The Hilarious World of Depression

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.

Title:The Hilarious World of Depression
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250209283
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  • Danielle Prielipp

    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 m...

  • Melissa

    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...

  • Tina

    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 appre...

  • June

    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 battl...

  • Katie

    I’d never heard of the author or his podcast; I picked this up because I liked the title and I wasn’t disappointed by the contents. Moe describes what it’s like to grow up with anxiety and depre...

  • Em

    Jokes so funny I didn't realize they were funny until I was onto the following chapter. Sober anecdotes on a comedian's experience with depression. Straight white male privilege in check....

  • Amy

    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...

  • Miss R

    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 'hi...

  • Cassidee Lanstra

    “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 make...

  • Erin

    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 ev...