Where the Roots Reach for Water: A Personal and Natural

Where the Roots Reach for Water: A Personal and Natural History of Melancholia [EPUB] ✰ Where the Roots Reach for Water: A Personal and Natural History of Melancholia By Jeffery Smith – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Winner of the PEN Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the MemoirJeffery Smith was living in Missoula, Montana, working as a psychiatric case manager when his own clinical depression began Eventually, Winner Roots Reach for Water: PDF or of Roots Reach ePUB ¹ the PEN Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the MemoirJeffery Smith was living in Missoula, Montana, working as a psychiatric case manager when his own clinical depression began Eventually, all his prescribed antidepressant medications proved ineffective Unlike so many personal accounts, Where the Roots Reach for Water tells the story of what happened to Smith after he decided to give them up Trying to learn Where the PDF/EPUB ² how to make a life with his illness, Smith sets out to get at the essence of using the old term for depression melancholiaDeftly woven into his personal history is a natural history of this ancient illness Drawing on centuries of art, writing and medical treatises, Smith finds ancient links between melancholia and spirituality, love and sex, music and philosophy, gardening, and, importantly, our relationship with landscapes.


10 thoughts on “Where the Roots Reach for Water: A Personal and Natural History of Melancholia

  1. Ruth Ruth says:

    This was a pretty good book, the author gives up his meds and tries to co exist with his treatment resistant depression He writes beautifully and describes things in a heart felt way While he does meet a wonderful woman who helps make his life meaningful, the book is not corny and sentimental If he writesbooks, I would definately read them I usually find depressed people depressing and their complaints easy to dismiss This was not the case here, I had real sympathy for him he was no This was a pretty good book, the author gives up his meds and tries to co exist with his treatment resistant depression He writes beautifully and describes things in a heart felt way While he does meet a wonderful woman who helps make his life meaningful, the book is not corny and sentimental If he writesbooks, I would definately read them I usually find depressed people depressing and their complaints easy to dismiss This was not the case here, I had real sympathy for him he was not a whiney, self absorbed, self indulgent child Part of this was his work ethic Also, there was not a complete, wrapped up happy ending, the book just wound down with no real easy answers or solutions


  2. Sjunebug Sjunebug says:

    This is actually one of theuseful books I ve read in the mental health field, but less in a factual way andin a personal way Any doctor or search engine can tell you the facts of depression, millions can tell you what it feels like, but some individuals have unique and counter cultural ways of coping with and conceptualizing their illness Jeffery Smith is an example of this, and if pill popping isn t really your thing, I recommend this book There were times when it was hard to get This is actually one of theuseful books I ve read in the mental health field, but less in a factual way andin a personal way Any doctor or search engine can tell you the facts of depression, millions can tell you what it feels like, but some individuals have unique and counter cultural ways of coping with and conceptualizing their illness Jeffery Smith is an example of this, and if pill popping isn t really your thing, I recommend this book There were times when it was hard to get through but it was worth it More astrology than I m into, but still interesting What I gained from this book wasn t that I need to go off my meds I haven t and I don t plan on it but that I can choose to make peace with depression It has been so much healthier for me to sit with it, look at it, talk to it, and sometimes accommodate it, than to fight it tooth and nail and throw pills at it


  3. Karen Karen says:

    Great book for understanding the human condition of depression.You will love this self revealing and historical look at the saturnine personality


  4. Amber Schley Iragui Amber Schley Iragui says:

    I really enjoyed this book getting through the first 100 pages was hard as predicted but definitely worth it A simple, honest, detailed narrative of the author s triumph over melancholia.


  5. Lisa Wendell Lisa Wendell says:

    I alternately enjoyed this book and hated it depending on the chapter Smith s work is a complicated, not particularly cohesive mash up of the philosophical, religious, and psychological origins and definitions of and about depression melancholia with his own excruciatingly detailed memoir of suffering He s a good writer, clearly capable of creating both lyrical, overly long winded descriptions of various environmental landscapes in particular the lush Appalachian geography where he was I alternately enjoyed this book and hated it depending on the chapter Smith s work is a complicated, not particularly cohesive mash up of the philosophical, religious, and psychological origins and definitions of and about depression melancholia with his own excruciatingly detailed memoir of suffering He s a good writer, clearly capable of creating both lyrical, overly long winded descriptions of various environmental landscapes in particular the lush Appalachian geography where he was raised along with a school girl s diary like day by day account of how his own mood disorder came to shape and reorder his life The chapters about melancholia are fascinating, as is much of the material about his own interpretive insight into the disease of depression through the lens of his personal struggle Unfortunately, at various points when Smith should have left well enough alone, he drops into the banal, seeming to lose his hold on the subject entirely as he elucidates the innumerable, needless, boring details of a developing relationship with both his eventual wife.and yes sigh his new found rebirth in god s love I was so disappointed After an almost surgical examination of philosophy, psychology and even scientific developments in the treatment of depression, Smith, seems to take the mainstream simplest way out of his existential dilemma He finds respite in accepting his depression by rediscovering the Jesus of his Appalachian Christian youth and by forging a deep and for him heretofore unknown commitment to his stunningly intelligent, kind, patient, caring, compassionate loving, understanding, empathetic partner Have I mentioned yet how lovely and kind she was Praise be to the Lord.I was very taken with his study of the melancholic personality, the idea of finding ways to live with and accept one s own depressive nature and introverted core traits ideas that make extraordinary rational and spiritual sense , as well as with his explanation of how evolutionary psychology frames and defines depression as something other, perhaps larger than, a psychiatric disorder But these enlightening sections were ultimately overwhelmed by an almost unhinged swing from an intellectual essayist s observations to the private journal entries of an overgrown, slightly misfit adolescent boy with a puppy love crush on a schoolmate Probably, Smith should have written two books one an historical look at melancholia and the other a memoir His attempt to combine both simultaneously was a distraction for the reader and sadly, diminished the overall significance of the attempt


  6. Dawn Dawn says:

    Very good about melancholy and the various roots and uses of depression I liked his personal story because it was very honest He did not sugar coat his mistakes, his failings, his weaknesses, or try to give excuses or justifications If you suffer from melancholy, this is a good read Take care if buying or recommending for someone else This author chooses to stop taking antidepressants in order to embrace and exist alongside his melancholy tendencies He has the support and personal relation Very good about melancholy and the various roots and uses of depression I liked his personal story because it was very honest He did not sugar coat his mistakes, his failings, his weaknesses, or try to give excuses or justifications If you suffer from melancholy, this is a good read Take care if buying or recommending for someone else This author chooses to stop taking antidepressants in order to embrace and exist alongside his melancholy tendencies He has the support and personal relationship with a holistic physician who monitors and suggests alternative therapies For him, someone with alow grade, chronic condition, being monitored by a professional, this seems to work Some people should NOT take that road


  7. Margo Solod Margo Solod says:

    i wanted to really like this book i did want to but it was way too spotty i found the history of melancholia fascinating well researched and written but smith s personal story he interspersed with his research was not as interesting, or as well written in fact, i found myself skimming his personal memoir too bad.


  8. Erica Erica says:

    How to live WITH depression, rather than fighting it The natural history includes neurobiological research and speculation about the disease s evolutionary purpose Smith draws on mythology, anthropology and our relationship to natural landscapes.


  9. Nastya Gallagher Nastya Gallagher says:

    This book is phenomenal A must read for anyone with depression mental illness or interested in it NEED TO ADD to my library Kelsey, looks like that 11 paged analysis is going to turn into 15 Steel yourself against the inevitable.


  10. Jeff Jeff says:

    I loved this book Very well written, and helps those who don t deal with depression understand better Surprisingly, given the subject matter, it s a hopeful and encouraging book.


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