Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within

Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within

by Gayathri Ramprasad
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Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within by Gayathri Ramprasad

A first-of-its-kind, cross-cultural lens to mental illness through the inspiring story of Gayathri’s thirty-year battle with depression. This literary memoir takes readers from her childhood in India where depression is thought to be a curse to life in America where she eventually finds the light within by drawing on both her rich Hindu heritage and Western medicine to find healing.

As a young girl in Bangalore, Gayathri was surrounded by the fragrance of jasmine and flickering oil lamps, her family protected by Hindu gods and goddesses. But as she grew older, demons came forth from the dark corners of her idyllic kingdom—with the scariest creatures lurking within her.The daughter of a respected Brahmin family, Gayathri began to feel different. "I can hardly eat, sleep, or think straight. The only thing I can do is cry unending tears." Her parents insisted it was all in her head. Because traditional Indian culture had no concept of depression as an illness, no doctor could diagnose and no medicine could heal her mysterious malady.This memoir traces Gayathri's courageous battle with the depression that consumed her from adolescence through marriage and a move to the United States. It was only after the birth of her first child, when her husband discovered her in the backyard "clawing the earth furiously with my bare hands, intent on digging a grave so that I could bury myself alive," that she finally found help. After a stay in a psych ward she eventually found "the light within," an emotional and spiritual awakening from the darkness of her tortured mind.Gayathri's inspiring story provides a first-of-its-kind cross-cultural view of mental illness—how it is regarded in India and in America, and how she drew on both her rich Hindu heritage and Western medicine to find healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616494759
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 554,415
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gayathri Ramprasad is the founder and President of ASHA International, a non-profit organization promoting personal, organizational and community wellness. She has received undergraduate degrees from Bangalore University, India, and George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, from where she also received an MBA.A Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), she is also a member of the Global Speakers Federation, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (past Board member, NAMI Oregon), and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.Gayathri is the winner of the prestigious Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Voice Award for Consumer Leadership sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).Gayathri lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel-like readability of this memoir immerses the reader in the darkness and terror of mental illness. I came to care deeply about Gaythri and her family. Gayathri's story is important. The stigma of mental illness keeps far too many people unaware of treatment that could save their lives.
Alphabet More than 1 year ago
I learned so much about depression, India, and the plus is that this book is inspiring. Perhaps you might like to know more about mental illness and the families it effects.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a penetrating view into the life of someone with mental illness and it helped me to understand something of what is going on for someone close to me. It also left me with hope. Very readable.
bloomingtonbabe More than 1 year ago
THANK YOU FOR THIS FREE FRIDAY OFFERING! What an amazing journey this woman has had. Make sure you have time to sit down and read this book--you won't want to put it down. Easily one of the BEST Free Friday offerings in the last year!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not expecting the degree of honesty nor the beauty of the engaging prose I learned things I have needed to understand for years I will purchase in book form and reread Thank you B&N for I would not have known this book existed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tells the personal horror of mental illness in the "first person". You'll go thru her life with her becoming immersed in her life as she knew it----There IS hope!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely wonderful! Well written, very insightful, and very helpful to me in understanding more about mental illness from the afflicted person's perspective. Thank you, Ms. Rampasat, for sharing your very personal and inspiring story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written and informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of the author's battle with depression and her Indian culture made for a very worthwhile read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed her openess and vulnerbility as she shared her story. Very informative. Heart touching.
MRR62 More than 1 year ago
With depression in the family, I expected this book to feed on insecurities. Rather, I found it to be a very helpful portrayal of a young woman's experience with clinical depression, and how culture and tradition worked both to help and to hinder her understanding of it and her ability to live well. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves anyone who lives with depression, for professionals who work with people in depression, and others who want to expand their understanding of heart/brain/emotion/intellect issues.
PMM1 More than 1 year ago
Beautifully raw and honest. So many lessons to be learned from this woman's incredible journey. The author shows the reader that there is hope from helplessness, understanding from ignorance, and light from darkness. A thoroughly engaging and educating read.
happyasalark More than 1 year ago
Having just finished another book on mental illness, I found this glimpse into the ways people from India deal with depression and mental illness. Obviously, they deny it exists and therefore Gayathri suffered immensely from their lack of understanding feeling they could "pray" it away. It was sad and enlightening and I recommend reading it. What I learned from this book is we all have a little "crazy" in us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned a lot about depression in this book. It really took you on a journey through the pitfalls of mental illness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and good story on her life.
DivaDeluxe More than 1 year ago
Couldn't get into it. Was tool depressing for me.
Pitollie More than 1 year ago
Wow. Did I LOVE this book. Now only do you get an insight into southern Indian customs and foods, you learn a lot about clinical depression and mental disease. This book really changed how I felt about all mental diseases. This powerful story does not hold back in its description of the authors 10 year battle trying to 1. determine what is wrong with her and 2. find a way to live with her disease in a way that works for her. With her loving family by her side, she describes how a person - who appears to have it all- is afflicted with clinical depression and how she and her family cope. As a bonus the description of the Indian food was tantalizing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very easy to read, it takes the reader on a journey through the life of one woman and her battle with severe depression.
jvandix1 More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Ramprassad gives a voice to those who so often are unable to speak. Very well done.
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A good end for those that want to understand what depression is all about.
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DarleneRN More than 1 year ago
This book offers so many insights into mental health: pain, hope, abuse, faith, relationships, advocacy, family.  This author openly shares her story and she tells it well. I highly recommend this book.
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