The Hilarious World of Depression
For years John Moe, critically-acclaimed public radio personality and host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, struggled with depression; it plagued his family and claimed the life of his brother in 2007. As Moe came to terms with his own illness, he began to see similar patterns of behavior and coping mechanisms surfacing in conversations with others, including high-profile comedians who'd struggled with the disease. Moe saw that there was tremendous comfort and community in open dialogue about these shared experiences and that humor had a unique power. Thus was born the podcast The Hilarious World of Depression.Inspired by the immediate success of the podcast, Moe has written a remarkable investigation of the disease, part memoir of his own journey, part treasure trove of laugh-out-loud stories and insights drawn from years of interviews with some of the most brilliant minds facing similar challenges. Throughout the course of this powerful narrative, depression's universal themes come to light, among them, struggles with identity, lack of understanding of the symptoms, the challenges of work-life, self-medicating, the fallout of the disease in the lives of our loved ones, the tragedy of suicide, and the hereditary aspects of the disease.The Hilarious World of Depression illuminates depression in an entirely fresh and inspiring way.

The Hilarious World of Depression Details

TitleThe Hilarious World of Depression
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 5th, 2020
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250209283
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Health, Mental Health, Autobiography, Memoir, Self Help

The Hilarious World of Depression Review

  • Danielle Prielipp
    January 1, 1970
    This is a book everyone should read, regardless of whether they’ve listened to THWoD podcast. It has the potential to help normies have some empathy for the saddies and to remind the saddies (like me) that they are not alone in this.
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I’m going to be honest this book was nothing like I had assumed it was going to be, but I loved it more than I could have imagined. I’ve never listened to the podcast because, well, I’m like the one weirdo in the world who just doesn’t enjoy podcasts. So I assumed this was going to be a book with a lot of levity.It definitely had at its moments of humor and I appreciated all of them, but at its core this is a great book about what it’s really like to struggle with your mental health. Part memoir I’m going to be honest this book was nothing like I had assumed it was going to be, but I loved it more than I could have imagined. I’ve never listened to the podcast because, well, I’m like the one weirdo in the world who just doesn’t enjoy podcasts. So I assumed this was going to be a book with a lot of levity.It definitely had at its moments of humor and I appreciated all of them, but at its core this is a great book about what it’s really like to struggle with your mental health. Part memoir and part anecdotes from those Moe has interviewed, this is the story we all really need right now.There were so many times in this book that I would read a passage and have to reread it again because, as someone who struggles with my mental health, I felt so seen. I highly recommend this one whether you struggle with your mental health or not. There is so much insight here and I feel we can all benefit from Moe’s honest, raw and occasionally humorous experiences.I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe is a book that hit close to home for me. Fellow saddies where you at? I could relate to a lot of the things John discusses in this book and I really appreciated how honest he was about his feelings growing up with depression, navigating his career and dealing with his brother’s suicide. Throughout the book are these snippets of hilarious sarcastic wit that shine to make this book not a complete downer to read. Honestly I read this one quite slowly no The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe is a book that hit close to home for me. Fellow saddies where you at? I could relate to a lot of the things John discusses in this book and I really appreciated how honest he was about his feelings growing up with depression, navigating his career and dealing with his brother’s suicide. Throughout the book are these snippets of hilarious sarcastic wit that shine to make this book not a complete downer to read. Honestly I read this one quite slowly not because I didn’t like it which is normally the case when I read books slowly but because the issues are so intense and especially during this difficult time in the world I don’t think my saddie self could handle it all at once. I recommend this book to all the saddies out there who need some reassurance that you are not alone in your feelings and to all the normies to get a glimpse of what we saddies have to deal with every single day.
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  • June
    January 1, 1970
    John Moe is hilarious. Check out his "Pop Song Correspondences" on McSweeney's or his Twitter account. This book, though, isn't so much hilarious as wry and moving. It's a memoir of his lifelong battle with depression and trauma. For those not up for dealing with talk of suicide, there is plenty of that as he discusses his own suicidal ideation and his brother's death. I don't think I've ever highlighted so much in my Kindle. The observations about what life with depression is like are profound. John Moe is hilarious. Check out his "Pop Song Correspondences" on McSweeney's or his Twitter account. This book, though, isn't so much hilarious as wry and moving. It's a memoir of his lifelong battle with depression and trauma. For those not up for dealing with talk of suicide, there is plenty of that as he discusses his own suicidal ideation and his brother's death. I don't think I've ever highlighted so much in my Kindle. The observations about what life with depression is like are profound. He identifies so many ways in which, in retrospect, depression was limiting his life or changing his reality. If you know or suspect you might have depression, or love someone who does, this book is a great resource for finding the words to discuss the often-taboo subjects related to mental illness.Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a digital ARC for the purpose of an unbiased review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    DNF for me @ 42%.. I really thought this was going to be a different read. I just couldn't get into it. If I say I couldn't relate because I haven't been clinically depressed then I sound like I can't empathize, but I have known many people close to me who have struggled with this. I just didn't find anything funny. However based on other reviews I have read, people are really enjoying this so I wouldn't count it out. I also had never heard of the Podcast, The Hilarious World of Depression so ma DNF for me @ 42%.. I really thought this was going to be a different read. I just couldn't get into it. If I say I couldn't relate because I haven't been clinically depressed then I sound like I can't empathize, but I have known many people close to me who have struggled with this. I just didn't find anything funny. However based on other reviews I have read, people are really enjoying this so I wouldn't count it out. I also had never heard of the Podcast, The Hilarious World of Depression so maybe that was part of it, I had never heard of the author and didn't connect with him. Special Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Miss R
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.If you have not suffered from depression, or do not know someone who has, you may not understand how the words 'hilarious' and 'depression' could be used in the same sentence. However, after reading this book, you may realise that 'The Hilarious World of Depression', is, undoubtedly, a highly appropriate title for Moe's incisive exploration of mental illness. Of course, there is nothing funny about mental illne Thanks to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.If you have not suffered from depression, or do not know someone who has, you may not understand how the words 'hilarious' and 'depression' could be used in the same sentence. However, after reading this book, you may realise that 'The Hilarious World of Depression', is, undoubtedly, a highly appropriate title for Moe's incisive exploration of mental illness. Of course, there is nothing funny about mental illness per se, Yet, on the other hand, there is something otherworldly, slightly farcical and yes - something humorous about depression. It can be inspirational fodder for the most glorious comical skit, a coping mechanism, or a way of rationalising, in hindsight, the irrational. actions of the depressive. If you have experienced depression then Moe's colourful, laugh-out-loud stories will resonate. I know they did with me. More importantly, Moe reminded me that I am not alone. It is one thing to know this on a rational level and quite another to feel it. Depression is inherently lonely, but Moe somehow manages to bind the experiences of the individual to a whole community of... well, sufferers is not the right word... survivors? Undoubtedly. The people you will encounter in this book are exceptional - often high-achievers, which makes depression a two-sides-of-the-coin type of illness. It can be highly debilitating, yet equally, a source of inspiration and striving. Depression is often intrinsic to one's personality, and this is sometimes no bad thing. Not everyone survives the all-pervading tentacles of depression, however, yet not everyone survives cancer, or heart disease, but that does not mean we should not strive for something better. Better understanding, better treatment, and most importantly, an inclusive conversation that shatters once and for all the silent, taboo subject of depression. We are getting there. Moe's candid, multi-layered approach to the subject that also considers lack of understanding of the symptoms, the challenges of work-life, self-medicating, the fallout of the disease in the lives of our loved ones, the tragedy of suicide, and the hereditary aspects of the disease, is an important thread in our much needed conversation about depression. Indeed, if you only read one book about depression then make sure it is John Moe's 'The Hilarious World of Depression'. My book of the year so far.
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  • Cassidee Lanstra
    January 1, 1970
    “Depression is formless, colorless, and odorless, and doesn’t show up on medical imaging.”See all of those bookmarks? The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe was a delight to read. He makes a point early on to say that he hopes that this book helps people, that they highlight or bookmark and I certainly did that. 4.5/5 stars for me. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me a copy to review. For those of you who are into podcasts, the author is actually a host of a podcast under the s “Depression is formless, colorless, and odorless, and doesn’t show up on medical imaging.”See all of those bookmarks? The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe was a delight to read. He makes a point early on to say that he hopes that this book helps people, that they highlight or bookmark and I certainly did that. 4.5/5 stars for me. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me a copy to review. For those of you who are into podcasts, the author is actually a host of a podcast under the same name, which discusses depression with a bit of a comedic take.First let me say, as someone who most certainly deals with depression, but has been too embarrassed to ever get screened for it… this book was extremely relatable. I felt as if John Moe plucked thoughts from my head. The more I read this book, the more I am convinced that there will come a point where I have to deal with it. He talks about how people with depression often think that if you are able to stop from getting worse, that you’ll be fine. No need for treatment, therapy, but also no improvement mentally. You become a standstill of numbness. He says often, we think the next big achievement in our life will make our depressive thoughts go away and then it follows us, and we think, “if I could only get to THIS POINT, I would be so much happier.” Then you get to that point and you’re not happier. That isn’t your fault, you’re not just pessimistic or an overachiever. You’re probably depressed or at least suffering mentally.With such clarity and honesty, Moe talks about his journey of dealing with the idea of death. It started out as not wanting to be alive, but not actually wanting to kill himself. As his mental state worsens, he talks about contemplating killings himself and how he would do it. It might have been half serious, he might not have ever gone through with it, but that act itself is a cry for help in your own mind. If you think of how you would kill yourself in the most efficient way, that’s not a normal thing people think about when mentally stable. He even talks about his anger and guilt when his brother actually does kill himself in a manner that Moe felt like his previous writings may have influenced. People that commit suicide are people that have fallen to their illness. If someone dies from cancer, we say that their cancer killed them. When people kill themselves, others are angry or confused, like how could they have done that? How selfish? We don’t say, “their depression killed them” or “they fell prey to their illness” when it IS an illness. Moe drives this point home.“Trauma is a wolf and your mind is a house and it’s like, “Oh, I’m safe from that wild because I trapped it in my house before it could hurt me.” But then a while later, it’s “Oh no! What happened to my house? My furniture is shredded and there’s wolf poop everywhere! How did that happen? Oh hey, I’m being mauled.”What I love about this book is that it is so quotable. Moe talks in metaphors and through his experiences, because when it comes to depression, that’s what we’ve got. He teaches us through his traumas, through his reaction to them. He doesn’t paint himself better than he was or is, he talks about mistakes, moments of rage, moments of hilarity. He relates his comedic streak and self-deprecation to his depression, which is something not talked about enough. A lot of people hide mental insecurities and instability through humor. This is obviously a mask, a way to keep people from seeing the turmoil that lies underneath, but it made me really ponder… if we screened every comedian for depression, I wonder how high the statistics would favor positive for depression? Moe prods at this topic throughout his book and brought that question forth in my mind.There was a part in this book that really stood out to me. I think we all know teachers have enough on their plates, we unfairly expect them to teach our kids EVERYTHING. So, I’m not pinning this on them and I don’t think THEY failed us, especially since they are following the curriculum that higher ups provide for them. Anyway, Moe talks about during his health classes, how depression or mental health was never brought up. I can relate to that, our health class was no more than a week block in a classroom near our PE class, and lightly covered STDs and the food pyramid. Now, it is definitely a parent’s job to teach all of this stuff. Sex Ed, proper nutrition, healthy ways to deal with mental health issues but if we are going to include health into the curriculum, it should include mental AND physical, as they’re equally important to our wellbeing. As a society, we do not prioritize mental health. We all fail each other when we view depression as taboo to speak about. My earlier mention of being embarrassed to be screened for depression is proof of that. Why am I embarrassed? Probably because I’ve been conditioned to think that way. It isn’t acceptable to succumb to your mental health even during tragedies, it seems. In college, there’s professors that don’t even view family death as an excuse to be late on an assignment. We are just taught throughout our lives that we need to be strong at all times, we live through war and watching death on the television. We saw people DIE on a live broadcast during 9/11 and we are all just supposed to be okay. We are supposed to happy all the time even though for generations now, we have lived with the threat of nuclear warfare hanging over our heads, which is something I never thought about until John Moe mentioned. I look around and I can say that there’s a pretty equal amount of mentally distressed and mentally healthy people in my life. Thankfully due to books and podcasts like this, our conversation is starting to turn to more acceptance and honesty in relation to mental instability even though we have a long way to go.I get that this review has turned more into a think piece, but that’s what a good book should make you do. Honestly, I probably covered about 4 out of 20 highlights in a book that’s under 300 pages. I can’t quote every relatable thing he said. Well, I could but then I’d just be relaying the entire book to you when you should just read it for yourself. So here’s a long story short: John Moe takes a topic that is… well, depressing (because yes, talking about depression IS often as depressing and draining as it is therapeutic) and he makes it not seem like a chore. He brings laughter and moments of camaraderie to his writing. He makes you feel seen because of his own experiences and vocalization of those experiences and the thoughts that stem from them. Pick up this book if you suffer from depression or if you have a loved one that does, it is amazingly easy to read. It comes out May 5th!
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    As someone who struggles with depression, I always find it helpful to read other people's accounts of how they're living with the condition. And if the story can be told with a little humor, that's even better. John Moe, creator of the podcast with the same name, offers a book that's a little different from what I was expecting. It's written almost in the form of a memoir where he writes about his own experience growing up with depression, his suicidal thoughts and urges that developed in adulth As someone who struggles with depression, I always find it helpful to read other people's accounts of how they're living with the condition. And if the story can be told with a little humor, that's even better. John Moe, creator of the podcast with the same name, offers a book that's a little different from what I was expecting. It's written almost in the form of a memoir where he writes about his own experience growing up with depression, his suicidal thoughts and urges that developed in adulthood, and how other members of his family struggled with mental illness. Moe is able to express perfectly the despair that's present for people he deems 'saddies.' I related to so much of his descriptions of how depression can affect day-to-day life and how it can hinder your plans for the future. Because Moe's podcast focuses on interviewing celebrities about their own depression, I was expecting more of these other stories from a variety of people (including a lot of comedians who face their diagnosis with a sense of humor). Although Moe includes some, the majority of the book is related to his personal life. The sections devoted to his career were a little less interesting to me, but overall, I think Moe does a commendable job getting down to the gritty details of how his depression informs his thought processes and behaviors. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has depression and needs help reframing (especially with humor and humility) and for anyone with loved ones who have depression - this book will likely create a lot of empathy instead of judgment.*Free ARC provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Kim Fox
    January 1, 1970
    You are never too old to learn and this book not only taught me more about depression and mental illness, it also taught me how to be more empathetic. The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe, is just what its title says. Funny at times, and just heartbreakingly sad in others. When the author tells the story of his older brothers suicide, the tears fell hard and fast. 😭But I think what touched me the most or what gave me the biggest wake up call is when the author talks about having to writ You are never too old to learn and this book not only taught me more about depression and mental illness, it also taught me how to be more empathetic. The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe, is just what its title says. Funny at times, and just heartbreakingly sad in others. When the author tells the story of his older brothers suicide, the tears fell hard and fast. 😭But I think what touched me the most or what gave me the biggest wake up call is when the author talks about having to write the obituary for his brother.... "Sometimes an obituary might throw in coded language like "he died unexpectedly at home" or "she passed away unexpectedly" to let readers know that yes of course it was suicide - one of the top causes of death in America- but we are too embarrassed to say. " "To me, that omission always has some bad side effects. One is to give camouflage to the disease itself, because if no one ever talks about it, then everyone is much less likely to detect it. To discuss addiction or depression or other mental illnesses is to provide information about them, including their pathologies and symptoms. "It's like anything else in that if you stick your head in the sand and ignore it, it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. All it means is that your ass is in the air. And that goes for "saddies and normies". There is alot of work for us normies. We all need to recognize that not only does depression exist, but it is much more prevalent than we know AND we need to learn to communicate in a way that doesn't negate the way that saddies feel. Like I said, this book has a lot to offer everyone.5⭐ Thank you so much to Netgalley and St. Martins Press for the eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. And a huge thank you to John Moe for being brave enough to write this book and share it with the world!
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  • Matt Bender
    January 1, 1970
    This book is about 70 percent memoir and 30 percent anecdotes from his podcast. It made me want to listen to the podcast. I found some of the humor to be cheesy, and some of the analogies and stories (especially the Amazon one) to be very funny. What I appreciate about the book is the author’s candid description of mental illness including his observations on how it has affected his family and others. He also gives great verbiage to frame mental health issues. Would recommend for anyone whether This book is about 70 percent memoir and 30 percent anecdotes from his podcast. It made me want to listen to the podcast. I found some of the humor to be cheesy, and some of the analogies and stories (especially the Amazon one) to be very funny. What I appreciate about the book is the author’s candid description of mental illness including his observations on how it has affected his family and others. He also gives great verbiage to frame mental health issues. Would recommend for anyone whether they have depression issues or not. We all know someone with it and most have periods of depression and this book gives excellent insight into the issues of mental health.
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  • Steven
    January 1, 1970
    Amazingly raw, personal, yet funny memoir by John Moe about his (& his family’s) struggles with mental illnesses. This book highlights Moe’s journey to his great podcast from which the book gained its title. If you or anyone you care for has depression, this would be a great book with which to allow someone a chance to better understand how depression or mental illness aren’t just something you will yourself through. This will be a book I’ll buy to share with people as a way to lead to better un Amazingly raw, personal, yet funny memoir by John Moe about his (& his family’s) struggles with mental illnesses. This book highlights Moe’s journey to his great podcast from which the book gained its title. If you or anyone you care for has depression, this would be a great book with which to allow someone a chance to better understand how depression or mental illness aren’t just something you will yourself through. This will be a book I’ll buy to share with people as a way to lead to better understanding of mental illnesses.
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  • Harry Jahnke
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I want to say how dare John Moe stalk me since early childhood and write a book about me. I'm kidding but this book is incredibly relatable. Almost scarily so (I also went to a middle school called Sacajawea. Coincidence?). As someone who has lived with chronic depression and suicidal thoughts for years on end, it was absolutely gut-wrenching and wonderful to listen to this. I hated being able to relate to all of this mental illness and at the same time, it's so comforting to know First of all, I want to say how dare John Moe stalk me since early childhood and write a book about me. I'm kidding but this book is incredibly relatable. Almost scarily so (I also went to a middle school called Sacajawea. Coincidence?). As someone who has lived with chronic depression and suicidal thoughts for years on end, it was absolutely gut-wrenching and wonderful to listen to this. I hated being able to relate to all of this mental illness and at the same time, it's so comforting to know that I'm not alone and that help exists and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I may never be rid of my depression but at least with this book, I know that there are things out there that work, people willing to help, and that depression is a lying asshole who wants to kill me that I don't have to take any shit from. Bless this book and bless John Moe for sharing it with the world.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    ** I read an advance reader copy of this book I received from a Goodreads giveaway. **This book is wonderful. The author shares his struggles with depression, from suffering without a diagnosis to issues finding a therapist to issues with medication to major setbacks. He pulls no punches, detailing the way his mind consistently works against him, talking about how suicide is always an option even when it's not wished for, talking about his brother's suicide and his father's alcoholism. He explai ** I read an advance reader copy of this book I received from a Goodreads giveaway. **This book is wonderful. The author shares his struggles with depression, from suffering without a diagnosis to issues finding a therapist to issues with medication to major setbacks. He pulls no punches, detailing the way his mind consistently works against him, talking about how suicide is always an option even when it's not wished for, talking about his brother's suicide and his father's alcoholism. He explains why medication didn't always work for him (yes, you do need to take the pills on a regular schedule, not just when you're feeling the worst) and why therapy is so difficult (you have to be willing to see a therapist for more than one session and you have to find one who works with you -- his comparison of finding a therapist to the dating world is definitely on point!). I have suffered from major depression for as long as I can remember (and probably for longer that that) so there were many, many times I read something and said "Yes!!!! That's it exactly!!!". And that, sometimes more than anything else, is what someone with depression needs. Someone who understands. Someone who can put into words the whirlpool of feelings that goes with having depression. I often tell people that I'm not sure what happy is. I know what it looks like in other people, or at least what it looks like when they say they are happy, but I don't seem to be able to grasp it. However, as I've said in the past, I've managed to reach a point at which I am content with how I am. Yes, I always have suicidal thoughts. They float in the back of my head but I've learned ways to make them...quieter. Less obtrusive. And I have regular therapy appointments that I use as release valves. I don't always have something I need to talk about, in fact at this point in my life I often don't have anything I need to talk about but knowing that I have a standing appointment and someone who knows me and who will allow me to vent without overreacting is a big part of what keeps me content. The author of this book talks about many of the same things I deal with on a daily basis and that is a boost. I didn't know about the podcast before reading this book but I will definitely be checking it out now! Just knowing that someone can understand and is going through similar problems is a big relief to anyone with depression. So, if you do know someone who suffers from depression or if you do yourself, I would most definitely recommend this book!!
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  • Tonstant Weader
    January 1, 1970
    The Hilarious World of Depression is a memoir of the popular radio and podcast personality John Moe. Moe has suffered from depression since junior high though he did not know that for a long time. The diagnosis itself was liberating for him, but he resisted seeking treatment, or more accurately, he resisted going for more than one visit to any therapist.His life story is heartbreaking, but also refreshing. Yes, his father was distant and an alcoholic, but there was no violent abusive family hist The Hilarious World of Depression is a memoir of the popular radio and podcast personality John Moe. Moe has suffered from depression since junior high though he did not know that for a long time. The diagnosis itself was liberating for him, but he resisted seeking treatment, or more accurately, he resisted going for more than one visit to any therapist.His life story is heartbreaking, but also refreshing. Yes, his father was distant and an alcoholic, but there was no violent abusive family history. This is a good thing because it counters the myth that mental illness is the result of violence and trauma, not the misfiring of neurons and hormones. He also clarifies the difference between being sad or grieving because of circumstances and being depressed because of mental illness.The Hilarious World of Depression is a great memoir. It’s informative, friendly, and frank. Moe opens up his life in many ways. There are a few times when his desire to inject humor through wordplay wears thin, but I think that is a comic reflect. He explains about cognitive behavioral therapy and how it helped him, but he is not one of those flame-eyed evangelists who think what worked for them is the only correct and possible therapy. He made me want to listen to his podcast and I don’t even like podcasts.I received an e-galley of The Hilarious World of Depression from St. Martin’s Press | MacmillanThe Hilarious World of Depression at MacmillanThe Hilarious World of Depression podcastJohn Moe author sitehttps://tonstantweaderreviews.wordpre...
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    I found the podcast, The Hilarious World of Depression, about a year ago during a bad depressive episode. At the time it was one of very few things I could focus on. Since then, I’ve dipped in and out, always appreciating the bracing honesty about depression and what it feels like.The book, The Hilarious World of Depression, is as delightful as the podcast. This is the story of John Moe’s depression, which first showed up in junior high and has plagued him ever since. After a while it becomes th I found the podcast, The Hilarious World of Depression, about a year ago during a bad depressive episode. At the time it was one of very few things I could focus on. Since then, I’ve dipped in and out, always appreciating the bracing honesty about depression and what it feels like.The book, The Hilarious World of Depression, is as delightful as the podcast. This is the story of John Moe’s depression, which first showed up in junior high and has plagued him ever since. After a while it becomes the story of becoming increasingly public about his own depression and starting the podcast. The descriptions of what depression feels like, especially in the introduction and first chapter, are some of the best writing about depression I’ve ever read. And I have read a lot. The author is a very honest about his experiences and his continued struggles. He lets us in on how depression has affected his relationships, his work, and his whole life. His voice is funny and wry and real. If you are looking to feel not-so-alone in your own sadness, or mental health struggles, I think you’ll get a lot out of this book. It’s also a tour of his many therapists, so if you’ve had a hard time finding a therapist, you’re not alone.
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  • Mom_Loves_Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness month? There are so many books out there these days that deal with depression in both the fiction & the non-fiction categories. I prefer to read nonfiction/memoir books regarding authors that have dealt with mental health related illnesses, same with books dealing with autism. I will read & enjoy a fiction book with a character(s) with mental health related issues (or autism) as long as it is done tastefully & has been well researched..Don't let t Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness month? There are so many books out there these days that deal with depression in both the fiction & the non-fiction categories. I prefer to read nonfiction/memoir books regarding authors that have dealt with mental health related illnesses, same with books dealing with autism. I will read & enjoy a fiction book with a character(s) with mental health related issues (or autism) as long as it is done tastefully & has been well researched..Don't let the title of this book fool ya! Yes, it is quite funny at times, but it is more poignant & insightful than that. This book is just fantastic! It is a fiercely honest, candid, compassionate, conversation starter of a memoir. No sugar coating here either. Engaging, thought-provoking, well-written, & told from the heart, this book will surely resonate with everyone who has ever struggled with depression or other mental health issues. I am going to check out the podcast now as well.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of The Hilarious World of Depression. I don't listen to podcasts so I had no idea who the author is, but I was intrigued by the title. The Hilarious World of Depression is anything but hilarious; well, there are some hilarious moments, but for the most part, the author takes the reader into his childhood, his family, and the gut wrenching loss of his older brother.Mr. Moe is a deft writer; he writes as he speaks, I imagine, and his recollections are tinged Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of The Hilarious World of Depression. I don't listen to podcasts so I had no idea who the author is, but I was intrigued by the title. The Hilarious World of Depression is anything but hilarious; well, there are some hilarious moments, but for the most part, the author takes the reader into his childhood, his family, and the gut wrenching loss of his older brother.Mr. Moe is a deft writer; he writes as he speaks, I imagine, and his recollections are tinged with levity, dark humor and brutal honesty.Part memoir, part anecdotes from celebrities suffering from depression (A LOT of comedians: I thought of Robin Williams a lot as I was reading), Mr. Moe offers insight into a topic rarely discussed, the stigma of suffering from mental illness and depression and offers support, feedback and advice on finding the path to getting well.He touches upon how our childhood, our parents, and genetic destiny may predispose certain individuals toward depression, how trauma and traumatic events also play sinister roles in how we manifest the illness and deal with it, and how humor is just one of the ways some people cope and learn how to live with an illness that affects their lives and the people in it.Mr. Moe mentions the most critical aspect of depression and how to combat it:Talk. Find someone to talk to. Call someone. Erase the stigma that society and familial expectations have created and talk about it. There is hope. There is help. The Hilarious World of Depression ends on a positive note, but realistic note. Mr. Moe stresses that depression is an unending struggle, you won't get cured, but with hope and help, you can feel better.
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  • Cristie Underwood
    January 1, 1970
    The author did an amazing job of balancing his own experiences with depression and the suicide of his brother with hilarious sarcasm that keeps the reader from getting depressed reading. This is a great read and the author's honesty about his battle with depression was inspirational.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Rounded down from 3.5
  • Jeff Larsen
    January 1, 1970
    Smart, funny, honest memoir of what depression does to a “saddie.” And a reminder that I need to find a new therapist.
  • Becki
    January 1, 1970
    There is someone who I love who battles depression. Many times I have heard her use self-deprecating language and have always been surprised that she doesn't seem to recognize her own value. Today she and I were talking and a phrase that she used sparked in my brain. "Oh!" I thought. "That's her depression speaking!" After 20 years of relationship with her, it was *this* book that helped me finally see it, and that's reason enough to be so glad that I read this!I'm a "normie", not a "saddie". I There is someone who I love who battles depression. Many times I have heard her use self-deprecating language and have always been surprised that she doesn't seem to recognize her own value. Today she and I were talking and a phrase that she used sparked in my brain. "Oh!" I thought. "That's her depression speaking!" After 20 years of relationship with her, it was *this* book that helped me finally see it, and that's reason enough to be so glad that I read this!I'm a "normie", not a "saddie". I found "The Hilarious World of Depression" incredibly enlightening while also being funny, inviting, and heartwarming. This is such a valuable book- both in giving "normies" insight into the lives of so many that we love, and in letting "saddies" know that they are absolutely not alone. Definitely recommend!I received this book from #NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion, which I am always happy to give. :). My thanks to the author and publisher for this opportunity! #TheHilariousWorldOfDepression
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  • Tinabean
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway, and I am so excited to read it. I love this podcast so much - it makes me feel like I am heard and a part of a community. Thank you, Goodreads! Full review to come.
  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.For years John Moe, critica When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.For years John Moe, critically-acclaimed public radio personality and host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast struggled with depression; it plagued his family and claimed the life of his brother in 2007. As Moe came to terms with his own illness, he began to see similar patterns of behaviour and coping mechanisms surfacing in conversations with others, including high-profile comedians who’d struggled with the disease. Moe saw that there were tremendous comforts and community in open dialogue about these shared experiences and that humour had a unique power. Thus was born the podcast The Hilarious World of Depression.Inspired by the immediate success of the podcast, Moe has written a remarkable investigation of the disease, part memoir of his own journey, part treasure trove of laugh-out-loud stories and insights drawn from years of interviews with some of the most brilliant minds facing similar challenges. Throughout the course of this powerful narrative, depression’s universal themes come to light, among them, struggles with identity, lack of understanding of the symptoms, the challenges of work-life, self-medicating, the fallout of the disease in the lives of our loved ones, the tragedy of suicide, and the hereditary aspects of the disease.The Hilarious World of Depression illuminates depression in an entirely fresh and inspiring way.Unless you had or have depression, you may not see the hilarity in this book. I know that my family does not understand my depression(or, according to them. my lack of a sense of humour) but I laughed at this book as I have been there, done that and bought the postcard. The book is well written and moving and people with the disease and those in their family or circle of friends will enjoy it as well. Savour it as you read it - it is very moving.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. Depression is a serious topic and I think everyone should take it seriously. I follow people that talk about mental health issues because I myself am suffering from depression and anxiety. The author talks about his own struggles and the loss of his brother. I love the sense of humor he has. I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and I have been researching ways to cope with it and reading books like this one makes me feel like I'm not alone in this world. I a I really enjoyed this book. Depression is a serious topic and I think everyone should take it seriously. I follow people that talk about mental health issues because I myself am suffering from depression and anxiety. The author talks about his own struggles and the loss of his brother. I love the sense of humor he has. I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and I have been researching ways to cope with it and reading books like this one makes me feel like I'm not alone in this world. I am thankful for the author and Netgalley for letting me read this in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    Ok here it is. I am a depressed person and this book sought me out quite literally! Havving a sense of humor about being depressed can be a sometimes bitter pill to swallow. There are good days and black dark days. Such a seriou topic is not taken lightly in The Hilarious World Of Depression by John Moe but it can totally change your perspective and thought process in regards to this illness. It shows you what you can do despite having depression. Its very honest and open and extremely candid. A Ok here it is. I am a depressed person and this book sought me out quite literally! Havving a sense of humor about being depressed can be a sometimes bitter pill to swallow. There are good days and black dark days. Such a seriou topic is not taken lightly in The Hilarious World Of Depression by John Moe but it can totally change your perspective and thought process in regards to this illness. It shows you what you can do despite having depression. Its very honest and open and extremely candid. And its humor brought a smile to my face and made me laugh out loud. This an extremely hopeful book that made me rethink how I feel about my invisible illness and it helped me realize that there are other people who are suffering silently too and its about finding strength through their openness and sharing of their stories. I was sent an advanced reader copy of this book by the publisher St. Martins Press in exchange for a fair and honest review. I give The Hilarious World Of Depression 5 stars and recommend it highly because it really touched on deeply personal and emotional topic for me.
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  • Carin
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't sure how hilarious this book would be. Or if its hilarity might be inappropriate for its subject matter. But I needn't have worried. John Moe knows precisely how to balance the two.Books about depression aren't funny. And that's a big reason why no one reads them. The subject matter is rough enough just in its existence. And John noticed over time that a lot of comedians used depression or other mental health problems in their stand-up acts. He had a successful NPR show in Seattle, and I wasn't sure how hilarious this book would be. Or if its hilarity might be inappropriate for its subject matter. But I needn't have worried. John Moe knows precisely how to balance the two.Books about depression aren't funny. And that's a big reason why no one reads them. The subject matter is rough enough just in its existence. And John noticed over time that a lot of comedians used depression or other mental health problems in their stand-up acts. He had a successful NPR show in Seattle, and when it had run its course he was offered a job in NPR in the midwest. From that, his podcast grew (which is an official podcast of NPR even if it's not an on-air NPR show.) As word got out, impressive people contacted him, most of whom really surprised him, like Peter Sagal, the host of NPR's Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me and Andy Richter, best known as Conan O'Brien's sidekick. But he wasn't wrong--there are a lot of comedians who either are open about their depression or were eager to be so when given a platform. And the podcast became wildly successful.As he's interviewing these guests, he rarely talks about himself, He acknowledges that he has depression too, but the focus is always on the guest, never on him. And in this book, John Moe tells his own story. He tells of struggling with depression since his childhood. Of his family dynamics that probably didn't help. Of times over the years when it became really problematic. And then there's a crushing blow out of left field that makes him rethink everything.Along the way, he's really funny. Mostly in the if-I-don't-laugh-I'll-cry mode which, as a Southerner, I'm very familiar with. But as he's a Seattleite, he has his own, slightly more sardonic spin on it. He never actually laughs it off--in fact that's a really unhelpful piece of "advice" (which I'm putting in quotation marks as it's such a truly terrible piece of advice that it doesn't deserve to have the word advice attached to it.) But he points out how it does have its moments of ridiculousness and absurdity, and how giving it too much power is a big part of why it's problematic. It's his own story, but it's incredibly useful for anyone. If you've known anyone with depression (and if you know any humans, you fall into that category), this book is chock full of humanity, empathy, understanding, good humor, and gut-wrenching stories. It truly helped me to better understand a disease that is pretty difficult for those on the outside to comprehend. And I laughed along the way.
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  • Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    Anyone struggling with depression NEEDS to read this!! I didn't know what to expect, as I just looked for new books via goodreads and stumbled upon this. After seeing the positive reviews, I decided to give it a shot, even if I didn't think I could relate to an older, straight white dude's life. (for reference, I'm a 23 yr old gay woman of color, who laughs at the "ok, boomer" memes) Well, I was wrong. Depression and mental illness does NOT discriminate, which I knew already- I just didn't know Anyone struggling with depression NEEDS to read this!! I didn't know what to expect, as I just looked for new books via goodreads and stumbled upon this. After seeing the positive reviews, I decided to give it a shot, even if I didn't think I could relate to an older, straight white dude's life. (for reference, I'm a 23 yr old gay woman of color, who laughs at the "ok, boomer" memes) Well, I was wrong. Depression and mental illness does NOT discriminate, which I knew already- I just didn't know how the author was going to approach the subject. I've rolled my eyes at other books about mental illness, that scream in your face about how you need to make life your bitch and stop feeling sorry for yourself, along with "well, I prayed to God and He gave me a solution!" This one hit different. As John Moe was narrating about his experiences, I understood exactly how he felt. From not connecting with therapists, figuring out medications, even suicidal ideation- all of these dark topics were approached in a way that didn't make it seem so grim. I personally liked his sense of humor, although a part of me could potentially see why someone wouldn't....i think?? And remember I said I was unsure about a straight old white dude? He actually reflected on his privilege!! In the book!! That was important to me. (This is NOT me saying white people can't be depressed- you'll have to read it to understand fully what I'm referring to, and what John Moe explains) I docked a star, but really it should be only a half of a star. The parts about the creation of the podcast and his career was a little boring for me, but that's because I'm not into podcasting, nor did I know about the THWoD podcasts. But the book is about him, and that's what has brought him success, so overall, it didn't affect the quality much. (Did that even make sense? I don't know, I just think the reflections about his other life experiences were more interesting to me in comparison)I honestly loved this book. It comforted me in this horrible, uncertain time in my life and, as corny as it sounds, made me feel less alone in dealing with my own struggles. If you haven't experienced depression as a "normie" and not a "saddie", maybe it won't resonate with you, but for me, this was really refreshing to read.
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  • Casey Frank
    January 1, 1970
    As a saddie who didn't really understand my lifelong struggle with anxiety and depression until my 30's this book is both a confirmation that I'm not alone, a confirmation that depression is actually stupidly similar and common for other people, and a confirmation that it's okay to make jokes about it. For the record, my current therapist, and the one that has felt so successful that I've been seeing her for almost two years laughs at my jokes all the time- great therapists are not unicorns, the As a saddie who didn't really understand my lifelong struggle with anxiety and depression until my 30's this book is both a confirmation that I'm not alone, a confirmation that depression is actually stupidly similar and common for other people, and a confirmation that it's okay to make jokes about it. For the record, my current therapist, and the one that has felt so successful that I've been seeing her for almost two years laughs at my jokes all the time- great therapists are not unicorns, they exist, and while the process may be frustrating, can be found. Back to the book!This book is an interesting memoir and a helpful guide at the same time. Having been on medication for awhile not and having seen said therapist, most of the content was not a revelation for me, but it might have been two years ago. If nothing else I never get tired of hearing "depression is a liar." Like John Moe, I spent a lot of my life operating under the assumption that I needed to workhard to make sure that no one caught on to the fact that I was a pile of garbage masquerading as a useful human being. It took (and still takes) convincing for me to believe that there might be something inherently worthy and lovable about me, and reading this book reaffirms that depression is an asshole that tells you this again and again, but you don't have to believe it. Depression is a liar.Talking about depression and mental health in general does matter, and I think to some degree John Moe is still not talking about the toll that talking about it and doing his work takes, though he does talk about it a little bit. Knowing you're not alone in figuring out how to manage your mental health is so important- I want to give this book to normies and saddies alike, and then all get together and talk about it. Hell, I might even make it a book club pick at my store even though we usually read fiction because these conversations need to happen.All of that being said, depending on where you are in your life or your treatment, if this book feels to triggering, put it down for a bit. I definitely felt an uptick in my anxiety after finishing the book because it was simply a reminder that I have depression and anxiety.
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  • Sasha
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book for a free review. Thank you goodreads and publishers, and John Moe for the book.I found this book hard, I mean really hard to read. Not because the content is bad or the writing is awful. No. The writing is great and the content rings true. I think that’s where I had an issue, the content rang true.I’ll admit I never heard the podcast, but I’ve only ever listened to one podcast and that’s because I’m admittedly anti podcast. And I’m anti podcast because everyone seems to love po I won this book for a free review. Thank you goodreads and publishers, and John Moe for the book.I found this book hard, I mean really hard to read. Not because the content is bad or the writing is awful. No. The writing is great and the content rings true. I think that’s where I had an issue, the content rang true.I’ll admit I never heard the podcast, but I’ve only ever listened to one podcast and that’s because I’m admittedly anti podcast. And I’m anti podcast because everyone seems to love podcasts and I don’t want to jump on the ship. Now, this book, I think I was hoping it would be more funny. The cover promises funny. But though there were humorous moments, I felt overwhelmed. Mainly because it made my own mental illness too tangible. I felt nice, as it always does, to know I am not alone. If I’m not the only crazy one out there, then it’s a plus! Or at least a relief. But, it also forced me to realize I was going to commit suicide last year. Forced me to admit that it wasn’t the first time I wanted to. Realizing this made me feel silly and embarrassed. It made me never want to hit rock bottom again. It helped me pin point my own red flags. But the whole time reading it, I felt so... sad that I was so hurt, angry at myself, and sorry to those around me.But I also know this won’t ever just go away. It’s been with me forever. Definitely give the book a try. It’s not bad, it’s just strong content. Moe is friendly, his voice is friendly. But for me, I made it through 80% of the book before I had to stop. Mainly because I was on the bridge of crying every time I opened it. Between my own mental illness, my current life situation, and covid 19, I think this was just a bad time for this. I will definitely try and finish the remaining 20%. But right now I need an escape. This reality is too much.
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  • Maya
    January 1, 1970
    4.3 This is an autobiography that is told with honesty and has humor despite the serious nature of the topic. I recommend this book to anyone who suffers from depresssion and anyone who is a member of a family in which there is a depressed person or has a friend that is a depressed person. I, like many other people who have suffered with this illness for most of my life, have always thought that many of the feelings and thoughts that I had were unique. I believed I was the only person that thoug 4.3 This is an autobiography that is told with honesty and has humor despite the serious nature of the topic. I recommend this book to anyone who suffers from depresssion and anyone who is a member of a family in which there is a depressed person or has a friend that is a depressed person. I, like many other people who have suffered with this illness for most of my life, have always thought that many of the feelings and thoughts that I had were unique. I believed I was the only person that thought a certain way, that something was really wrong with me, that I should not share these feelings with other people, that something bad would happen if I did. I now see that much of my suffering and mental anguish is explainable by this illness and that my thought patterns and physical manifestations of this illness are not unique and what a comfort that is to know! It's also clear to me now that I probably have not fully addressed my issues and that I could probably be getting along better in life if I did finally decide it was time to work on it, or that maybe it could actually get better if I did. There is no reason for further details about this book, you simply have to and must read it if you are "one of us", suspect you are "one of us", know someone or live with someone who is "one of us". I too have had people say to me "snap out of it", "just choose to have a good day". These are highly ignorant comments and ones that are said by people who are very unaware of what it is to be depressed. I would add one last one common phrase I have heard that was not in the book, but I feel was sorely overlooked, and that one is "why do you take everything so personal?" Depressed people don't think the same way as "normies - as the book calls them", do. Read the book, PLEASE!!P.S. I have also Googled the podcast and am delighted to learn that there are 5 seasons of the show beginning in 2016 and now with current episodes in 2020. So there is no excuse, if you are not a reader (the horror!) you can at the very least listen and learn...
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