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David’s Inferno combines intensely personal reminiscences of a two-year nervous breakdown with contemporary insights on how manic-depression manifests and how it is diagnosed and treated. Author David Blistein shares his experiences to shed light on the darkness of depression for both patients and psychologists.
Millions of people suffer from major depressive episodes. All of them want relief but, more importantly, most simply want to know that they are not alone. With gentle wry humor and a compassionate tone, David’s Inferno offers a tale of realization, acceptance, and hope. It is neither prescriptive nor opinionated, seeing all forms of therapy as potentially beneficial in the continuum of care.
“It takes us deep into the mysteries of depression, and its power to transform our relationships, our creativity, and our very selves–a remarkable achievement.” –Ken Burns, award-winning filmmaker
“Blistein’s book is a searingly honest and deeply researched account of a mysterious and pervasive illness. He takes us to the heart of his Inferno, combing through the clinical and scientific literature and plumbing personal testimonies to create a vivid, unforgettable image of this very personal form of hell. This is a wonderful and important book.” –Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies
“This record of a writing life, a talented man’s self-examination, a marriage, all enduring the scalding tides those beset by depression know, stands out particularly for its articulated wisdom and graceful prose. It is plain-spoken, funny, and at times almost heartbreaking. […] But insight is what gets us all by and the most insightful writing is always help in need. David’s Inferno, with its wit and thoughtfulness, is a gift to be cherished.” –Robert Stone, winner of National Book Award for Dog Soldiers and Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Bear and His Daughters
“Warm and compassionate, often hilarious, and full of hope and encouragement…If you love someone who is depressed (or who you think might be), read this book.” –Caroline Carr, author of Living with Depression: How to Cope When Your Partner is Depressed
“David Blistein takes depression–something scary and overwhelming–and makes it approachable through this remarkable new book. He brings to his story a great deal of practical and scientific information without ever losing sight of the human element.” –Rebecca Jones, MD, founder of the Vermont Greenprint for Health, and Vermont Director for Doctors for America
“And there are times when it seems that the storms will never end, that the vortex of madness will devour all hope – But there is tomorrow, and this is the story and promise of David Blistein’s David’s Inferno.’ –Dr. Michael Conforti, Jungian Analyst and Founder/Director of The Assisi Institute