A Way Out: A Memoir of Conquering Depression and Social Anxiety by Michelle BalgeA Way Out: A Memoir of Conquering Depression and Social Anxiety by Michelle Balge

A Way Out: A Memoir of Conquering Depression and Social Anxiety

byMichelle Balge

Paperback | February 27, 2018

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What do you do when you're trapped in your mind? When you can't escape the feelings of depression and fear?

A Way Out gives a raw, unfiltered look into the life and thoughts of a young woman, Michelle, experiencing severe depression and social anxiety. Social anxiety plagued her since her early youth, hindering her most as a young adult. She began having suicidal thoughts in her early teens but didn't perceive them as being abnormal. This eventually evolved into a deep depression. Her social anxiety and depression fueled each other, creating a grave cycle of negative thoughts.

Michelle is able to share her experiences in a way that allows others to go along for the ride with her: the highs, the lows, and the amusingly unexpected. It artfully conveys Michelle's journey through mental illness and toward mental health. Beyond the haunting honesty, A Way Out delivers heart, humour, and hope

Title:A Way Out: A Memoir of Conquering Depression and Social AnxietyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:202 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.46 inPublished:February 27, 2018Publisher:Michelle BalgeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1775094219

ISBN - 13:9781775094210


Editorial Reviews

"As a fellow sufferer of mental illness, I related to so many parts of Michelle's story. Her suffering was deeply felt as was her perseverance to get well and conquer her illness. Great insight on how this affects family members and loved ones. Anybody that does not understand mental illness should read this book as it gives a clear understanding of how painful and debilitating it is."--Clint Malarchuk, former NHL goaltender, author of The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond"I recommend this honest, uplifting, heartbreaking, and hilarious book to anyone who is struggling, anyone who has overcome challenges, and anyone who wants to better understand a compassionate approach to mental illness and raise their own awareness of mental health--so I recommend this book to all of us."--Rebecca Gibson, founder of Orange Daisy Project (supporting teen girls' mental health)"Michelle takes you on a journey of highs and lows as she deals with depression, social anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Her struggles pave a path for anyone struggling to see hope and to realize, as she says, "You can do this." Michelle reveals in detail her continual battle with depression and its effect on friends and family. A must-read for anyone struggling or wanting to know more about mental illness."--Kevin R. Briggs, Sergeant, California Highway Patrol (Ret.), author of Guardian of the Golden Gate: Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair"Michelle Balge cares about her readers, and shares her darkest moments in the hopes that others will feel validated and understood. Her journey, though a difficult one, is troublingly common as depression and anxiety are on the rise, but it's inspiring to know she found her way back to a good life."--Jessica Holmes, comedian, author of I Love Your Laugh and Depression The Comedy"A Way Out is an honest, compassionate, and informative story of one young woman's struggle with severe depression and social anxiety. The writer reveals a candid and honest recollection of her experience with mental illness. This courageous mental health advocate has written a powerful memoir that empowers its readers, making them feel they are not alone in their struggles."--Numila Parker, MSW, Parents For Children's Mental Health