Living in Darkness: Understanding the Dark Cloud of Depression

By J. Christy McKibben

Living in Darkness: Understanding the Dark Cloud of Depression is a self-published book available in paperback or digital format on Below is a description of the book.

Depression is a dreadful, unpleasant, stubborn, vexatious, miserable, and woeful mental illness.

In other words, it sucks.

More likely than not, you’ve either suffered from a mood disorder or mental illness yourself, or you know someone who has at some point in their life. (Or maybe it’s both.)

This book was written with the goal of helping the loved ones of those with depression. But, it’s also appropriate for those searching for more information about mental illness, whether it’s concern for themselves, or just plain ol’ curiosity.

Anyone can fall victim to depression. Age doesn’t matter. Mental illness can affect very young children, kids, teens, adults, and seniors. Your ethnicity and nationality do not matter, whether you’re rich or poor; male, female, or transgender…none of it matters—depression doesn’t discriminate.

This book lists numerous signs and symptoms for both depression and suicide. A few examples being: feeling worthless or hopeless; having a lack of motivation; reckless or fearless behavior; headaches or other chronic pain with no apparent reason. You’ll also learn about potential causes and triggers, a few of which include: grief; marriage, relationship, or family problems; another trauma or tragedy.

The book points out the importance of visiting a doctor. They’re the only people who can give a diagnosis. Depression can be confused with many other disorders and illnesses, some of which include: PTSD, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Because of the many possible diagnoses, it’s crucial that a Medical Doctor (usually a psychiatrist) is involved.

Treatments such as communication with a psychiatrist, psychotherapy, group therapy, medications, rTMS, and ECT are thoroughly discussed. Also included are descriptions of six of the most common complementary therapies, and a brief list of less common complementary therapies.

Part of the importance of the book (at least to me) are the discussions of my personal experiences with depression. Some people are very insensitive when it comes to mental illness, and some just don’t know how to have a conversation with “us”—so I give examples of things expressed to me, and why they’re offensive in my opinion.

I also have a chapter as to how I believe those with depression should be treated. This is all from my perspective; it won’t match everyone’s experience; so keep that in mind.

Another main point made in the book is that there is no cure for depression. There are things you can do to find relief, and to avoid future episodes of depression, like healthy living; but there is no absolute cure. (I wish it existed!). And by the way, I LOVE self help books, but when someone is in the midst of a severe episode of depression, they need a psychiatrist, treatment(s), and in some very severe cases, an emergency room.
The real goal when it comes to depression should be remission—which can happen by working with the psychiatrist and following the treatment plan to overcome and recover from the signs and symptoms experienced.

Depression can’t be beat for good, but with healthy living, and keeping an eye out for signs and symptoms, it is possible to avoid having another episode of depression (catch it EARLY, it’ll make treatment much easier).
If you’re the loved one of someone with depression, you’ll want to educate yourself, as well as to help gently guide your loved one towards healing. But don’t forget to take care of yourself—it’s essential; you are no good to your loved one if you become ill.

There’s a distinctive darkness to depression. I’m still fighting my major depressive disorder, anxiety, and OCD every day—but life can, and does, go on. Things can get better. Life can feel like it’s worth living again. But, it will take time and a lot of effort. It will be worth it—for both you and your loved one.

I can’t prepare you for any situation you may face; but I sincerely hope this book can help you out in some way.

If you’d like to purchase this book, please click here.


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