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- Black Rainbow: How Words Healed Me, My Journey Through Depression
In , Oxford graduate, working mother and Times journalist Rachel Kelly went from feeling mildly anxious to being completely unable to function within the space of just three days. Prescribed antidepressants by her doctor, and supported by her husband and her family, Rachel slowly began to get better, but her anxiety levels remained high, and six years later, as a stay- In , Oxford graduate, working mother and Times journalist Rachel Kelly went from feeling mildly anxious to being completely unable to function within the space of just three days.
Prescribed antidepressants by her doctor, and supported by her husband and her family, Rachel slowly began to get better, but her anxiety levels remained high, and six years later, as a stay-at-home mother, she suffered a second collapse even worse than the first. Throughout both of Rachel's periods of severe depression, the healing power of poetry became an integral part of her recovery. As someone who had always loved poetry, it became something for Rachel to cling on to in times of need - from repeating short mantras to learning and reciting entire poems - these words and verses became a powerful force for change in her life.
In Black Rainbow Rachel analyses why poetry can be one answer to depression, and the book contains a selected 40 of the poems that provided Rachel with solace and comfort during her breakdown and recovery. At a time when mental health problems and depression are becoming more common, and the stigma around such issues is finally being lifted, this book offers a lifeline for anyone seeking to understand depression and seek new ways to treat it.
Poetry is free, has no side-effects and, as Rachel can attest, 'prescribing words instead of pills' can be an incredibly powerful remedy. Hardcover , pages. Published October 6th by Quercus first published April 24th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Black Rainbow , please sign up. Lists with This Book.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Unlike many of us, Rachel Kelly can trace the beginnings of her depression to a specific time and place.
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She is at home, it is a Sunday night, mid-May She goes to bed but cannot sleep - sleep will not come for her, no matter what she tries. She tries to distract herself, comfort herself with her sleeping children, makes nests about her three-storey home. But yet she cannot sleep. And then comes on the terrible pain. Aching, aching limbs, wrenching pain, so bad that she cries out to her husb Unlike many of us, Rachel Kelly can trace the beginnings of her depression to a specific time and place.
Aching, aching limbs, wrenching pain, so bad that she cries out to her husband, so bad that she cannot feel comfortable, so bad that she thinks she is dying.
This is, apparently, a symptom of some depressive episodes, but she does not know this until she meets the doctor who, it has to be said, saves her. Severe physical pain is something I have never experienced during a depressive episode, but I cannot imagine such a thing.
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But depressed she is, it is post-partum depression, brought on by the recent birth of a new baby and the stress she has experienced in her fight between work she is a journalist with The Times and home. For many months, she is bed-bound, the days fading into each other, her children kept from her, the youngest leaving home as she is unable to take care of him and her husband has a demanding job. Bit by bit, she is able to take part in life again, now with gardening, now with bathing with her children.
What helped most were small steps: And what also helped were poems. She is given this poem by a friend, who has experienced depression herself, and who does not mention that Sexton killed herself, in the bitter end. Even so, being a poetry lover from an early age, this poem helps her as it describes her experience, in words she can understand, in an emotive way.
Poetry helps her more and more.
Black Rainbow: How Words Healed Me, My Journey Through Depression
She memorizes poems, line by line, and passages from the Bible, and this learning and remembering soothes her, as do the words, of course. She has such a firm grasp of her own mental state, such a determination to get well, using relaxation tapes, breathing exercises, poetry, that her recovery is miraculous and to be honoured. She is a working mother of five now. There is hope, and poetry helps too, of course. I am pro anyone who seeks to lessen the stigma around mental health. I have mental health problems. After reading, research and the love of good people in my life, I feel I have reached an understanding of mental health issues that I wish I had possessed in my teens and twenties.
Maybe I had to work and suffer for this. Two seismic attacks of depression lasted a total of twenty years. She describes it as ' a long old ride'. Her initial description of being depressed was I am pro anyone who seeks to lessen the stigma around mental health. Her initial description of being depressed was sickeningly recognisable in its mundanity. As it often does, depression yanked her by the hand through the tunnel to the point where she could do nothing.
This journalist and mother grasped at something she loved to provide her with oxygen: Rachel recounts the poems that kept her afloat in a moving account of how terrifying it is to be so suddenly and blindingly unwell. As a fellow word-lover there was much to like here, but I got my Barbara Ehrenreich whoa there hat on when Kelly delves into 'the science of happiness' reproducing ideas and words without criticism.
When Googling Rachel Kelly today I found she has written another book 'Walking on Sunshine small steps to happiness'. My heart sank until I read that Kelly says the book is not for those in the grip of serious depression,but people, like her, who are keeping hold of things but are plagued by anxiety. Let me clarify my position: I have no problem with things that can help people. Kelly says she manages her depression 'as you might diabetes'. My mental health problems are so much more manageable since I saw them as something to be managed rather that to be ashamed of. What I am against is denial of reality and people being offered treatment as a panacea.
There's a storm today.
The rain cover on my buggy is broken. If I was offered the choice between a free yoga session and a new rain cover I'd go for the former, despite far preferring the latter. Kelly says 'a privileged life doesn't mean a privileged health', but the fact is that her privileged life gave her access to a swift diagnosis,quality therapy and time off work without the fear her family would be hungry and homeless. People without funds often find themselves on a carousel of misdiagnosis, impatience from their primary health care provider and advice which seems patronising at best, as well as incomprehension from family and friends.
Kelly's book was a memoir of her own journey. I admire her work since in being a mental health campaigner and advocate. My journey has been different, and the journeys of those younger and lower on the pay scale are also different. To get to the point of management you need to get past dismissal and misunderstanding. Nov 01, Diane Dachota rated it really liked it. Memoir of severe depression and the author's way out of her misery with the help of poetry. Rachel was a wife and mother of two children when she developed physical and emotional symptoms which became increasing debilitating.
She chronicles her daily life, the extensive help she was given by her husband, doctor and mother and the role poetry and finding beauty in life helped her reclaim her life. The book is well written, and also depressing and at times tedious. Other people's daily lives and sy Memoir of severe depression and the author's way out of her misery with the help of poetry.
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