Grappling with the deaths, handling the family business, and dealing with a mother needing care hundreds of miles away, Evonne finds depression pounding on her door. But she stands firm--after some wobbles--determined to not let the intruder destroy her life. Evonne releases her pain through writing, lets the Olympic Rainforest wash her in solace, and confronts her brother's mental illness in his writing.
With sensitivity, Evonne explores mental illness from both sides--within the mind of the sufferer and of those watching the one suffering--and sends hope for all. Shaking Shame from Mental Illness shows that depression is highly treatable and manageable and need not poison your life. One can emerge from the depths of despair and find reasons to dance in the sun.
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This is a WONDERFUL book! I just finished reading it. I had a brother-in-law who committed suicide a few years ago. That act forever changed our marriage & our families lives. My mother suffered from depression for many years, which she sought help for. The medications & each individuals bodies react differently. I have 3 siblings & we have all suffered with depression to some degree. Eventually Mom suffered from dementia. I was the first one in the family to recognize what was going on with her & alerted the other family member to this situation. After reading this book, I feel like Evonne has walked the same path as I have. Her mother suffered from dementia and was in a nursing home for many years. Mom suffered from it for at least 16 years after I first realized what was going on. My paternal grandfather & 3 of Mom's siblings suffered from Alzheimers or dementia. There is a link of this disease to aluminum cookware, aluminum in deodorants, beverage cans etc. which contribute to the build-up on aluminum in our bodies. Yet ALL these things are still marketed and promoted.