Undercurrents: A Therapist's Reckoning with Depression

Undercurrents: A Therapist's Reckoning with Depression

by Martha Manning
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Undercurrents: A Therapist's Reckoning with Depression 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sdean2boys More than 1 year ago
For anyone who has ever struggled with depression, of any severity, this book will give you pause. She writes so clearly and vividly of the pain of the illness, which is only compounded by the fact that she herself is a psychotherapist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a person who has dealt with mental health issues all my life, and is still trying to conquer my problems, I highly recommend this novel to everyone. Manning¿s book is simple and informative for those who want to understand depression. For those who experience such sad and tough moments, it is uplifting to read her story and know that she made it out of such pain and despair. Her description of her thoughts and feelings are dead on. Moving and funny, this novel can help those who don¿t understand the lows that someone with depression (or even bi-polar or borderline personality) may experience. If everyone read this book, behavioral health complications would not seem so scary to those who do not suffer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought I was indestructable, but at age 46 I suddenly 'shut down' with clinical depression. After 4 months on Prozac I feel wonderful again...this book makes you realise that IT CAN HAPPEN to anyone & Martha Manning's professional insight is refreshing & incredibly helpful. There is light at the end of the long dark tunnel & the huge depression 'bubble' that traps you from the outside world can be burst!!!!The book makes you realise you can still have bad days but SLEEP & APPETITE do indeed return....just hang on in there!Martha makes you feel 'normal' & makes depression acceptable!!Well done !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can relate especially well with Martha's depression because of its similarity to my own depression. It was disturbing to find that Martha had to resort to ECT to treat herself, but at least it worked. Overall, the book is very well-written and keeps the reader's attention throughout. It's a reminder of how a positive attitude can help one ride out the storm during the treatment of severe depression. Even though I'm giving it five stars, I don't think it's quite as good as my favorite mental illness memoirs: 'An Unquiet Mind' and 'Girl, Interrupted'. Nonetheless, I recommend it highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very open and honest accounting of the story of Martha Manning. She left little out and I learned much from her book. Her style was surprisingly optimistic; I appreciated that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As another counselor who is also a clergyman and a depression sufferer, I identified closely with much of what Manning had to say. Fortunately, I have not undergone ECT, but anyone who wishes to better understand their own or someone else's depression will be well informed by this book. It is easy reading, and if I had any criticism of the work, I would suggest that perhaps it moves a little too quickly to adequately convey the way time drags for the depressed. I recommend it highly, and I congratulate Manning for her courage in sharing it with all of us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a person who has battled depression, reading Undercurrents by therapist Martha Manning was, at times, like reading my own journal. Manning accurately describes the pain and isolation that go hand and hand with manic depression. Her tale is tragic, but what she learns and shares with us is worthwhile. I highly recommend this short book to everyone. It should give you a better understanding of the dark cavern that is depression.