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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Breaking the Silence: A Journey Deep Inside the Mind is a work of non-fiction in the memoir, autobiographical, and psychological/medical subgenres. It is best suited to the adult audience owing to some references to sexual activity and mild profanity and was penned by author Dara Sanandaji. Raw and highly emotionally charged, this is an account of the collapse of a psyche following years of suffering from psychological symptoms such as plaguing voices, dark whispers, and extreme inner turmoil. But the work also goes on to explore how, after such a collapse, the mind has an incredible ability to repair and heal, and goes on to recount the author’s cathartic process of recovery and stability.
Author Dara Sanandaji delivers some truly powerful autobiographical writing in this heartfelt account of the intense troubles that psychological disorders can cause us. Whatever your experience level of mental illness, there is great insight to be learned from individual journeys, especially when the author is eloquent in expanding beyond their personal experience to encompass the wider themes of our purpose in life and how we must carry on and overcome, no matter what is put in our way. Sanandaji portrays a fascinating and often highly emotional inner dialogue that resonates deeply on these wider themes, and I felt that the honesty of the author came through in those moments very profoundly. By the time you finish reading Breaking the Silence, it feels as though something very private and important has been shared with you. A highly recommended read.