Book Summary:

Reasons to Stay Alive

An optimistic memoir about depression and anxiety

Introduction: Become inspired to befriend your demons.

Matt Haig suddenly began to experience intense anxiety, and it affected every aspect of his life.

There were warning signs that could have alerted Haig to the coming breakdown.

We don't know exactly what causes anxiety and depression, and there is no one-size-fits-all way to fix it.

People with depression, and especially men, suffer from social isolation.

Books became a lifeline for Haig because they gave him language to understand his experience.

Haig started to recover by running toward what he most feared.

Having anxiety and depression can make you more perceptive and empathetic.

Recovery from depression isn't linear.

Pinpoint what improves your mood.

Actionable advice: