Fighting the Blues as a Black Woman: How I Survived Suicidal Depression
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Learning to cope with depression can be a hell of a challenge! For more than 10 years the author lived in a black hole of sadness and misery. Where did her depression come from? What made her want to commit suicide? What stopped her? Three suicide attempts later some way somehow she managed to find the courage and hope needed to break bad habits, negative thinking, and improve her lifestyle. The author share's her personal journey with depression and talks about steps taken to improve her well-being not just for herself but also for her family. The author also share's easy and helpful tips that can make a positive impact for those living with depression. Through tragedy and struggles the author learns to understand her life purpose and wants others to know they are not alone in their depression battles.
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Apr 11, 2011“Fighting the Blues as a Black Woman: How I Survived Suicidal Depression” by Tanisha Herrin is one part auto-biography, one part self-help. It follows the development and progression of Ms. Herrin’s depression within the context of her life and experiences. While it is written from the view point of a young black woman struggling to survive and find meaning in a cold, harsh society the book also contains a great deal of information on the world’s most common mental illness, depression. While parts of the book can be overwhelming at times, she takes the time to spell out how she managed to start pulling herself back from the edge and building herself up. Towards the end of the book she shares some highly personal poetry that can only truly be understood by others who’ve been through similar experiences. Overall this book has the potential to help others realize they’re not alone in their problems and give them a little guidance on the way forward.
Feb 27, 2011What can i say about this book? A wise man said: “A man’s errors are his portals of discovery”. On this pages we find a discovery indeed. A discovery made by a person, who fought with this errors, problems, whatever we shall call them, and sought and is steel seeking the right solution to deal with this problems. The book itself is divided into several “logic” parts: the “birth” of the depression, where did it’s roots come from; the development of this state, the problems caused by it’s bad treatment; and how the narrator is overcoming this state. Now, the book itself is a quite interesting one to read. It’s a subject that many people faced and, are still facing. Everyone knows the feeling. Maybe not in the same depth, as the narrator did, but all people felt this way. In this book there are moments you can recognize yourself as facing with one or another part of this problem, especially in the part when it is analized in a more psychological way. The solutions made in order to fight... More > this “illness” are not new or unknown, but deserve to be read. Not because of their originality, but because it makes you think, helps you realize what can you do in the same situation, what actions can you possibly make in order to prevent the spread of this thing . Although there are flaws in this book. Particulary in the middle of the book, when the narrator tends to analize the depression in a more psychological/scientific way. Not that it’s a bad ideea, but here, this book tends to transform into a scientific lecture for a page or two. I found myself skipping part of the text, reading just the stuff that interested me. The last chapter is one consisting of haiku poetry, regarding the narrator’s feelings. A quite interesting ending, And the poetry sure leaves you the impression that this person has seen in this life much more than the written words could show. Interesting and deep is all I can say. So, as for the end, I would like to say that for those people who felt depression in any time of their life, read it! It will remind you your own feelings in that situations. For those who didn’t, well, you are lucky persons. If you’re interested in studying this part of feelings of a person, you’ll learn something new from this book.< Less
Feb 25, 2011So, is this a fiction book written by someone who knows how to truly write from the heart? Or is this a true story done by someone who knows how to write well? Fighting the Blues as a Black Woman: How I Survived Suicidal Depression was recommended to me as a worthwhile read. Not having “met” Tanisha Herrin prior to my reading the book, those questions came easily to mind as I had just gone through a few pages. Indeed, it was worth my while. Powerful. Poignant. Written from the heart; touches another one’s heart. Drawn from the core; pierces another’s one core. From the first page, one would already feel the emotional and psychological anguish that Tanisha went through and the physical agony she inflicted upon herself. One thing that is worth noting is her ability to move from being personal and emotional as she narrates her experience to being detached and objective as she goes through the journey to realization to acceptance of needing professional help towards getting well. It’s as... More > if it’s a medical practitioner who’s writing. The incorporation of the haiku in the book adds to its uniqueness. Haiku is traditionally a Japanese literary genre. Writing haiku in Japanese is easier than writing one in another language. But Tanisha is able to pull it through. Amazing is her ability to maintain the expression of emotion in the poems. In my long years of exposure to literature, I have encountered only a few that can be as effective in writing poems as in writing prose; Tanisha is now added to my list. Fighting the Blues as a Black Woman: How I Survived Suicidal Depression, is a recommended reading to people who are going through depression. They will certainly be inspired by Tanisha’s journey. It is likewise worthwhile for people who belong to the inner circles of people in despair. They will be guided in extending support. So, is this a fiction book written by someone who knows how to truly write from the heart? Or is this a true story done by someone who knows how to write well? It is both: non-fiction written from the heart by someone who knows how to write.< Less
Feb 24, 2011This amazing book that reflects the most sensitive part in Tanisha Herrin’s life is no less than a breakthrough in this kind of genre. While most life-touching stories are also told with the same intensity as this one, it is rare to come across a prose that is written with so much detail yet it still is not heavy to read. The parts dedicated to identify, define and describe depression with notes on how to overcome that is also a refreshing take compared to other related write-ups that do not offer solutions to the problem presented. “It's not about material things, money, or fancy things people want. It's about living your life day to day being thankful for the people who are around you.” This is a very personal, yet powerful quote from a woman who knew and battled depression but came out triumphant. Fighting the Blues as a Black Woman: How I Survived Suicidal Depression is a highly recommended book not only to those who are going through the darkest times of their lives, but also to... More > those who want to help others.< Less
Feb 23, 2011In her book, Fighting the Blues as a Black Woman: How I Survived Suicidal Depression, Tanisha Herrin discusses how her life’s circumstances both led to and helped her overcome Major Depression. Herrin provides us with glimpses of her past in her own quest to understand and explain how and when her battle with depression started. Coming from a culture where topics such as depression and suicide are not often discussed, the author brings light to subjects that are often kept hidden in the dark. As a young mother of two small children, Herrin shares how she fights her own inner demons and sets on a quest to rewire a brain that has long since been wired with negative thinking. Herrin explains in detail how it is possible to defeat depression by changing one’s own mindset- a task which she tells up front, requires much hard work and discipline at times. Fighting The Blues is an insightful testament to one woman’s battle with an age-old illness. The author breaks the boundaries defined by... More > culture, and reveals her experience with a mental disorder that many women, regardless of race, color or creed, share in common. With patience, positivity and persistence (a.k.a. the “3 P’s), Herrin provides a step-by-step explanation of how it is possible to change a negative mindset into a positive one. Through her creative endeavors, Herrin chooses to advocate life and happiness over death and sadness. Fighting The Blues is a compelling read, whether you are one who suffers from depression yourself or know someone who is suffering. --Stacy Baggett Author of Ordinary World< Less
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- February 21, 2011
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