptoms of depression and its underlying and associated pathological correlates. Her research is thorough and presented clearly. Bravo! Perhaps more importantly, she has painted an accurate and evocative portrait of a person trying to live a life with major depression, in a way that will edify, disturb, or comfort the reader."

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MindfulMonica1 More than 1 year ago
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.