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A little background on me, because I think sometimes people wonder why certain books resonate with others My masters degree in in clinical psychology, and much of my research in both undergrad and grad school centered around cross cultural education for mental health service providers So I have an academic if not professional, since I never got licensed and have never practiced interest in the topic at hand, but also a personal one It doesn t come up much here, but I ve been fairly open over the years about my own experiences with depression, being in therapy, being medicated, etc And if you haven t heard me talk about it hi ask my about my experience with mental health care So I usually jump at the chance to review books that touch on things like this, and Shadows in the Sun was certainly an excellent one to pick The author shares her at time heartbreaking struggle with her own depression and anxiety, gone diagnosed for so long, with so many people in her life telling her to just shake it off, get over it, stop being so emotional, etc It s hard to read sometimes because you know that she desperately needs better help than she s getting Gayathri doesn t shy away from showing the real toll that depression takes on a person.This book is very well written and engaging The descriptions are vivid, and you can imagine sitting around her family s table in India, being at her wedding, experiencing America for the first time, etc She writes beautifully, and really pulls you into her story, her state of mind, her suffering as she tried to deal with her condition Dealing with mental illness in the first place is difficult, but even so when you throw in different cultural norms and expectations into the mix, and the author handles making that balance clear very well I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting, true look at both mental illness and cultural differences. [[ Download ]] ↶ Shadows in the Sun ✔ Everyone Who Struggles With A Mental Illness, Or Who Knows Anyone With Depression, Anxiety, Or Any Other Mental Illness, Must Read This Engrossing True Story Of Courage In The Face Of Heartbreaking Adversity Dilip V Jeste, MD, President, American Psychiatric AssociationAs A Young Girl In Bangalore, Gayathri Was Surrounded By The Fragrance Of Jasmine And Flickering Oil Lamps, Her Family Protected By Hindu Gods And Goddesses But As She Grew Older, Demons Came Forth From The Dark Corners Of Her Idyllic Kingdom With The Scariest Creatures Lurking Within HerThe Daughter Of A Respected Brahmin Family, Gayathri Began To Feel Different I Can Hardly Eat, Sleep, Or Think Straight The Only Thing I Can Do Is Cry Unending Tears Her Parents Insisted It Was All In Her Head Because Traditional Indian Culture Had No Concept Of Depression As An Illness, No Doctor Could Diagnose And No Medicine Could Heal Her Mysterious MaladyThis Memoir Traces Gayathri S Courageous Battle With The Depression That Consumed Her From Adolescence Through Marriage And A Move To The United States It Was Only After The Birth Of Her First Child, When Her Husband Discovered Her In The Backyard Clawing The Earth Furiously With My Bare Hands, Intent On Digging A Grave So That I Could Bury Myself Alive That She Finally Found Help After A Stay In A Psych Ward She Eventually Found The Light Within, An Emotional And Spiritual Awakening From The Darkness Of Her Tortured MindGayathri S Inspiring Story Provides A First Of Its Kind Cross Cultural View Of Mental Illness How It Is Regarded In India And In America, And How She Drew On Both Her Rich Hindu Heritage And Western Medicine To Find Healing I had the good luck to have met Gayathri Ramprasad at a training she did here in Portland a while back She is an eloquent, engaging speaker and an amazingly bright and industrious person The work she does for the community is incredible I had a hard time imagining her ever having suffered from mental illness, much less being completely debilitated by it After reading the first few chapters of this, I had to put it down Not because it was poorly written it s not, and her descriptions of her home in India are vivid to the point you can taste the food and smell the jasmine but because of how close to home it was for me As a mental health clinician with my own struggles with bipolar depression and PTSD, I just wasn t in the right place for it It mirrored too much of my own feelings of hopelessness But I picked it back up after running out of other things to read, and am glad I did There is a lot of sadness and suffering to get through, and if I didn t already know that she made it out on the other side, I might not have stuck with it this time around either In the end, it was an inspiration to me, and I think would be an inspiration to anyone else who suffers from depression, or has a loved one who does Gayathri is a testament not only to the fact that depression isn t dependent on what you have or don t have in life she mentions multiple times that she feels guilty for having a perfect life and not being able to enjoy it , but that there is hope for recovery I m glad I didn t give up on this, but importantly, I m glad Gayathri never gave up. I almost didn t finish this book It was dark and depressing for far too long But every time I thought about delving into a light hearted read, this found it s way into my hands instead The last 2 paragraphs made it 100% worth reading In a life filled with love and light, from time to time, my moods continue to cast shadows in the Sun But I no longer curse the shadows, for they have become my greatest teachers Depression in no longer a demon I dread, but a teacher whose wisdom I seek Although depression has caused a great deal of pain and suffering in my life, it has also blessed me with many gifts It has taught me the power of love to heal all wounds, the fragility of life, and the invincible resiliency of the human spirit Most of all, it has taught me not to fear the darkness in our lives For it is in our darkest hour that we discover the light within the light of love, wisdom, courage and compassion Awesome quote, right Maybe you don t need to read the book haha As a second generation Indian American woman with depression, I definitely resonated with the way the author described her relatives reacting to her illness the stigma surrounding it I wish she had dug a little deeper and that there wasn t so much exposition about her daily life. 4.5 5 The title of this book can be a bit off putting, because it appears to be a self help book I got a few odd looks when I was reading it But don t let that turn you away from it It s a fascinating memoir of one woman s struggle with mental illness and social stigma I learned a lot from this book about Indian culture, human nature, relationships, and yes, depression It was very emotionally moving and a good reminder that you can never know what another person is going through Highly recommend. This ebook was free when I downloaded it to my Nook library from Barnes and Noble It is a creative nonfiction type of memoir because the author must fill in her memories, lost to ECT shock treatment for her depression, with stories told by her family members.I recommend it to readers who want to understand behaviors of others who need better mental health treatments. one of the best books i have ever read