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Turning This Thing Around

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  24 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Paperback, 118 pages
Published February 18th 2011 by Createspace (first published December 1st 2010)
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Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it
(This review can be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).

As a former sufferer of depression and anxiety, this book was something I really wanted to read. While it wasn't the best memoir I've ever read, it was still alright.

I like the title of this book. It fits in well considering Keith turns his life around. It's super fitting.

The cover may be plain, but the one picture works well especially when it comes to any kind of disease whether mental or physical.

I f
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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Turning This Thing Around by Keith Maginn is half inspiring memoir of overcoming personal struggles and half self-help about overcoming depression. As such I was only able to connect with half of the book. The half of the book where Maginn tells his deeply personal account of struggle and depression was challenging and sad; the half of the book where Maginn offers advice and tells about how he worked through his depression left me feeling disconnected. Readers who struggle with depression may ha ...more
Lara Girdler
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Clinical Depression…
I have Depression, this is not an easy thing to say, it’s not something one wants to admit – even when (clinically) diagnosed, they still fight it tooth and nail.
I also have anxiety – that just makes the depression that much worst
For anyone with depression and anxiety merely talking about it can be difficult enough, never mind putting your struggles out there for the world to read about. It’s just unheard of. Not something anyone truly wants to talk about, mental illness is h
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Original review is posted here:

Depression is a horrible disease. It can be triggered by bad events in life, but it can also be triggered by a disbalance of chemicals in the brain. It affects not just the person who suffers, but his/hers entire family and friends. Depression doesn't kill you, but it can make you kill yourself.

In Turning This Thing Around, Mr. Maginn tells his story, his own journey through the disease. Without any makeovers, he simply tells
Marilou George
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Keith Maginn has written a memoir pulsating with the realities and challenges he faced coping with debilitating anxiety and depression while outwardly trying desperately to hide it. When he realizes that this is something that he needs help to get through only then does he ask for it. This is a success story of how you can personally fight to find a resolution and seek the necessary help to do so.

This book also brings to light the struggles that a person with severe depression experiences on a
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
4.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: Friends, you know how I feel about writers who sneak poetry into their texts. Well. Maginn may not have changed my mind, but he’s almost certainly changed my heart. I don’t want this to be another “blah-blah this book changed my life we have so much in common blah” review, so I’ll simply say this: I understand.

If I were, say, a gal who’s struggled with mental illness my whole life, I’d give Maginn five stars just for having the cojones to put his story out there (
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everybody has their own problems, small or big. We work on our problems in many different ways to help us stay stable and happy. In this memoir, Keith Maginn had many extreme issues but how he dealt with them was inspiring.

The first half of the book was very strong. We came to learn who Keith was and what his problems were. He was a very active person who didn't know how to relax, which affected his emotions and physical health. He also described his relationship with his fiancé. Their relatio
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
When I began reading this book, I felt as if we were living parallel lives: I suffer from social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, and depression. On top of that, I have sleeping issues too. I grew up as an anxious, depressed child but always put up a front and pushed through, because that's what my parents did and that's what they expected. I've taken meds, visited psychologists, practiced mindfulness meditation, and am currently trying rTMS - therapy that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate ...more
Debbie Brueggemeyer
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this book in a day while the kids were at school. This book really touched me as a mom and as a friend. I met Keith this Fall when he started working at the Kenton County Library. Keith is a good guy and after getting to know him a bit during our breaks, he told me about his books. I thought I would read one to get to know him better. Well, I sure did with this book! Keith comes from a good family and just wants to do good in the world. He overcame this very tough time in his life and had ...more
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I received a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
From the beginning, the author pulls you into the struggles that he faces on a daily basis. Mental illness, while slowly being accepted, still carries a large stigma, and a large burden of people not understanding it. If you don't suffer from depression or anxiety, or any of the plethora of different emotional illnesses out there, you can't really understand it. It doesn't always just have a psychological reason, somet
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Turning This Thing Around is a moving account of the author's life and his inspiring quest to overcome a combination of personal challenges.

Readers are given a first hand look into the life of Keith Maginn as he details his thoughts, feelings, and various attempts to "cure" his problems. Eventually, Keith meets Mary and they fall deeply in love. Mary struggles heavily with mental illness and although Mary and Keith believe their love will be enough to see them through, it is the ending of their
Victoria Brinius
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What I liked most about this book was the way the author wrote it. He was telling his story, and not judging. He had a lot of issues and he was just trying to help people realize the same symptoms. I would love to see a sequel where we learn more about Mary. I applaud Keith for all he did for Mary and I wonder how many other couples are living out there with the same problems that never get help. I am so happy that Keith gave his Doctor's name so that as others read this book that have the same ...more
* I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Told with honesty and wit, the author details his physical and mental struggles. While reading I felt he had just scratched the surface and I thought it could have been more in-depth but maybe that's just me. He did offer some good tips for others going through personal problems. It's definitely a worthwhile read.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Definitely worth reading... will likely read again. Good insight & easy to read. It made me cry more than once, it made me think & it gave me hope and reminded me that even when I feel that no one could understand what I've been through... I am not alone. I highly recommend it.
Oct 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting look at one guy's experience with depression and other issues.
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Keith Maginn feels writing to help and inspire others is his life's purpose. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the youngest of four children, Keith attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as an Evans Scholar. After earning his bachelor's degree in sociology, he relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, to work for AmeriCorps and Habitat for Humanity.

After spending ten years in Tennessee, Keith retu
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