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Climbing The Mount Everest of Depression – a Story of Hope, Recovery and Inspiration

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Climbing The Mount Everest of Depression – a Story of Hope, Recovery and Inspiration

There are a lot of books out there about depression, but not many of them are written from the perspective of the person who experiences the mental illness of depression. Laurie’s book does this. Her book, Climbing the Mount Everest of Depression – a Story of Hope, Recovery and Inspiration, not only does that, but also describes a sense of recovery and hope. She likens hope and the sense of recovery to getting to the top of a mountain. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world and when one is climbing out of depression, it is like climbing the tallest mountain out there. She describes her journey and some of the tools and resources she used in her recovery.

Author Laurie Jueneman loved working in a variety of settings as an RN. These included several different types of intensive care units and general surgery units. After receiving her Masters Degree in Nursing Education, she started to work in that area. A few years later, the job she looked forward to performing lost it’s appeal. She describes this time period as “like an earthquake shook the ground beneath my feet”. She no longer liked going to work, had difficulty sleeping, cried easily and had anxiety over things that before didn’t bother her. Laurie was diagnosed with depression.
Laurie provides an in depth description of her struggle with the mental illness. She shares that despite being a registered nurse, she did not identify her symptoms as a mental illness, but someone else did.

Her journey included years of therapy where she came to terms with different aspects of her life and the symptoms she was experiencing. Included in the different treatments she experienced were therapy, hospitalization, cognitive behavior therapy and a rare brain surgery. She had over four hundred electro-convulsive treatments to help lessen the frequents thoughts of suicide she experienced. She also shares her thoughts on a variety of topics, some of which include suicide, fear of a relapse, the effects of sexual abuse, electro-convulsive therapy, and journaling. She defines depression as “a callous illness that had no idea I had other plans for my life.”

Throughout her recovery, she was an active volunteer in the community and for the National Alliance of Mental Illness. She ends her book by saying, If I could have one wish, it would be that all people could have the access to the mental health care they need when they need it. I am very lucky to have received the help I did. It seemed that many people never stopped believing I could get healthy again. I hope that I can be one of those people for someone else.



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