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FREE õ The Hilarious World of Depression ⚜ 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 inAs 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 DepressionInspired 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 As someone who struggles with depression, I always find it helpful to read other people s accounts of how they re living with the condition And if the story can be told with a little humor, that s even better John Moe, creator of the podcast with the same name, offers a book that s a little different from what I was expecting It s written almost in the form of a memoir where he writes about his own experience growing up with depression, his suicidal thoughts and urges that developed in adulth As someone who struggles with depression, I always find it helpful to read other people s accounts of how they re living with the condition And if the story can be told with a little humor, that s even better John Moe, creator of the podcast with the same name, offers a book that s a little different from what I was expecting It s written almost in the form of a memoir where he writes about his own experience growing up with depression, his suicidal thoughts and urges that developed in adulthood, and how other members of his family struggled with mental illness Moe is able to express perfectly the despair that s present for people he deems saddies I related to so much of his descriptions of how depression can affect day to day life and how it can hinder your plans for the future Because Moe s podcast focuses on interviewing celebrities about their own depression, I was expectingof these other stories from a variety of people including a lot of comedians who face their diagnosis with a sense of humor Although Moe includes some, the majority of the book is related to his personal life The sections devoted to his career were a little less interesting to me, but overall, I think Moe does a commendable job getting down to the gritty details of how his depression informs his thought processes and behaviors I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has depression and needs help reframing especially with humor and humility and for anyone with loved ones who have depression this book will likely create a lot of empathy instead of judgment Free ARC provided by St Martin s Press in exchange for an honest review This is a book everyone should read, regardless of whether they ve listened to THWoD podcast It has the potential to help normies have some empathy for the saddies and to remind the saddies like me that they are not alone in this. I m going to be honest this book was nothing like I had assumed it was going to be, but I loved itthan I could have imagined I ve never listened to the podcast because, well, I m like the one weirdo in the world who just doesn t enjoy podcasts So I assumed this was going to be a book with a lot of levity.It definitely had its moments of humor and I appreciated all of them, but at its core this is a great book about what it s really like to struggle with your mental health Part memoir an I m going to be honest this book was nothing like I had assumed it was going to be, but I loved itthan I could have imagined I ve never listened to the podcast because, well, I m like the one weirdo in the world who just doesn t enjoy podcasts So I assumed this was going to be a book with a lot of levity.It definitely had its moments of humor and I appreciated all of them, but at its core this is a great book about what it s really like to struggle with your mental health Part memoir and part anecdotes from those Moe has interviewed, this is the story we all really need right now.There were so many times in this book that I would read a passage and have to reread it again because, as someone who struggles with my mental health, I felt so seen I highly recommend this one whether you struggle with your mental health or not There is so much insight here and I feel we can all benefit from Moe s honest, raw and occasionally humorous experiences.I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe is a book that hit close to home for me Fellow saddies where you at I could relate to a lot of the things John discusses in this book and I really appreciated how honest he was about his feelings growing up with depression, navigating his career and dealing with his brother s suicide Throughout the book are these snippets of hilarious sarcastic wit that shine to make this book not a complete downer to read Honestly I read this one quite slowly no The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe is a book that hit close to home for me Fellow saddies where you at I could relate to a lot of the things John discusses in this book and I really appreciated how honest he was about his feelings growing up with depression, navigating his career and dealing with his brother s suicide Throughout the book are these snippets of hilarious sarcastic wit that shine to make this book not a complete downer to read Honestly I read this one quite slowly not because I didn t like it which is normally the case when I read books slowly but because the issues are so intense and especially during this difficult time in the world I don t think my saddie self could handle it all at once I recommend this book to all the saddies out there who need some reassurance that you are not alone in your feelings and to all the normies to get a glimpse of what we saddies have to deal with every single day