Learning To Laugh Again: A Journey Through Depression Paperback – October 29, 2017
by Daniel Porter (Author)
Mental Illness, a taboo subject for most, a silent killer plaguing young men and women around the world. We live in a world where nobody knows what to say or how to talk about these things. When somebody makes the decision to self-harm, to shut themselves away, to even take their own life, how can we as people begin to understand them? Hell if i know, but the least I can do is to try and simplify things for people who don’t understand. My name is Danny, I’m a 25 year old Essex boy living in Sweden. I’m an aspiring preschool teacher, a gamer and a massive dork. I love to sing, to play music, and to try and bring the best out of people. I also suffer with depression and anxiety. I’ve struggled for so many years with people calling me overdramatic, soft or weak for events beyond my control. In the past twelve months I’ve gone through some of the most trialing things I’ve ever had to deal with. Losing my job, my family, my home, wandering through life not knowing who I really was or where I was really going. With the recent suicide of a man who I admired greatly, I made a decision to try understand these thoughts that rattle around my mind. Armed with nothing but a horrible quality laptop, some antidepressives and an arsenal of sarcasm, I’ve taken the time to look at my past, connect the dots with stories I’ve been told from other sufferers, and to try and create what I feel is a guidebook to the world of struggling to be happy, from the perspective of somebody who cried the day his mum told him they just got broadband internet. (I was about 12, i’m not exactly an ancient specimen sure, but you try living with dial-up for that long.) This book is my way of finding my way back to sanity. I can only hope that it can help others out there do the same. If you, or somebody else in your life suffers with depression, these notes are for you. You are not alone in the world, and if you give me a chance i’ll prove it to you. If i made it through, battered and broken though I may be, then anybody has that potential. It’s all a matter of perspective, so I hope you’ll let me try and change your outlook to something more positive. That or if I can get a few cheap laughs in I’ll count that as some sort of success.
- Paperback: 93 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (October 29, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1973174553
- ISBN-13: 978-1973174554
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,228,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
This book should be compulsory reading for all teens!
January 5, 2018
I enjoyed this book very much. Danny writes from his heart with humor and grace and will bring a smile to even the hardest heart. Depression is complex and Danny does a wonderful job of explaining how it feels to him. He details strategies and coping skills that have helped him and could help others in similar or not so similar situations. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to school libraries, especially for teenagers, struggling to understand emotional and physical changes, that can and often do lead to short or prolonged depressive episodes. I must confess the gaming references went right over my head but teens and twenty somethings will appreciate them! Highly recommended.