Hide & Seek: How I Laughed at Depression, Conquered My Fears and Found Happiness

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9781601641588: Hide & Seek: How I Laughed at Depression, Conquered My Fears and Found Happiness

Hilarious and refreshingly honest, this chronicle of a year-long journey of self-exploration and self-help offers solace and solidarity to the myriad sufferers of clinical depression and anxiety disorders. A far cry from the typical self-help manual, this wry and subversive account is leavened with a healthy dose of humble pie and a keen sense of the absurd. As the author navigates a series of self-help classes designed to raise her self-esteem, make her more assertive, help her find a man, lose weight, channel her creativity, and get her "energy centers" realigned, the reader will be moved and inspired by her pluck. Tackling important issues like familial dysfunction, letting go of blame and resentment, and battling negative thinking, this memoir shows it's possible to recover one's self worth without losing one's sense of humor.

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About the Author:

Wendy Aron is a television writer, journalist, and dramatist. She was a writer for the hit sitcom, Family Ties; had plays produced by Break-a-leg productions; and has been published in The New York Times and Newsweek. She lives in Oceanside, New York.

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"A hysterically funny account of one woman’s quest for happiness. This engrossing, thoroughly entertaining memoir offers . . . an inspiring personal story of recovery that will resonate with women of all ages and situations."  —Booklist



"Wendy's writing shines as the story of her inner turmoil and emotional difficulties unfolds."  —Howard D. Trachtman, cofounder, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Greater Boston Consumer Advocacy Network

"[Wendy Aron] makes her readers laugh—at the world of self-improvement education, at spiritual gurus, and at ourselves. Learning how to cope with hopelessness has never been so fun. . . .  Aron serves herself up as an inspiration, made easy to swallow with a good laugh."  —ForeWord Magazine

"Sparing no one—especially herself—Aron delivers a no-holds-barred tour through the depressive's circles of hell, from childhood mortifications to self-esteem workshops. Writing with warmth, candor, and a quick wit, Aron reminds readers that we can survive anything, even ourselves."  —Jennifer Traig, author, Devil in the Details and Well Enough Alone



"For anyone who's ever been depressed, who's ever been in (and out of) therapy, or who may one day contemplate the arduous path of what we loosely refer to as mental health, this is a wonderfully intimate, honest, witty, and inspiring book."  —Joseph J. Luciani, PhD, author, Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety & Depression

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