Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope
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Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope

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Awarded the Mental Health America Ruth Altschuler Community Advocate Prism Award and selected as one of the 2010 Distinguished Women by Northwood University, Julie Hersh is an outspoken advocate for mental health. "Despite medical advances," Julie says, "too many people die by suicide because they are afraid to seek help." Julie's goal is to provide a living example that m...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Greenleaf Book Group (first published April 15th 2010)
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An excellent memoir of depression. It stands out from other depression memoirs for two reasons:

1. The author found anti-depressants ineffective and eventually benefited from electro-convulsive therapy, which isn't commonly used anymore but can yield miraculous results for treatment-resistant depression.
2. The book shows that even the advantages of intelligence, a good education, wealth and a loving, supportive family and friends are no guarantee for mental health. This isn't one of those sob sto...more
What struck me most about this beautiful book is Ms. Hersh's courageous sugar-coating, no shying away from the dark places within herself. In fact, I find we too often hide the darker pieces of ourselves instead of honoring them and bringing them into light, where we can begin to heal them as best we can with the tools we have. The book begins with a powerful poem that speaks to that very thing. This is a very important book which I will recommend often, as it shows how depression a...more
I really enjoyed this book. It brought back so many memories of my mom....I looked back on her life and know she suffered so much with depression...and they kept calling it a nervous breakdown. She went more than once to the state instution that they sent people like her to. I can remember as a kid when the doctor came to the house and they would take her away. also I remember when I got older I helped take her to Wilmar....I really didn't understand it then. I know she was a very strong woman t...more
Susie Phillips
I bought this book after watching the author speak at an event and finished reading it only a few days later. Her story made me realize a lot about myself and helped me to think of healthy ways to deal with problems in my life. While reading, I had many revelations about my own feelings, my own life experiences, and how to maintain happiness with myself, my life, and my relationships. Though there are differences between the author and myself, and though I did not relate to the suicide/severe de...more
I read this book because a former member of the ex-pat community in London wrote the book. I knew people who knew her and got to read the draft.

I loved reading the London references but can't believe a publisher actually picked up this book. Poorly written. Almost seems like a self-published book.

While the book is her story of depression, it only seems to scratch the surface.
I recieved this book free through Goodreads First Reads. If you have evered suffered through depression or know someone who has, a child, a friend, parent, co-worker, etc. you will relate to this book. If you are unaware of depression and how it can affect one's life, this book will help you understand it and may allow you to sympathize with those who do a bit more.
Taylor Simons
This book was something new alright. I was expecting the main character to totally lose herself to depression. This book is a great push to hope for people who are struggling with Depression. This is a must read to people. A really great book.
Lindsay Loughlin
Sad, but uplifting read. Really shed some light on understanding people who struggle with clinical depression.
Who knew a book about depression and suicide could be so uplifting? Great read~
I received my copy of this book through Goodreads!

Depression is a formidable enemy. It doesn't show up on an x-ray or a CAT scan. No testing of blood or urine can detect it's presence. That doesn't make it any less traumatizing or deadly, just more difficult to diagnose and treat. It's like a cancer of the soul- aggressive, debilitating, painful. If caught in time, medication, counselling, and support from loved ones can help reduce it back to nothing. Not everyone can get the help they need in...more
'Struck by Living' by Julie Hersh is a fascinating first-hand account on what really happens to a person during depression. Hersh describes her life leading up to depression, her various treatments, and multiple suicide attempts that brought her to the realization that living is a choice and she wanted to live for her friends, family, and herself.

This memoir takes one person's account and helps to describe some of the more common attributes of depression. This book is not only useful for those...more
Julie chooses to live. This is her choice now. It was not always her choice.
Her life story gives us a time line of when her depression surfaced and her journey to survival. She starts when she was a child, takes us through the teens years, college years & into the
.always her choice.
Her life story gives us a time line of when her depression surfaced and her journey to survival. She starts when she was a child, takes us through the teens years, college years & into the present. When did h...more
This book gives a truthful and heartbreaking look into the mind of a depressed and suicidal woman. It offers insight for those who do not suffer from depression and it offers hope to those that do.

We, as a society, need to be mad that suicide rates have remained constant while homicide rates have declined. We need to talk about it, study it, and find ways to help those who struggle with these thoughts.
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

This book had me on the verge of tears so many times, because I could relate. Maybe not to the suicidal thoughts, but to the depression. The feeling like you don't belong. Thinking that maybe your family would be better off without you. Knowing you didn't fit in your own life.

Julie Hersh outlines her struggle with depression and suicide attempts so painfully well that it was almost too much to bear. But knowing that she's been to the same places I have and...more
This book was in the local paper and recommended by a speaker I heard talking about raising children in an affluent culture. This author doesn't live that far from me but she's a world away. I don't suffer from depression but we all have bouts of anxiety and fear from time to time. She does a good job of bringing you face to face with her life and how this terrible disease can sufficate the person dealing with it. It's a quick read and even though I knew, somewhat, how it ends I still found myse...more
Sandy Neal
Straightforward talk about what it is like to live with depression! Julie Hersh shares her ups and downs, attempts at suicide and denial which resulted in relapses.

As the family member of someone who committed suicide, I found it enlightening and heartbreaking because of the subject. Kleenex required when reading this book!

This book also addresses life stressors such as caregiving for elders in the family while caring for a young famiily, transitioning to a higher economic level, marriage in w...more
Megan Hill
This is an excellent read. Definitely hard to get through but worth sitting down and reading it. I was able to meet Julie in person at a suicide prevention walk a year ago and she is the most genuine person I have ever met. She spoke at the walk and it was very endeering. I couldnt wait to get her book and read it that day. She was giving them away for free (but accepting donations) so I was able to get my book signed by her. She expressed her sympany for me when I told her the story of how I lo...more
The title is slightly deceiving since the majority of the book is about how the author does not want to live. The title also led me to believe there would be more of a hopeful tone, but this was not the case. It might be useful to some people who have experienced depression/suicide personally. I find the author to be courageous to step forward and write such a personal/real account of her struggles with both depression and suicide. I would have liked more of the book to be about how Julie wants...more
This is a good book for anyone who has suffered with depression or dealt with a loved one who has suffered with depression. I myself do not have depression but this book has helped me understand the disorder a little more. The author was very honest and brave to tell her story. I wish there was more of a cure rather than just hoping or suffering through the months of feeling down. I left the book wondering what the future would hold for Julie.

I received this book free through First Reads Goodre...more
"...repercussions of suicide. One small death drops in the pond, and the ripples push everyone to a new place."
Seeing depression from this point of view was refreshing. I felt as though it would be how a close friend would describe her feelings. This book gives an insight of a woman that has given up hope yet still makes it through her daily routine with the help of friends and love from her family.
Jul 01, 2011 Carrie marked it as to-read
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I had two roommates in college (at separate times) that suffered from depression, so I think this will hit home with me. I always like memoirs that end with hope, so I'm thinking I will enjoy it! Thanks Goodreads for the win!
I am absolutely loving this book! It is such an easy read. Im over half way through in under 2 days, reading after work.
So much better than I expected & sadly could relate- well except the suicide & depression part.
Debra Robinson
Probably the best book I've ever read about depression. One woman's passionate personal journey.
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Julie Hersh is board president of the Dallas Children’s Theater, an active supporter of the Suicide and Crisis Center, Mental Health America, Empower African Children, and other nonprofit organizations. Hersh worked in high-tech product development and marketing/ sales in Silicon Valley before retiring from a lucrative sales management position after the birth of her first child. A longtime member...more
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