Saturday, February 6, 2010

Review: Beyond Blue by Therese J. Borchard

Therese Borchard may be one of the frankest, funniest people on the planet. That, combined with her keen writing abilities has made her Beliefnet blog, Beyond Blue, one of the most trafficked blogs on the site.

BEYOND BLUE, the book, is part memoir/part self-help. It describes Borchard's experience of living with manic depression as well as providing cutting-edge research and information on dealing with mood disorders. By exposing her vulnerability, she endears herself immediately to the reader and then reduces even the most depressed to laughter as she provides a companion on the journey to recovery and the knowledge that the reader is not alone.

Comprised of four sections and twenty-one chapters, BEYOND BLUE covers a wide range of topics from codependency to addiction, poor body image to postpartum depression, from alternative medicine to psychopharmacology, managing anxiety to applying lessons from therapy. Because of her laser wit and Erma Bombeck sense of humor, every chapter is entertaining as well as serious.

Received from the publisher for review.

This was a fascinating, frank discussion, but the (relatively mild) religious aspects of the story did not particularly enthuse me. It was certainly not something you'd want to read in a single sitting as it can be rather overwhelming and really a bit of a downer.

The "Sanity Break" sections were actually nice breaks. These short sections contained valuable tips that reinforced the narrative.

This one gets three stars. I found the book quite fascinating and very informative. The subject was very respectfully handled by someone who has been there and done that and lived to tell the tale. It would certainly benefit those who suffer with mental illness themselves.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


ANovelMenagerie said...

Thanks for the review. It looks like an interesting book for people/families who suffer with this.

CinciMom11 said...

This sounds neat. Because of my minor, I've taken more than a few classes on several of the topics covered in this book. I love reading stuff like this! I can see how it would be a downer though. :)

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