David’s Inferno combines intensely personal reminiscences of a two-year nervous breakdown with contemporary insights on how manic-depression manifests and how it is diagnosed and treated. Author David Blistein shares his experiences to shed light on the darkness of depression for fellow travelers as well as those who care about them.
Millions of people suffer from major depressive episodes. All of them want relief but, more importantly, most simply want to know that they are not alone. With gentle wry humor and a compassionate tone, David’s Inferno offers a tale of realization, acceptance, and hope. It is neither prescriptive nor opinionated, seeing all forms of therapy as potentially beneficial in the continuum of care.
David’s Inferno is also an ideal book for friends and family of those suffering from depression, helping them to better understand what their loved ones are experiencing.
What people are saying about David’s Inferno:
“… a searingly honest and deeply researched account of a mysterious and pervasive illness… This is a wonderful and important book.” —Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies
“David’s Inferno, with its wit and thoughtfulness, is a gift to be cherished.” —Robert Stone, winner of National Book Award for Dog Soldiers and Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Bear and His Daughters
“Warm and compassionate, often hilarious, and full of hope and encouragement…” —Caroline Carr, author of Living with Depression: How to Cope When Your Partner is Depressed
DAVID BLISTEIN is a novelist, essayist, and former advertising agency executive whose writing is the culmination of a lifelong pursuit of wisdom, transcendence, and humor. After a long career as a copywriter and advertising executive, he left the business world to travel the country in a VW van and pursue his own writing. His works-in-progress include books and blogs that present unconventional perspectives on nature, psychology, spirituality and writing. He lives with his wife Wendy O’Connell in Southern Vermont, where he balances his writing with professional consulting, serious road biking, intrepid wood-splitting, and working with children in the Vermont court system. For more information, see www.davidblistein.com.
KEN BURNS has produced and directed some of the most celebrated documentaries ever made, including “The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz,” and “The War.” His films have won twelve Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations. In 2008, he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
David’s Inferno: My Journey Through the Dark Wood of Depression
Written by DAVID BLISTEIN
Foreword by KEN BURNS
Published by HATHERLEIGH PRESS.
Distributed by RANDOM HOUSE.
Available where books and eBooks are sold.