Book: The Hilarious World of Depression
Author: John Moe
Genre(s): Nonfiction, Memoir
Release: May 2020
I went in to this book with only my curiosity on how someone could make depression funny – I had no knowledge of the author or his podcast, which maybe would have clued me in a little sooner. But, I really fell in love with this book. It’s a hard and honest look at depression in all its ugly forms, and it resonated deeply with me.
While I’m not clinically depressed, most people can relate to feeling down. Personally, when I get down in the dumps, I can have days where I barely have the energy to move my finger, let alone get out of bed and pretend like everything’s fine as I go through my day. 2020 in particular has been tough on my mental health, and John Moe’s book was a friend, someone who’s been there, done that, and says its okay to feel that way and that you’re not alone.
I also appreciated that John Moe detailed his own steps of dealing with depression, from before he was diagnosed with it to getting the diagnoses and consequently dealing with that. The addition of snippets from other big-name comedians and celebrities was nice, too – instead of stigmatizing mental health, John Moe shows you what you can do in spite of having these problems.
10/10 would read again, and definitely recommend to anyone in need of a pick-me-up or who’s been secretly struggling and hasn’t confided in anyone because they’ve felt ashamed or embarrassed or what have you.
(Side note: I have plans to start listening to his podcast, and I’m in search of more open discussions like this about important topics on not just mental health, but anything that has traditionally gotten people shushed for talking about it, so if you have a recommendation of a book or podcast or video, drop it below!)