Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Reasons to Stay Alive
Reasons to Stay Alive | Matt Haig
One of Entertainment Weekly's 25 most anticipated books of 2016Matt Haigs accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matts inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it. Everyones lives are touched by mental illness: if we do not suffer from it ourselves, then we have a friend or loved one who does. Matts frankness about his experiences is both inspiring to those who feel daunted by depression and illuminating to those who are mystified by it. Above all, his humor and encouragement never let us lose sight of hope. Speaking as his present self to his former self in the depths of depression, Matt is adamant that the oldest clich is the truestthere is light at the end of the tunnel. He teaches us to celebrate the small joys and moments of peace that life brings, and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
BookNAround
post image
Pickpick

Haig has writtten a short, powerful memoir of his time with severe depression. It is honest and hard and ultimately hopeful although his attitude towards medication might not be helpful to someone suffering. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/09/review-reasons-to-stay-alive-by-matt.ht...

59 likes1 stack add
review
lovelybookshelf
post image
Pickpick

What an insightful, hopeful, loving book. This is a must-read for anyone with depression and/or anxiety. Highly recommend the audiobook. #depression #anxiety #mentalillness #memoir #selfhelp #nonfiction

16 likes1 stack add
blurb
cobwebmoth
post image

@BookNAround Thank you so much for this #randomactofkindness ! You are so kind to think of me. Your timing is perfect. *hugs*

blurb
BookNAround
post image

A stormy night, a book, and a magazine about books. As long as the power stays on, I‘m all set.

review
thebookworm_reviews
post image
Pickpick

Recommended to me when I was going through an incredibly hard time. I wasn‘t optimistic and felt it would be a chore to read. Oh, how wrong I was. Sometimes it‘s easy to think that you‘re the only one who can feel this bad but it‘s a relief to know that someone else has felt the same way. You‘re entitled to feel how you do and the hardest step is reaching out. Highly recommended for anyone who is suffering from low mood, depression and/or anxiety.

Caroline2 I really enjoyed this book too. 👍🏻 4mo
9 likes1 comment
review
tealwish
post image
Pickpick

If you suffer from depression and anxiety or want to understand someone who does, this honest book explains the true grit of it. There is the sadness and hope of his personal story, but also so many collected reasons to stay alive. This isn't self help but the reality of what mental health issues look like.

Suet624 One of my favorite books. 4mo
tealwish @Suet624 I know! I need to own a copy so I can highlight and underline. 4mo
Suet624 I handed copies out like candy to friends. So good. 😁 4mo
62 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
my.books.in.squares
post image

Hope everyone is having a good Easter weekend.

I am loving this sunny Scottish weather, spending today in my garden reading this gem.

#currentlyreading #mentalhealth

60 likes2 stack adds
blurb
ExpatsandEnglishBooks
post image

Reason #183 to stay alive: picnics in the park on sunny days! #books #bookstagram

karajay Ughhh a book picnic sounds amazing! 7mo
ExpatsandEnglishBooks It was so relaxing and fun! I Highly recommend doing one at least once ☺️ 7mo
2 likes2 comments
review
Catrina
Pickpick

A perspective on personal struggles so relevant today. The ending of all of the things he has taken joy in after a time that he thought he would feel joy again is so moving and a constant reminder to me to be thankful and take in so much each day

review
CaliforniaCay
post image
Pickpick

Post 3 of 3. Just finished this one and I loved it. It was just what I needed. Definitely need the print version because there were so many good lines I wanted to underline. This was a personal look at his struggle with depression and anxiety that offered a lot of facts, statistics and quotes. It was helpful withou reading like a cheesy self help book. Very insightful. Thanks again @TrishB and @JanuarieTimewalker13 for the reccomendation!

TrishB Glad it helped ❤️ it is a good read for those going through it and those supporting them. 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 You‘re so welcome!!!😘 8mo
59 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
JackOBotts

This book is important. Haig shares his personal experience with depression, his insights about the disease, historical/scientific context, and his strategies for coping. His honesty and willingness to put his experiences in the public view provide a view of depressions and anxiety that is very real. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

43 likes1 stack add
quote
JackOBotts
post image

Haig‘s writing is honest; it is true; it is important.

quote
Kateri
post image

Books are possibilities. They are escape routes. They give you options when you have none.

blurb
LitDrivenGirl
post image

I hope it is okay to "cross pollinate" a post from my Instagram (aka promote it too). I'm hosting a giveaway over there with my sister's ( @biblio_ginger ) business for one of my favorite 2018 reads and one of her BEAUTIFUL one-of-a-kind bookmarks. Check out the post and see how to win ?. My Instagram is @LitDrivenGirl too!

AmyG Thank you! 10mo
LitDrivenGirl @AmyG thank you 😊!!! 10mo
9 likes2 comments
review
Christinak
post image
Pickpick

Reading this was like a balm to the soul.
It is a very quick read and I highly recommend it.

blurb
JackOBotts
post image

Literally in my hands: my most recent Goodreads giveaway win! 🤗 Has solid reviews; I‘m looking forward to hearing his story.

Slajaunie I have never won any from Goodreads. 10mo
JackOBotts @Slajaunie whenever I get a giveaway email from them, I enter! I‘ve gotten lucky the past year and won 2 (of who knows how many!). 🤞🏼 for you that you get selected soon! 🍀 10mo
Slajaunie Thanks! 10mo
43 likes3 comments
blurb
JackOBotts
post image

Happy New Year to me. Looking forward to reading this memoir in 2019.

LauraBeth 💃💃 11mo
Bookladylinda Yay!!!!! 11mo
43 likes2 comments
review
LaLecture
post image
Pickpick

After I posted 9 quotes from this book you might‘ve guessed it - I loved it 😄. It was actually a reread and I still think Haig has so many important things to say. The book give a great insight in how a person suffering from depression might feel. It also makes a good point about the unjust stigma against mental health issues that is still very present in our society. And, most importantly, it shows you that you‘re not alone ❤️.

julesG Bought it the other day. Haven't read it yet. I feel like, when I do, I cannot go back to reading it for the first time. Weird! 11mo
LaLecture @julesG Well that‘s certainly true :D. But you will also have read a wonderful book for the first time :). Looking forward to hearing what you think about it. 11mo
17 likes2 comments
quote
LaLecture

”@ AlRedboots
The hole you‘d leave is bigger than the pain you suffer by being #reasonstostayalive

Can‘t decide if this is encouraging or really sad 🤔

review
Moray_Reads
post image
Pickpick

I feel like I can only review this through adjectives and feelings and that feels right so here are a few:
Brave. Honest. Insightful. Wise. Consoling. Relatable. Helpful. Funny. Compassionate. Kind. Openhearted. Heartbreaking. Heart-healing (why isn't this a word?)

Ddzmini I wish more of this was passed around instead of negative thoughts, videos of bullying, and fighting. This world would be such a better beautiful place with this type of social media 🙏😋😊🙃🙂 11mo
valeriegeary 💙💚💛 11mo
56 likes3 stack adds2 comments
quote
LaLecture

Depression is also...
smaller than you.
Always, it is smaller than you, even when it feels vast. It operates within you, you do not operate within it. It may be a dark cloud passing across the sky, but - if that is the metaphor - you are the sky.
You were there before it. And the cloud can‘t exist without the sky but the sky can exist without the cloud. (p. 175)

quote
LaLecture

I‘m not talking about all that What Doesn‘t Kill You Makes You Stronger stuff. No. That‘s simply not true. What doesn‘t kill you very often makes you weaker. What doesn‘t kill you can leave you limping for the rest of your days. What doesn‘t kill you can make you scared to leave your house, or even your bedroom, and have you trembling, or mumbling incoherently, [...] wishing you could return to the time before the thing that didn‘t kill you. (126)

LaLecture Not the most positive quote from the book 😄 but I agree with him that “What doesn‘t kill you makes you stronger” is not a helpful thing to say, especially not to someone suffering from depression. 11mo
9 likes1 comment
quote
Jazz2
post image

Reggie I read The Humans by him this year and it was sooo good. Welcome to Litsy!!! Hope you like it here. 11mo
18 likes1 comment
quote
LaLecture

Where possible, don‘t make the depressive feel weirder than they already feel. Three days on the sofa? Haven‘t opened the curtains? Crying over difficult decisions like which pair of socks to wear? So what. No biggie. There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet. (p. 121)

quote
LaLecture

If, as Schopenhauer said, “we forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people”, then love - at its best - is a way to reclaim those lost parts of ourselves. That freedom we lost somewhere quite early in childhood. Maybe love is just about finding the person you can be your weird self with. (p. 116)

quote
LaLecture

Minds have their own weather system. You are in a hurricane. Hurricanes run out of energy eventually. Hold on. [...]

Nothing lasts for ever. This pain won‘t last. The pain tells you it will last. Pain lies. Ignore it. Pain is a debt paid off with time.

quote
LaLecture

Things you think during your first panic attack
1. I am going to die. [...]
8. No one has felt his way before. Ever. In the whole of human history. [...]
10. I will never get over this.

Things you think during your 1000th panic attack [...]
2. I‘ve been here before. [...]
5. I‘m not going to die. [...]
10. I will get over this.

quote
LaLecture

A brain is not a toaster. It is complex. It may only weigh a little over a kilo, but it is a kilo that contains a whole lifetime of memories.
[...] It is - like all else - made out of atoms which themselves came into being in stars millions of years ago. Yet more is known about those faraway stars than the processes of our brain, the one item in the whole universe that can think about, well, the universe. [S. 73]

review
BekaReid
Pickpick

Excellent book that I appreciated tremendously with Matt Haig's open discussion of his struggles with depression and anxiety. Definitely recommend!

quote
BekaReid
post image

"I stared at myself in the mirror. I stared at my face until it was not my face."

quote
BekaReid
post image

"There is this idea that you either read to escape or you read to find yourself. I don't really see the difference. We find ourselves through the process of escaping. It is not where we are, but where we want to go"

11 likes1 stack add
blurb
mkinney10
post image

"To be calm becomes a kind of revolutionary act. To me happy with our own nonupgraded existence. To be comfortable with our messy, human selves, would not be good for business."

Reviewsbylola I just finished this one last night! 13mo
mkinney10 @Reviewsbylola I finished just now! What did you think? 13mo
Reviewsbylola I was bored at times. I expected it to be more of a memoir. But I also found it very useful and easy to read and relate to. 13mo
9 likes3 comments
review
Reviewsbylola
post image
Pickpick

Matt Haig lays it all bare as far as the depressive breakdown he suffered 14 years ago, and the depression and anxiety he has suffered from ever since.

I could relate because I also have an anxiety and panic disorder. Currently one of my medications is on backorder, which means I had to stop taking it cold turkey. Im doing pretty well and I‘m taking joy in the little things, like Starbucks holiday drinks!

#booked2018 #mcwithinvisibleillness

TrishB Sending hugs 😘 this book was also really helpful to me as I have someone very close who suffers from depression and anxiety. 13mo
Reviewsbylola Thanks @TrishB ❤️❤️ 13mo
MicheleinPhilly Backorder??? What kind of nonsense is that??? 13mo
See All 15 Comments
Reviewsbylola I know. It‘s really frustrating because wtf are people supposed to do?? Now my pharmacy is saying that the medication is blocked on the manufacturer‘s website so they can‘t even order it. And the medication is buspirone, which is probably pretty often prescribed, I would think. @MicheleinPhilly 13mo
Smrloomis Wow, sorry to hear that. Hope they get it back in soon 😣 13mo
MicheleinPhilly That‘s bizarre. Can you call another pharmacy and maybe transfer your prescription temporarily? 13mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve talked to my doctor about it but unfortunately all the other pharmacies in the area have the same problem. If they happen to have some in stock, it‘s already allocated to others. Luckily my doctor is very communicative and has a back up plan if I need it. @MicheleinPhilly 13mo
LeahBergen Back ordered?? That‘s awful! It‘s not one of the meds that give you bad side effects if you stop taking it abruptly, is it? I suffer from anxiety, too. 13mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m not sure. I‘m on day 3 and I feel good, although I‘ve had some bad times on days 1&2 towards the end of the day. I‘ve only been on this medication two months which that may be a good thing. I know you‘re not supposed to stop SSRIs cold turkey but buspirone/buspar seems like an odd animal. It‘s different than any SSRI I‘ve ever taken before so maybe it‘s easier to go off of? @LeahBergen 13mo
LeahBergen Oh, well that‘s good at least. Stopping the usual SSRIs cold turkey is horrendous (silly me, I tried it 😬). Here‘s hoping you continue to feel okay! 😘😘 13mo
Reviewsbylola 😢😢😢 I‘ve heard horrible things! You must have felt awful. @LeahBergen 13mo
Jas16 Omg. I am so sorry. That is absolutely ridiculous. 13mo
JennyM You take care lovely. Such a fantastic book, and one I most definitely could relate to when the anxiety is high. Xxx😘 13mo
Cinfhen I love your positive attitude - I‘m sure having a wonderful supportive family helps!!! And there is a joy in Starbucks holiday drinks xx 13mo
Mdargusch Those Starbucks drinks sure do make my day better too. Especially when I get that free red cup! Hang in there. 😘 12mo
97 likes3 stack adds15 comments
quote
dariazeoli
post image

To everyone having this human experience ❤️

#WorldMentalHealthDay

review
Arkrayder
post image
Pickpick

This was definitely a brilliant book to read. Coping with depression and anxiety has been part of my life for the last two years and it‘s great to finally read a book that describes how it feels to have these thoughts and fears running through ones head. It‘s an honest account of someone who masterfully describes what it‘s like for depression suffers. And excellent, heartfelt, read.

blurb
April2
post image
22 likes1 stack add
review
Allietaylor16
post image
Pickpick

I absolutely loved this. I‘ve struggled with mental health since I was 16, and I completely connected with this book. Thank you, Matt.

Reviewsbylola This sounds really scary but important. I‘ve never suffered from depression but from debilitating anxiety. 1y
Allietaylor16 @Reviewsbylola Definitely important. I found myself nodding so many times. It‘s part memoir/part tips on how to manage it. I really loved it. 1y
40 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
April2
post image
quote
Ali-Reads
post image

I love this

8 likes1 stack add
quote
LitDrivenGirl
post image

"Read Emily Dickinson. Read Graham Greene. Read Italo Calvino. Read Maya Angelou. Read anything you want. Just read. Books are possibilities. They are Escape Routes. They give you options when you have none. Each one can be a home for an uprooted mind."
I'm home from seeing the newest Purge movie with my sister & decided I couldn't wait another minute to show off the bag I designed for our #24in48 retreat. Inspired by Matt Haig's brilliant book!?

22 likes1 stack add
blurb
LaraReads
post image

“Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being 'round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won't you please, please help me?”

#help #heyjune

LaraReads So much sadness in the world right now. This was all this prompt brought to mind. Please, please ask for HELP! 1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1y
vkois88 💔 1y
Cinfhen So important! Thank you for posting & sharing 💜 1y
GypsyKat Good choice! 💙 And beautiful picture! 😍 1y
53 likes4 comments
quote
MissAnthrope
post image

I hate depression. I am scared of it. Terrified, in fact. But at the same time, it has made me who I am. And if – for me – it is the price of feeling life, it‘s a price always worth paying. I am satisfied just to be.

blurb
hgrimes
post image

My embarrassingly precious cat next to the two books I‘ve finished during my sick week. #catsoflitsy

Viji What is your cat‘s name? 2y
hgrimes @Viji Hufflefluff! 2y
LiteraryinLititz Sorry you were sick, but it looks like you had good company! 😉 (edited) 2y
hgrimes @LiteraryinLititz Y‘know...after some very stressful weeks at work, I‘ve kind of enjoyed being home sick on the couch with the kitties for a few days! Finally starting to feel better today, both physically and mentally. ☺️ 2y
37 likes4 comments
quote
hgrimes
post image

“So, as was so often the case, a big fear was beaten by a bigger fear.”

I often feel this is the only way I‘m able to meander through life and trick people into thinking I‘m a semi-normal, reasonably functional adult.

blurb
hgrimes
post image

Matt Haig‘s memoir was my introduction to his work, and I love this book. It‘s an honest and warming account of living with depression. If you liked “Furiously Happy” and/or “Hyperbole and a Half”, check this one out too! I gave my copy away to a friend in need, so I check it out from the library when I need a reread. Recommending to @julesG @Trashcanman @Rachellynnwright and all other littens here who know the struggle.

AmyG I was just told about this book and looking forward to reading it. 2y
Trashcanman Thank you H, I really appreciate that. I will certainly check it out. Please let me know of any others when as you discover them. 2y
hgrimes @Trashcanman I will, and I‘d love to hear any you find and recommend as well! 2y
See All 7 Comments
julesG I knew this book was around, but I haven't yet put it on my #TBR. Will do so now. Thanks for the recommendation. (the struggle is real at the moment. Feels like I'm Don Quixote and fighting the windmills.) 2y
hgrimes @julesG Hang in there and take care of yourself! It will pass eventually. (big hugs) 2y
julesG Thanks for your words. Just had a phone call that was reasonably positive - I'm supposed to go to rehab (because of my MS, fatigue, etc) starting in 10 days. It's a clinic at the other end of Germany and I just don't know how to handle it. So getting positive feedback from the insurance company is allowing me to breathe right now. 2y
hgrimes @julesG That sounds rough. Hope you get well soon. I‘ll be thinking of you. 2y
27 likes1 stack add7 comments
blurb
AmyG
post image

@Tiffy_Reads Congrats on your insane milestone...wow....and thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

1. For me the best thing about Litsy is the kind and wonderful people...of which you are one. I feel like I have found my “book friends” as I call all of you. You have widened my reading horizons and for that I am so grateful.
1. I‘d love to read the tagged book.

#TiffysMilestoneGiveaway

110 likes1 stack add
quote
saguarosally
post image

This entire book needs a major Trigger Warning label. I tried to read it slowly. Instead it is triggering depression and anxiety to worsening degrees. I don‘t want to quit reading but I should to preserve my mental health.

⚠️ BEWARE: MAY TRIGGER DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY ⚠️

Ddzmini 😖 true and so many people don‘t admit or are not aware of these facts 2y
callielafleur I often struggle with reading things that are triggering. My inclination is to power through, even though it's not the best choice for my mental health. 2y
OrangeMooseReads So much truth in the quote. ... I‘m the same way when reading about depression and anxiety even when they are informational books on the disease. Take care of you and walk away from the book when you need too. ❤️ 2y
See All 7 Comments
mrozzz This is gonna be a heavy one for sure. Power to you for sticking with it. A break is a good idea though. 2y
RebL I am for sure an accidental wallower in my own anxiety and (mild) depression. I‘m experiencing elevated levels lately, but binged a show about alcoholics that seriously bogged me down. I knew better but couldn‘t help myself. 2y
saguarosally @Ddzmini @callielafleur @OrangeMooseReads @mrozzz @rebl Thank you all. I thought triggering from a book was just not going to happen until it did. The author does note that once you‘ve been through it, you know you can get through it. 2y
QuietlyLaura Same here. I'm triggered by reading self-help bookd about Anxiety and Depression. Somehow it just makes me feel worse. 2y
36 likes1 stack add7 comments