Black Couches…zzzz…

As much as I thought this book would rock and as much as I wanted to delve into it and have it be a new favorite, I just couldn’t stop wondering when it would be over. I like the premise of “Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors” by Charles Barber because I’m very interested in reading about and discussing mental disorders and such. However, this book had a twist, because the author telling the story is actually dealing with his own anguish of being haunted by the suicide of his best friend whilst trying to help everyone else around him as their psychologist.

I guess I thought it would be more of a self-discovery book or more of hearing how he has helped his patients. Going into it with that assumption was a mistake I couldn’t seem to back pedal from…

As someone has struggles with depression I had been hoping for insight from the outside. Instead, I remained on the inside hearing how the doctor was also struggling with his own issues stemming from childhood and forward.

With that in mind, I realize this would be an excellent book for someone who does not struggle from a mental health problem. It could help them to understand how deeply rooted depression can be and what goes on in the mind of the people who are feeling it. Though at times the context is raw and extremely emotional, I do think it was helpful for the author to write it all down and finally close those chapters.

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