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My Sh*t Therapist

And Other Mental Health Stories
Narrated by: Michelle Thomas
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Summary

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.

©2019 Michelle Thomas (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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insightful

at times I found it a bit shallow but most of the time it gave me real insight a d helped me to empathise with my depressive's husband behaviour. it also gave me a better understanding of timescale, made me realise everything with depression is subjective and recovery times are varied.

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Like sinking into a warm bubbly bath. Michelle “gets it”!!!

I downloaded this audiobook whilst navigating through a rough patch of poor mental health. Michelle manages to articulate the messy, nonsensical pig sty that is is depression. Beautifully narrated by the author, it’s also peppered with stories from other “1 in 4’s”... It’s made me laugh, given me goosebumps and helped me feel less alone.

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What a book!

This book is literally a life saver. If you’ve had depression, anxiety or actually just feel a bit low sometimes - with humour, insight and brutal honesty you’ll find not only yourself in this book but hope.

Thank you for finding the strength to give words to what so many of us feel and helping me to hold on

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If you ever feel like you have thoughts you can’t articulate, read this book

This resonated with me more than I could imagine. It was like reading about my own experiences but explained properly. It made me feel I am not alone in this weird world. Hard to believe this is a first book. Loved it!! Thank you xx

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Interesting, but...

Some of the words in this are very relatable -- thankfully I have found a path that involves mindfulness, and I now work on not keeping that part of my narrative activated.

Firstly, I have a bit of an issue with the lens through which she view the world. For example, her ideas about gender, including the use of the term "genderqueer" are quite unscientific and political, and potentially do a disservice to people with real gender dysphoria. She also sometimes speaks about women's issues in a way that paints women as unique victims -- it's a disempowering narrative that can undermine when men go through exactly the same issues.

I won't let that get in the way of the overall message however as I've certainly had my own share of issues over the years and she's just filtering through her own perspective.

Overall it's a good listen, but I'm currently more than halfway through and this is more autobiographical than it is practical (it's not useless either, just not quite what I was hoping for).

So, 2 hours to go and I'm not sure if I will finish this book or not; it doesn't seem to provide any solutions to the real issues of mental health, just personal reflections and a catalogue of difficult problems -- but it does keep the debate going and it does offer hope in the form of identification for people who may be "going it alone".

I hope it gets read or listened to by people with the power to change things as her reflections on the god awful system are absolutely 100% accurate.

Oh, and finally she has a nice voice and seems like a decent person -- so if you (Michelle, the author) ever reads this, then I wish you well on your journey as my mixed review has no reflection on you as a human being.

This may not resonate with everyone here, but I found solace in a spiritual solution -- if you are struggling then these are what helped me, that's not a judgment or advice, it's your journey and I'm just sharing what helped me along my own...

Louise Hay - you can heal your life
Eckhart Tolle - The Power of Now
Abraham Hicks - Ask and it is given (book version is better than audio)
Gabrielle Bernstein - The Universe Has Your Back.

I wish you all the very best.

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WOW

Listening to Michelle for the last month has been heaven. Her words have truly caught my soul and I feel as though she has stepped into my mind and put all the crazy pieces into neat little boxes and given me the courage to face my demons. I don’t know what I’m going to do now it’s finished. Honestly one of the best pieces of art I’ve ever experienced. This book has now left an everlasting imprint on my heart. Thank you so much!

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Fantastic

I’ve loved listening to this. I’d recommend it to anyone. It has really helped me. Thank you Michelle.

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good

loved it. some helpful tips on who to follow on Instagram and other good upbeat ideas

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fantastic

A heartfelt glance at one woman's experiences with mental illness, narrated by her own voice, and pleasantly theatrical at times. And personally, I found her Welsh accent to be absolutely delightful to the ear!

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Good story

As a therapist I really enjoy listening about people's experiences of mental health problems; this one was a pleasure to spent my time on.

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  • 16-07-19

not your usual book about depression

Michelle Thomas, and her gorgeous Welsh accent, had me feeling ALL THE FEELS. in a good way. I'm so glad I listened to this book. to laugh at the insanity is SUCH a good thing