Overcoming Depression: A Memoir

I find it so amazing, but it happens with such regularity that I cannot ignore it. My mail box is a thing of awe and wonder, stuff arrives everyday, and much of that ‘stuff’ is books. There is no rhyme or reason to it, but books seem to come in groups. The latest group seems to be books that explore depression and abuse. Yes the two subjects to run together. They dovetail in a marriage made in hell.

Step On A Crack takes the reader on a very strange journey. Jill Byrne openly admits that this book was not what she set out to create, my suspicions are that she wanted to share her experiences, but had no plan on creating a memoir.

It was never my intent  to write anything, much less my memoir.  However, when my significant bouts of depression ended abruptly  and never returned over the test of time, with humble gratitude,  I felt called to share my journey. My purpose was not to tell all, but to tell enough to encourage others in a similar situation.

Actually my thoughts are that Jill Byrne set out to write a book about her battles with depression, and how it often is diagnosed and treated as a mental issue. The biography part materialized in the writing process. I for one am glad that it did. Jill has an important, and alas all too common story to tell.

Her life has been a complex one, there are shades of family abuse, most certainly shades of some mental issues, and heaps of depression. These traits are by no means limited to Jill, they seem to peculate through the entire family.

Step On A Crack is not for the feint at heart. It is a nitty gritty look at a very harsh reality. Jill also makes a very interesting observation. Oh not directly, I am sure that it never entered her head while writing the book. But it is very clear that medications are often prescribed with impunity, and little is done to monitor the results. Lithium has been a crutch for dealing with both Bi-polar and severe depression for years, yet several books that I have read lead me to believe that it is far from the ‘wonder drug’ that it was touted to be.

I have no doubt that pharmaceuticals did play a part in Jill Byrne’s recovery, but a more significant aspect is human intervention. From reading Step On A Crack you really start to understand how the healing process works for some illnesses. Drugs are sometimes not the panacea they are touted to be. The human brain is a strange place, it is a cavernous place and sometimes the tunnels connecting pieces of logic and information become blocked. With good resources those blockages can be removed.

Although Jill Byrne makes no reference’s to the subject directly, her story clearly shows a genetic link is involved in depression and other problems that she faced.

You can order your copy of Step On A Crack by using the Amazon link above

Simon Barrett

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