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'Though we have come a long way this crippling, debilitating, often terminal illness is still shockingly misunderstood. This is my story that you have asked me to tell. Those who suffer from depression will understand and those who don't will hopefully learn how to.'

This is the book that Denise Welch wished for as she found herself exhausted and defeated after yet another visit from The Unwelcome Visitor - the name she gives to the episodes of clinical depression she has suffered from over the past 30 years. 

For so many, understanding their mental health is a leap into the unknown, and they are left grappling with the physical and emotional fallout without any guidance or someone to tell them 'you're not alone and you can live a happy and successful life alongside your illness'. Within this audiobook Denise reveals her ongoing journey from breakdowns to breakthroughs and through self-destruction to self-acceptance. 

Typically candid, Denise brings her trademark humour and honesty to a conversation that we urgently need to have, and shows listeners it is brave and courageous to be open and vulnerable, and you too can take back control.

©2020 Denise Welch (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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So honest!

love that this book has been read by the author. Denise reading her book is brilliant. I’ve always been a fan of her, for various reasons - but this book is so honest and real! I have been personally effected by things in this book and I think it’s so so good that someone is willing to put pen to paper in order to help others! I really think it will help others too! Denise, we love you! Denise, thank you!

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A perspective on Depression

I love how you named the illness “the unwelcome visitor”.
This book has touched me deeply, moments where I goose bumped from head to toe in the connections of truth you so eloquently have shared.
Thank you so much.
I admire you , your strength and how you have
Shared your life here.

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Might offer hope to some

It is a recollection of her journey with depression and anxiety. For me, it didn't offer any new insight, other than helping to reiterating that it isn't always about circumstances, that depression is a physical ailment that affects the brain. We've all heard it "what has he/she got to be depressed about, they have everything they need!". Life can be a bowl of cherries but a person can still suffer from this dreadful disease.

As for Ms Welch narration, she spoke too quickly for the majority of the time and used a few phrases that I can only assume are from the north east -which I didn't understand. But my main criticism is that Denise Welch continually reminds the listener/reader how good she has been at her job, (awards & compliments etc) and I don't mean that she gives us hope that you can suffer with depression but still be successful, no, it was much more about her ego.

Maybe I am being over critical, maybe my expectations were too high. It is worth reading, especially for the family and friends of those suffering with depression, it will help them to see just how crippling it can be.

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Really Enjoyed

Great book, really related to so many scenarios and really feel less alone in the way I feel.

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Absolutely loved this book

Incredibly informing insight into how depression can affect your life. A very honest, intelligent and brave lady. Well done Denise! Anyone suffering mental illness will find this book an amazing support and give them hope for the future.

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Rubbish

Denise Welch is a mediocre celebrity at best although she thinks otherwise. I found the book to be boring and rambling and wouldn't recommend
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Inspirational!!

What a strong lady you are Denise. Thank you for sharing your very personal story.

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Didn’t like it

Was a lot of depression - and not a lot of hope - not for me !!!!

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Incredible Lady

Thank you Denise for sharing your life story living with depression This book is not only educating but heartfelt and so honest . This is a very cruel disease that not only has a devastating affect on the person suffering but on the family & friends who love them
I enjoyed the book very much but it also left me humbled and grateful that I don’t have to live with this daily battle
Denise you truly are a strong and incredible woman surrounded my so much love & I truly hope you continue to stay healthy and strong

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book

I could relate to so much of this book and it has given me a new found respect for Denise Welch for being brave enough to speak about so many of us suffer from

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