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The Unwelcome Visitor

Narrated by: Denise Welch
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
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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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Really Enjoyed

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

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Inspirational!!

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

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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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An insightful listen

This book gave me a real insight into what might happen when someone suffers from clinical depression. I was thankful for Denise reading it too. A worthwhile listen for anyone living with or cares about someone with this illness.

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Enjoyed it and great insight into mental illness.. But quite repetitive and self endulgent at the end..

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informative and helpful

A helpful insight into the world of depression. As someone who also suffers it makes me feel less alone to know others feel the same way.

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The unwelcome Vistor

what an excellent name to give it.
I've suffered with it for many years and my visitor was leaning in the background during listening to your book.
I had to step back for a few days while it lifted and I have now finished it.
This book is a brilliant way to describe what this Invisible illness does to oneself and for others to understand.
you have come so far and you are a great inspiration to all walks of life.
Denise you are an amazing woman.


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a honest book

I laughed, I cried and I fully understood the pain, the not been able to control the visitor
it was a revelation to hear other people who were close to her and how they felt..
I've always been too scared to ask my loved ones how they feel when I'm not myself
Brilliant book for anyone who struggles with the visitor or for friends and family to understand its something that cant be controled and the person who struggles doesn't mean to hurt anyone