"Ms. Thompson takes a clear-eyed look at work as well as love, intertwining the success story of her journalistic career (she eventually becomes a reporter on The Washington Post) with her record of numb despair, suicide attempts and hospitalizations."THE NEW YORK TIMES
It hides in plain sightin the colleague who drinks too much, in the friend who keeps canceling nights out, in the teenager who won't leave his room. It is frequently found running in tandem with other life-threatening diseases. It is in our colleagues, in our friends, in our families.
Depression has afflicted Tracy Thompson most of her life. To the outsider looking in, she was a happy person with a rewarding career, a beautiful family, and a large circle of friends. But lurking beneath the veil of contentment was a dark, inexplicable, and all-consuming despair that she would later dub "The Beast."
In this unflinching chronicle of her continuing battle against "The Beast," Tracy Thompson writes with ceaseless candor on her struggles, on the internal war that pursued her from youth to adulthood, undermining relationships, complicating her career, and threatening her family. Thompson recounts this most personal and vital battle to reclaim her life before depression could take it from her. A seminal work on depression at publication, THE BEAST remains an essential read to the millions of Americans enduring depression, in either their loved ones or themselves. It offers an insightful perspective on the disease, and a glimmer of hope.
"Absorbing...powerful...It's a frightening tale that will strike a nerve in anyone whose life has been touched by the agony of mental illness."PEOPLE MAGAZINE
"In that resilient genre, the autobiography of melancholy, we hope for courage, honesty and the texture of the particular. Tracy Thompson supplies all in generous measure." Peter Kramer, author of LISTENING TO PROZAC
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am sorry to see that new copies of this book are no longer available. While I still struggle with depression...what this book did for me was put into words everything I was feeling but could not describe to other people. It helped me to realize that I was not the only who had ever felt this way.
Tracy Thompson's 'The Beast' is a surprisingly attractive and readable tale of the author's battle with mental illness. Her imagery and metaphors are both original and precise. This book is a nice slice of life for ANYONE to read--not just for those who struggle.
THIS IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ ON THE SUBJECT. NOT ONLY DOES IT COME TO US IN FIRST PERSON, IT IS WRITTEN BY A WOMEN WHOSE GIFTED USE OF IMAGERY HELP US TO COME AS CLOSE TO KNOWING WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION AS ONE CAN WITHOUT EXPERIENCING IT. I HAVE ALREADY TOLD 10 OF MY FRIENDS TO GO OUT AND BUY THIS.