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The Hilarious World of Depression For Years John Moe, Critically Acclaimed Public Radio Personality And Host Of The Hilarious World Of Depression Podcast, Struggled With Depression It Plagued His Family And Claimed The Life Of His Brother In As Moe Came To Terms With His Own Illness, He Began To See Similar Patterns Of Behavior And Coping Mechanisms Surfacing In Conversations With Others, Including High Profile Comedians Who D Struggled With The Disease Moe Saw That There Was Tremendous Comfort And Community In Open Dialogue About These Shared Experiences And That Humor Had A Unique Power Thus Was Born The Podcast The Hilarious World Of DepressionInspired By The Immediate Success Of The Podcast, Moe Has Written A Remarkable Investigation Of The Disease, Part Memoir Of His Own Journey, Part Treasure Trove Of Laugh Out Loud Stories And Insights Drawn From Years Of Interviews With Some Of The Most Brilliant Minds Facing Similar Challenges Throughout The Course Of This Powerful Narrative, Depression S Universal Themes Come To Light, Among Them, Struggles With Identity, Lack Of Understanding Of The Symptoms, The Challenges Of Work Life, Self Medicating, The Fallout Of The Disease In The Lives Of Our Loved Ones, The Tragedy Of Suicide, And The Hereditary Aspects Of The Disease The Hilarious World Of Depression Illuminates Depression In An Entirely Fresh And Inspiring Way

10 thoughts on “The Hilarious World of Depression

  1. says:

    This is a book everyone should read, regardless of whether they ve listened to THWoD podcast It has the potential to help normies have some empathy for the saddies and to remind the saddies like me that they are not alone in this.

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    I m going to be honest this book was nothing like I had assumed it was going to be, but I loved itthan I could have imagined I ve never listened to the podcast because, well, I m like the one weirdo in the world who just doesn t enjoy podcasts So I assumed this was going to be a book with a lot of levity.It definitely had its moments of humor and I appreciated all of them, but at its core this is a great book about what it s really like to struggle with your mental health Part memoir an I m going to be honest this book was nothing like I had assumed it was going to be, but I loved itthan I could have imagined I ve never listened to the podcast because, well, I m like the one weirdo in the world who just doesn t enjoy podcasts So I assumed this was going to be a book with a lot of levity.It definitely had its moments of humor and I appreciated all of them, but at its core this is a great book about what it s really like to struggle with your mental health Part memoir and part anecdotes from those Moe has interviewed, this is the story we all really need right now.There were so many times in this book that I would read a passage and have to reread it again because, as someone who struggles with my mental health, I felt so seen I highly recommend this one whether you struggle with your mental health or not There is so much insight here and I feel we can all benefit from Moe s honest, raw and occasionally humorous experiences.I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review

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    The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe is a book that hit close to home for me Fellow saddies where you at I could relate to a lot of the things John discusses in this book and I really appreciated how honest he was about his feelings growing up with depression, navigating his career and dealing with his brother s suicide Throughout the book are these snippets of hilarious sarcastic wit that shine to make this book not a complete downer to read Honestly I read this one quite slowly no The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe is a book that hit close to home for me Fellow saddies where you at I could relate to a lot of the things John discusses in this book and I really appreciated how honest he was about his feelings growing up with depression, navigating his career and dealing with his brother s suicide Throughout the book are these snippets of hilarious sarcastic wit that shine to make this book not a complete downer to read Honestly I read this one quite slowly not because I didn t like it which is normally the case when I read books slowly but because the issues are so intense and especially during this difficult time in the world I don t think my saddie self could handle it all at once I recommend this book to all the saddies out there who need some reassurance that you are not alone in your feelings and to all the normies to get a glimpse of what we saddies have to deal with every single day

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    John Moe is hilarious Check out his Pop Song Correspondences on McSweeney s or his Twitter account This book, though, isn t so much hilarious as wry and moving It s a memoir of his lifelong battle with depression and trauma For those not up for dealing with talk of suicide, there is plenty of that as he discusses his own suicidal ideation and his brother s death I don t think I ve ever highlighted so much in my Kindle The observations about what life with depression is like are profound John Moe is hilarious Check out his Pop Song Correspondences on McSweeney s or his Twitter account This book, though, isn t so much hilarious as wry and moving It s a memoir of his lifelong battle with depression and trauma For those not up for dealing with talk of suicide, there is plenty of that as he discusses his own suicidal ideation and his brother s death I don t think I ve ever highlighted so much in my Kindle The observations about what life with depression is like are profound He identifies so many ways in which, in retrospect, depression was limiting his life or changing his reality If you know or suspect you might have depression, or love someone who does, this book is a great resource for finding the words to discuss the often taboo subjects related to mental illness.Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a digital ARC for the purpose of an unbiased review

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    I d never heard of the author or his podcast I picked this up because I liked the title and I wasn t disappointed by the contents Moe describes what it s like to grow up with anxiety and depression as something that you don t talk about, or if you do talk about it, the fact treatment can vary wildly depending on who your therapist is.I related closely to his excerpt about working forand how the culture is one which can wreak havoc on depressed individuals, particularly ones who are har I d never heard of the author or his podcast I picked this up because I liked the title and I wasn t disappointed by the contents Moe describes what it s like to grow up with anxiety and depression as something that you don t talk about, or if you do talk about it, the fact treatment can vary wildly depending on who your therapist is.I related closely to his excerpt about working forand how the culture is one which can wreak havoc on depressed individuals, particularly ones who are hard on themselves and have the notion if I just get the promotion or if I just get the recognition THEN I will be happy This is something I ve struggled with significantly in the last several years, and recognizing that it s happening is a wake up call I also loved how he talked about working on ecards and how bonkers and ultimately pointless it all was.The saddest part of this book is undoubtedly the details around his brother s suicide I can t imagine the self blame he endured, and the difficulty of trying to move on with his own life after such tragedy I would recommend this to anyone who has depression or anxiety, somewhat obviously, but also if you have someone close to you who suffers from those conditions because this may help you understand some of the absurdity that can go on inside our brains.Seeof my reviews Blog Instagram

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    Jokes so funny I didn t realize they were funny until I was onto the following chapter Sober anecdotes on a comedian s experience with depression Straight white male privilege in check.

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    DNF for me 42%. I really thought this was going to be a different read I just couldn t get into it If I say I couldn t relate because I haven t been clinically depressed then I sound like I can t empathize, but I have known many people close to me who have struggled with this I just didn t find anything funny However based on other reviews I have read, people are really enjoying this so I wouldn t count it out I also had never heard of the Podcast, The Hilarious World of Depression so ma DNF for me 42%. I really thought this was going to be a different read I just couldn t get into it If I say I couldn t relate because I haven t been clinically depressed then I sound like I can t empathize, but I have known many people close to me who have struggled with this I just didn t find anything funny However based on other reviews I have read, people are really enjoying this so I wouldn t count it out I also had never heard of the Podcast, The Hilarious World of Depression so maybe that was part of it, I had never heard of the author and didn t connect with him Special Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for allowing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review

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    Thanks to St Martin s Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.If you have not suffered from depression, or do not know someone who has, you may not understand how the words hilarious and depression could be used in the same sentence However, after reading this book, you may realise that The Hilarious World of Depression , is, undoubtedly, a highly appropriate title for Moe s incisive exploration of mental illness Of course, there is nothing funny about mental illne Thanks to St Martin s Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.If you have not suffered from depression, or do not know someone who has, you may not understand how the words hilarious and depression could be used in the same sentence However, after reading this book, you may realise that The Hilarious World of Depression , is, undoubtedly, a highly appropriate title for Moe s incisive exploration of mental illness Of course, there is nothing funny about mental illness per se, Yet, on the other hand, there is something otherworldly, slightly farcical and yes something humorous about depression It can be inspirational fodder for the most glorious comical skit, a coping mechanism, or a way of rationalising, in hindsight, the irrational actions of the depressive If you have experienced depression then Moe s colourful, laugh out loud stories will resonate I know they did with me More importantly, Moe reminded me that I am not alone It is one thing to know this on a rational level and quite another to feel it Depression is inherently lonely, but Moe somehow manages to bind the experiences of the individual to a whole community of well, sufferers is not the right word survivors Undoubtedly The people you will encounter in this book are exceptional often high achievers, which makes depression a two sides of the coin type of illness It can be highly debilitating, yet equally, a source of inspiration and striving Depression is often intrinsic to one s personality, and this is sometimes no bad thing Not everyone survives the all pervading tentacles of depression, however, yet not everyone survives cancer, or heart disease, but that does not mean we should not strive for something better Better understanding, better treatment, and most importantly, an inclusive conversation that shatters once and for all the silent, taboo subject of depression We are getting there Moe s candid, multi layered approach to the subject that also considers lack of understanding of the symptoms, the challenges of work life, self medicating, the fallout of the disease in the lives of our loved ones, the tragedy of suicide, and the hereditary aspects of the disease, is an important thread in our much needed conversation about depression Indeed, if you only read one book about depression then make sure it is John Moe s The Hilarious World of Depression My book of the year so far

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    Depression is formless, colorless, and odorless, and doesn t show up on medical imaging See all of those bookmarks The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe was a delight to read He makes a point early on to say that he hopes that this book helps people, that they highlight or bookmark and I certainly did that 4.5 5 stars for me Thank you to St Martin s Press for sending me a copy to review For those of you who are into podcasts, the author is actually a host of a podcast under the s Depression is formless, colorless, and odorless, and doesn t show up on medical imaging See all of those bookmarks The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe was a delight to read He makes a point early on to say that he hopes that this book helps people, that they highlight or bookmark and I certainly did that 4.5 5 stars for me Thank you to St Martin s Press for sending me a copy to review For those of you who are into podcasts, the author is actually a host of a podcast under the same name, which discusses depression with a bit of a comedic take.First let me say, as someone who most certainly deals with depression, but has been too embarrassed to ever get screened for it this book was extremely relatable I felt as if John Moe plucked thoughts from my head TheI read this book, theI am convinced that there will come a point where I have to deal with it He talks about how people with depression often think that if you are able to stop from getting worse, that you ll be fine No need for treatment, therapy, but also no improvement mentally You become a standstill of numbness He says often, we think the next big achievement in our life will make our depressive thoughts go away and then it follows us, and we think, if I could only get to THIS POINT, I would be so much happier Then you get to that point and you re not happier That isn t your fault, you re not just pessimistic or an overachiever You re probably depressed or at least suffering mentally.With such clarity and honesty, Moe talks about his journey of dealing with the idea of death It started out as not wanting to be alive, but not actually wanting to kill himself As his mental state worsens, he talks about contemplating killings himself and how he would do it It might have been half serious, he might not have ever gone through with it, but that act itself is a cry for help in your own mind If you think of how you would kill yourself in the most efficient way, that s not a normal thing people think about when mentally stable He even talks about his anger and guilt when his brother actually does kill himself in a manner that Moe felt like his previous writings may have influenced People that commit suicide are people that have fallen to their illness If someone dies from cancer, we say that their cancer killed them When people kill themselves, others are angry or confused, like how could they have done that How selfish We don t say, their depression killed them or they fell prey to their illness when it IS an illness Moe drives this point home Trauma is a wolf and your mind is a house and it s like, Oh, I m safe from that wild because I trapped it in my house before it could hurt me But then a while later, it s Oh no What happened to my house My furniture is shredded and there s wolf poop everywhere How did that happen Oh hey, I m being mauled What I love about this book is that it is so quotable Moe talks in metaphors and through his experiences, because when it comes to depression, that s what we ve got He teaches us through his traumas, through his reaction to them He doesn t paint himself better than he was or is, he talks about mistakes, moments of rage, moments of hilarity He relates his comedic streak and self deprecation to his depression, which is something not talked about enough A lot of people hide mental insecurities and instability through humor This is obviously a mask, a way to keep people from seeing the turmoil that lies underneath, but it made me really ponder if we screened every comedian for depression, I wonder how high the statistics would favor positive for depression Moe prods at this topic throughout his book and brought that question forth in my mind.There was a part in this book that really stood out to me I think we all know teachers have enough on their plates, we unfairly expect them to teach our kids EVERYTHING So, I m not pinning this on them and I don t think THEY failed us, especially since they are following the curriculum that higher ups provide for them Anyway, Moe talks about during his health classes, how depression or mental health was never brought up I can relate to that, our health class was nothan a week block in a classroom near our PE class, and lightly covered STDs and the food pyramid Now, it is definitely a parent s job to teach all of this stuff Sex Ed, proper nutrition, healthy ways to deal with mental health issues but if we are going to include health into the curriculum, it should include mental AND physical, as they re equally important to our wellbeing As a society, we do not prioritize mental health We all fail each other when we view depression as taboo to speak about My earlier mention of being embarrassed to be screened for depression is proof of that Why am I embarrassed Probably because I ve been conditioned to think that way It isn t acceptable to succumb to your mental health even during tragedies, it seems In college, there s professors that don t even view family death as an excuse to be late on an assignment We are just taught throughout our lives that we need to be strong at all times, we live through war and watching death on the television We saw people DIE on a live broadcast during 9 11 and we are all just supposed to be okay We are supposed to happy all the time even though for generations now, we have lived with the threat of nuclear warfare hanging over our heads, which is something I never thought about until John Moe mentioned I look around and I can say that there s a pretty equal amount of mentally distressed and mentally healthy people in my life Thankfully due to books and podcasts like this, our conversation is starting to turn toacceptance and honesty in relation to mental instability even though we have a long way to go.I get that this review has turnedinto a think piece, but that s what a good book should make you do Honestly, I probably covered about 4 out of 20 highlights in a book that s under 300 pages I can t quote every relatable thing he said Well, I could but then I d just be relaying the entire book to you when you should just read it for yourself So here s a long story short John Moe takes a topic that is well, depressing because yes, talking about depression IS often as depressing and draining as it is therapeutic and he makes it not seem like a chore He brings laughter and moments of camaraderie to his writing He makes you feel seen because of his own experiences and vocalization of those experiences and the thoughts that stem from them Pick up this book if you suffer from depression or if you have a loved one that does, it is amazingly easy to read It comes out May 5th

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    As someone who struggles with depression, I always find it helpful to read other people s accounts of how they re living with the condition And if the story can be told with a little humor, that s even better John Moe, creator of the podcast with the same name, offers a book that s a little different from what I was expecting It s written almost in the form of a memoir where he writes about his own experience growing up with depression, his suicidal thoughts and urges that developed in adulth As someone who struggles with depression, I always find it helpful to read other people s accounts of how they re living with the condition And if the story can be told with a little humor, that s even better John Moe, creator of the podcast with the same name, offers a book that s a little different from what I was expecting It s written almost in the form of a memoir where he writes about his own experience growing up with depression, his suicidal thoughts and urges that developed in adulthood, and how other members of his family struggled with mental illness Moe is able to express perfectly the despair that s present for people he deems saddies I related to so much of his descriptions of how depression can affect day to day life and how it can hinder your plans for the future Because Moe s podcast focuses on interviewing celebrities about their own depression, I was expectingof these other stories from a variety of people including a lot of comedians who face their diagnosis with a sense of humor Although Moe includes some, the majority of the book is related to his personal life The sections devoted to his career were a little less interesting to me, but overall, I think Moe does a commendable job getting down to the gritty details of how his depression informs his thought processes and behaviors I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has depression and needs help reframing especially with humor and humility and for anyone with loved ones who have depression this book will likely create a lot of empathy instead of judgment Free ARC provided by St Martin s Press in exchange for an honest review

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