My Sh*t Therapist & other mental health stories by Michelle Thomas
Source: Library Book
Genres: Non-Fiction, Mental Health
Publication Date: 13th June 2019
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“A shocking, heart-rending and blisteringly funny account of what it’s like to live with mental illness, by a powerful new comic voice.
When Michelle Thomas suffered her first major depressive episode six years ago, she read and watched and listened to everything about mental health she could get her hands on in an effort to fix herself. God, it was tedious. And, quite frankly, depressing.
Which is the last thing she needed.
What she did need was a therapist who would listen and offer a wellness strategy catered to her specific needs. What she got was advice to watch a few YouTube videos and a cheerful reminder that ‘it could be worse’.
An honest, hilarious and heart-rending account of living with mental illness, My Sh*t Therapist will help you navigate the world, care for your mind and get through sh*t diagnoses, jobs, medications, boyfriends, habits, homes and therapists.
You’ll find no scented candles or matcha tea ‘cures’ for mental illness here. Instead, learn how a modern woman and her friends and followers navigate life with their brilliant but unpredictably sh*t brains.
Having a crappy mental health day? I’ve got you.
Want to chat antidepressants and breakdowns?
Pull up a pew and let’s get into it.“
My Thoughts & Review
I hadn’t actually heard of this book until Laura over at Roachies Reviews recommended it to me last year. I had to wait for my library hold to come in but I finally got it and I wasn’t disappointed.
I really loved the way this book has been written. What I liked was the fact that Thomas talks about her mental health so openly and who she relates everything she says to everyday life, from her job to personal life and relationships and how her mental health impacts on everything.
This book has taught me a little more about how mental health is different for everyone and how difficult it is for every individual. Although I haven’t personally had mental health issues myself, I do have friends and family members who have/had and because of this I found I could relate to quite a few of the stories told in this book.
Although My Sh*t Therapist covers some sensitive mental health issues, it also has some light and funny moments so it doesn’t feel like a heavy read. Although a short book, I really enjoyed it book and would highly recommend it. After reading this one I really feel we need more books like this, were we learn about personal experiences rather than just facts.
I have already recommended this book to a couple of my friends who suffer from mental health, and they said they can’t wait to read it.
(This book was for the prompt Friend Recommendation for the 2020 TBR Reading Challenge completed)
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