About the Book
The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe
Published on May 5, 2020 by St. Martins Press
GoodReads DescriptionFor 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.
Three Reasons Why...
- When I first saw this book, I knew that I needed to read it. It is far too easy for people to think that those who struggle with depression or other mental health issues can just "get over it" because it is "all in their heads." This is most definitely not the case! Moe does a terrific job not only explaining that, but giving a "typical" individual insight into the mind of a depressed individual. This book is eye opening and enlightening.
- More importantly, this book is here for people who DO struggle with depression. It finally provides the necessary understanding that these people are not alone. For many, this can mean showing a loved one what it is really like in their brain during the darkest and deepest depths of depression.
- In addition to helping people and bridging the gaps between those who struggle with depression and those who don't, this book is a memoir. It provides you with an inspiring story about a man who goes through some very difficult things to become a person he is proud of. This book outlines his time in crappy jobs, awful moments, success, and happiness.