Your favorite book?

Discussion in 'Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings' started by bluegrey, Aug 16, 2008.

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  1. bluegrey

    bluegrey Antiquities Friend

    I've been in a paralyzing agitated depression for almost two years. I have many other problems especially a terrible case of OCD and with the depression I've been overwhelmed and in despair. I feel hopeless but I have read some very touching things from other SFers that have stuck with me and are helping me see that suicide does not, sooner or later, have to be the way I leave the world.

    I am probably going into the hospital early September for inpatient ECT and medication adjustments. I would love to know what books have given some of you invaluable insights. Is there a book that helped you turn your pain into a positive and an opportunity to become stronger or more peaceful, even happy again. I would be very grateful if you can share your favorite book with me so I could maybe get it and read it while in the hospital.
  2. HappyAZaClaM

    HappyAZaClaM Guest

    Dialouges of the Dead by Reginald Hill. it has nothing to do with depression,
    or suicide or anything like that. it is merely a british murder mystery/police procedural
    fictional novel by an excellent brilliant author who is funny as hell at times. I
    have read every book he has written. there. a suggestion :)
  3. Stranger1

    Stranger1 Forum Buddy & Antiquities Friend

    I like Webb Griffin-any of his series. And I like Tom Clancey-also any of his series of books. Both of these authurs can keep you inthralled in the books. I don't know what kind of reading material you like??
  4. Angel_Dawn

    Angel_Dawn Well-Known Member

    I LOVE Stephen King, The Dark Towers Series would keep you busy for some time, there are seven books in total. :) Take a journey with Roland, you might even forget where you are, I know I do.

  5. odnox

    odnox Well-Known Member

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  6. EmptyLife

    EmptyLife Well-Known Member

    Good luck with your ECT. I have strongly considered it myself, since it's the only option left, yet it just doesn't seem appropriate in my case. I'd like to hear how it goes.
  7. middleofnowhere

    middleofnowhere Well-Known Member

    My favorite in the near past is The Shack (Don Miller?). Another is about perfectionism: Never Good Enough by Monica Ramirez Basco.
  8. bhawk

    bhawk Well-Known Member

    anything by robert anton wilson, especially quantum psychology.
    also the riverworld series by phillip jose farmer, its a book you can totally lose track of reality in!
  9. bluegrey

    bluegrey Antiquities Friend

    I have subscriptions to science and bicycling magazines and I usually only read reference type books not much fiction but I did love the novels Ironweed by William Kennedy and Housekeeping by Marylin Robinson.

    In my most painful moments I have been repeating to myself one line I read on this forum; it is up to ourselves to face our problems and grow from them. I've been facing my problems but they have yet only pounded my nerves raw and brought me to a level of despair where I can't stand even being awake. Can I "grow from them". Is there a different slant I can view my psychiatric illnesses from so can I turn my hopelessness into an opportunity to grow?

    Thank you all for your suggestions. What I am looking for is something that helped you personally, profoundly change the cognitive distortions which lead to depression and what words from what book gave you strength and hope. I've surrendered to committing suicide in the near future and been trying to prepare family and friends. I feel I am only getting the ECT (it worked very well in the past- my body doesn't tolerate medications very well) to leave the world in peace before everything goes bad again.

    When I'm with my girlfriend, we've been together nineteen years, she's so fragile and has OCD and depression too, it rekindles my will to keep trying even if it has to be in misery. Maybe there is a way to be at peace with misery? I don't want harm to come to anyone who loves me but it is especially her!
  10. Esmeralda

    Esmeralda Well-Known Member

    Read Sati by Christopher Pike if you can find it. You may only be able to get it off the web now. It's about a 23-year-old girl who thinks she's God. It has a lot of wonderful insight and I love re-reading it over and over again :)
  11. Esmeralda

    Esmeralda Well-Known Member

    Also, the Way of the Peaceful Warrior is just great and also has some very valuable and life-affirming insights.
  12. fromthatshow

    fromthatshow Staff Alumni

    Probably Walden by Henry David Thoreau.

    And The Bible, but everyone's heard of that already.
  13. Acy

    Acy Mama Bear - TLC, Common Sense Staff Member Safety & Support

    Life After God (by Douglas Coupland) made me smile, laugh, and cry - it was a very satisfying book. It was about "life", "god", "faith", "love".

    Everything I Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten (can't remember author's name) is an oldie but goodie - cute, funny, and sentimental .

    Huckleberry Finn
    and Tom Sawyer (by Mark Twain) are both very insightful books about human nature (in general), and about human dealings/relations during the era in which Twain wrote them. Good stories.

    The Dog Who Wouldn't Be
    (by Farley Mowatt) is a funny story about a family and their dog - it's just darn good fun.

    (I have loads of other favorites...Send me a PM if you'd like more titles, or some of the darker works.)

    All the best to you!
  14. fromthatshow

    fromthatshow Staff Alumni

    Oh I'll definitely have to read this. It's so true :laugh:
  15. Ginko

    Ginko Member

    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami. Extremely surreal and mundane its like being in a waking dream.
  16. DrowningInTears

    DrowningInTears Well-Known Member

    too worn out to read, to do anything, i want to die
  17. rojomi

    rojomi Banned Member

    Giovanni's Room-James Baldwin
  18. bluegrey

    bluegrey Antiquities Friend

    Thank you this :arms: much everyone I'm very grateful. I've written a list and I'm taking it to Barnes and Noble books.

    By the way, rojomi, I LOVE your avatar. I crack up every time I see it!
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