The Hilarious World of Depression

The Hilarious World of Depression

by John Moe


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"[A] path to deeper understanding and openness, by way of laughter in the dark" —The New York Times Book Review

"...Filled with heart, humor and hope." —People

One of Todays's Ten Best Inspirational Books, 2020 | One of Huff Post's 10 Most Anticipated Book Releases Of May 2020

"A funny, honest book about depression, and what you can do despite it." —Neil Gaiman

"Candid and funny and intimate." —Susan Orlean

For years John Moe, critically-acclaimed public radio personality and host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, struggled with depression; it plagued his family and claimed the life of his brother in 2007. As Moe came to terms with his own illness, he began to see similar patterns of behavior and coping mechanisms surfacing in conversations with others, including high-profile comedians who’d struggled with the disease. Moe saw that there was tremendous comfort and community in open dialogue about these shared experiences and that humor had a unique power. Thus was born the podcast The Hilarious World of Depression.

Inspired by the immediate success of the podcast, Moe has written a remarkable investigation of the disease, part memoir of his own journey, part treasure trove of laugh-out-loud stories and insights drawn from years of interviews with some of the most brilliant minds facing similar challenges. Throughout the course of this powerful narrative, depression’s universal themes come to light, among them, struggles with identity, lack of understanding of the symptoms, the challenges of work-life, self-medicating, the fallout of the disease in the lives of our loved ones, the tragedy of suicide, and the hereditary aspects of the disease.

The Hilarious World of Depression illuminates depression in an entirely fresh and inspiring way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250209283
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 71,893
Product dimensions: 5.57(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

John Moe has served as host of national public radio broadcasts such as Weekend America, Marketplace Tech Report and, from 2010- 2015, Wits. His reporting has been heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, Day to Day, and more. His writing appears in humor anthologies, The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney’s, and The Seattle Times. He’s a much in-demand public speaker and the author of multiple books, including The Hilarious World of Depression.

Table of Contents

The Big Sexy Celebrity Laser Fight: A Preface xi

1 In Which I Finally Get Better 1

2 Junior High School and Depression Being Somehow Connected 9

According to ThWoD: Junior High Is a Time People Get Ka-whompoed 25

3 Carol Burnett as Coping Mechanism 29

According to THWoD: Comedy Is a Helpful Tool 41

4 Imagined Snapshots of Key Moments 47

5 My Dot-Corn Bubble Bursts 59

According to THWoD: You Can't Solve Mental Illness by Not Dealing with It 85

6 Bridges, Troubles, Waters 90

According to THWoD: The Worst Idea Is Always Nearby 95

7 In Which I Am Told That Yeah, There's Something Wrong 101

According to THWoD: Other People Already Know You Are Depressed 119

8 Seeing the World with Clear Eyes 124

According to THWoD: Pills May or May Not Help, but Let's Not Get All Spooky About Them 136

9 In Which Everything Changes 140

10 Trying to Move On Without a Clear Idea How 155

According to THWoD: Some Pain Doesn't Go Away, It Evolves 163

11 I Choose Noise over Silence 167

According to THWoD: Good Things Happen When You Talk 183

12 The Hell with This, I'm Moving to Minnesota 187

According to THWoD: Therapy Is Neither Good nor Bad, It's an Adventure 199

13 Things That Make Me Stronger 203

14 A Treatment I Still Don't Fully Understand but Do Appreciate 220

15 In Which I Posit That Depression Is, Perhaps, Hilarious 231

16 A Potentially Hilarious World of Potential Depression 242

17 Scouring the Nordic Countryside for Trauma Fossils 254

18 Getting Better Before I Die 260

According to THWoD (the Podcast), THWoD (the Book), and THWoD (the World)-Nine Things I've Learned 268

Acknowledgments 283

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