Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate
by Susan Calman
Susan Calman is wonderfully funny, is all over clever TV and popular programes and in ‘Cheer up love’ she writes about her lifelong struggle with depression. She is heartbreakingly honest about living with The Crab of Hate as she names it. She talks with humour and grace about self-harming, hurting & cutting herself, the deep darkness that lurches within her and does with such a laugh out loud style that you forget how painful and hurtful these times much have been for her. This book is a gift from her humour to ‘The Crab of hate’ and it’s a supreme act of will and love.
Her stories of counsellors and therapists, of the well-meaning twaddle that ignorant folk have said to her, and continue to say to sufferers of this malignant disorder are both insightful and darkly funny. I always liked Calman but after reading this book I respect her and adore her, not just for her ability to tell a difficult story with engaging hope but also to be honest enough about her pain to allow me to learn and little about being a more supportive person to depressed people in the future.
This is a very personal and affecting memoir of how, after many years and with a lot of help and talking, Susan has embraced her dark side and realised that she can be the most joyous sad person you’ll ever meet.
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