My latest ebook, Depression Present Tense, is now available at Amazon and the other major online retailers. Like Surviving Depression Together and A Mind for Life, it draws together a number of posts from Storied Mind and weaves them into a book to capture the immediate feelings, sights, sounds, terrors and joys of living with depression and struggling to heal despite its pervasive presence. Depression Present Tense opens with childhood memories about the origins of family trauma and early signs of isolation and loss of self-esteem. It goes on to detail the long struggle to have a working life despite the frequent attacks of depression, anxiety and panic. Then come the day-to-day confrontations with a damaged self and the endless efforts to heal as a good life gradually re-emerges.
My story is one of moments of crisis and insight, the jagged edges of experience never quite fitting together in a smooth story arc. I’ve tried to help you experience the fears and uncertainties, the glimmers of hope and love, the hard work of facing the worst the illness has to offer. This was the most difficult of the three ebooks to complete because it deals with so many traumatic events but also so many breakthrough moments of healing that it was hard to relive them to get them clear on the page. I’ve also included essays about writing to heal and how central and hard that has been to my recovery.
Depression Present Tense is available for pre-order before July 31, when it will be downloadable from Amazon. The ebook is now available for download in other formats at Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo and other online retailers through this universal link. The price everywhere is US$2.99.
I hope you’ll read this last of the three Storied Mind ebooks, and catch up on the others if you haven’t read them before. If you find any of them helpful, please leave a rating or review. Those are really important to get the book noticed and read more widely. Thanks for your help and support!