Friday, January 6, 2017

Book Review: River of Time

As someone who has suffered from severe depression at points in my life. This book was very healing in some ways. 

When you are a celebrity talking about mental illness isn't pretty. Being an advocate for mental health is not an easy task. Every now and then people like Carrie Fisher and Naomi Judd come out of the woodwork and teach us that even when your life looks amazing, you might be struggling and fighting about no one can see. 

This book is truly not for the weak or faint of heart. Judd brings us along for the horrific journey that is crippling anxiety, and serve depression. She lays it out honestly and packs a punch. She is realistic and at times creates some unflattering realities of the medical staff in the United States. Mental health has a stigma attached to it. Which seems doctors are even susceptible to. These "invisible" illnesses are often not given merit. 

After Naomi had gone on a tour with Wynonna, she fell into a spiral of depression, panic attacks, and debilitating depression. It came from nowhere. She had just completed a successful tour in 2010-2011. She was a Grammy-winning superstar. At that moment though she believed she had every reason for ending her life. That is what depression does. You can be on top of the world but when the switch flips nothing seems worth it. Naomi would spend the next two years in psychiatric hospitals, trying meds, undergoing therapy and treatments. 

 In River Of Time, Naomi is very honest and courageous. She crushes the stigma and puts a call out for better treatment of depression. This is a great read for anyone who is struggling or enjoys celebrity books. 

Disclaimer-I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. Thank you, Hachette, for sending me this book. 

If you are interested, pick up the book at Amazon or Barnes&Noble. Let me know what you think in the comments below. 

Goodreads Description: 

Bestselling author and Grammy-winning musical superstar Naomi Judd shares her devastating personal story with depression to spread awareness and encourage others with the disease. 

The world knows Naomi Judd as one of the most successful and best-loved country music stars ever. What the world doesn't know--until now--is that after her 2010 and 2011 North American tour with Wynonna, Naomi fell into a debilitating and terrifying depression that seemingly came out of nowhere. Just months after the successful tour ended, Naomi truly believed she had every reason to end her life. Facing severe depression, terrorizing panic attacks, PTSD, toxic drug poisoning, and addiction, she spent the next two and a half years in psychiatric hospitals undergoing treatments and searching for answers.

 In River Of Time, Naomi describes the agonizing toll this took on her and shares her message of hope after surviving the most painful period in her life.

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