Where the Roots Reach for Water: A Personal and Natural History of Melancholia By Jeffery Smith

    Richer and more interesting than many books about depression. Liked it very much


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    Winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir

    Jeffery 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 how to make a life with his illness, Smith sets out to get at the essence of--using the old term for depression--melancholia.

    Deftly 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. Where the Roots Reach for Water: A Personal and Natural History of Melancholia

    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. Paperback 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. Paperback 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.) Paperback This is actually one of the more useful books I've read in the mental health field, but less in a factual way and more in 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. Paperback 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. Paperback