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How to Come Alive Again

A Guide to Killing Your Monsters
Narrated by: Beth McColl
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
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At a time when mental health problems are increasingly prevalent among 18-35-year-olds, Beth McColl offers up practical advice for anyone who has a mental illness or knows and loves someone else who does.  

How to Come Alive Again is a funny, honest, broken audiobook written by an author who could be described as the same. It is a combination of self-help audiobook, memoir and polemical lifestyle guide. It lays out the basics for mending your life, accepting yourself, changing what doesn’t work, killing the worst of it and learning to live through depression. 

It’s an audiobook about what to do when you’re an anxious, depressed, spaghetti-brained mess in a society that still prefers us to act normal and never talk about our mental health. It’s an audiobook about what happens when your life turns to s--t and you can’t get out of bed. It’s an audiobook for when you outwardly seem happy and functional but are actually drowning in worry.

©2019 Beth McColl (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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The mental health survival guide

According to the charity Mind, 1 in 4 people in the UK on the average year will suffer a mental health problem. Those numbers can be shocking and what makes it so hard to believe is that it can be an invisible illness. It can be concealed in a way that other illnesses cannot, which can make them all the harder to deal with both as a sufferer as well as a friend or family member of a sufferer. This is a friendly, simple and comprehensive survival guide for mental health problems. It talks through the many ways this can affect one's life, the ways that it can make you withdraw entirely or engage in self-destructive or reckless behaviour, and how sometimes the most simple activities feel almost impossible. This book does not preach, nor does it come across like a dictatorship, though it reads as though it has been written by a friend who has been in that hole before and knows how to get out of it. There are a lot of practical tips here, things to know when seeing a doctor and knowing that if a doctor is not taking you seriously then you change your doctor. Activities and behaviours that can help to get you out of a slump and to feel more human. The book is written very simply with good humour and is pleasant to read, though there are some sections that can be difficult though they do carry a trigger warning. My only reason for not scoring this a 5 was that it felt that this book was unintentionally targeted to female readers, not that male readers were deliberately excluded but some of the activities that could help pull you out of a slump did not feel as though they took men into consideration.

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Very basic advice

Was funny in some parts but was a hard listen when the advice seemed very basic and a bit preachy. Not everyone has a life where you can just stop, seemed aimed at single women.

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  • Aaron King
  • 06-04-19

Wonderfully encouraging and insightful

I would recommend this to literally everyone, to those of us who suffer from depression and anxiety, no matter where you stand on your path to wellness, and to the wider world as well so they can get a peek behind the curtain and perhaps be slightly less insufferable. Personally this book had me catching myself nodding along as it described moments and thoughts that I find myself in from time to time, some uncomfortably familiar and some that just felt good to hear echoed across the globe. As someone neither at the beginning of that long road nor even able to glimpse the end past the horizon, this was a refreshing moment for me, reminding me of all the things I do simply to manage my illness and how I've gone so long doing them that I simply forgot and let that become who I am. To the author, thank you for the reminder, it's time to stop wasting my life

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  • Christian Witts
  • 24-04-19

Would definitely relisten to this, a great dive into dealing with your demons

A fantastic and humorous dive into depression and how to help yourself by: * Help on how to get through a a bad day * How to talk to your partner about expectations * Ways to practice self-care and many more topics. Would definitely listen again!