In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest:
“I’ve often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that ‘normal people’ also might never understand. And that’s what Furiously Happy is all about.”
This book was so amazing for me to read! As someone who takes medication and has gone to counseling for my social anxiety, I found comfort in someone who understands life in some ways that I do. Lawson makes the hard subject of mental illness whimsical but in a respectful way. I felt very comfortable reading this and I didn’t feel like how I do when others hear about my anxiety.
She is so honest and her mind works the way I feel like most people with anxiety works. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars, it was one of the first books about living with mental illness that I enjoyed, and felt like I wasn’t being misrepresented. I would recommend this book to anyone in your life who struggles with any mental illness, no matter what it may be. The authors sense of humor is so fun and one that is easy to relate to if you have anxiety or depression.
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