Thank You Louise Hay

Thank you Deepak, Oprah, Joseph, Marianne, Joe, Pam, Wayne, Bob, Bruce, Gregg, and, and ...ALL the others… for helping me heal from my depression and return into the sunlight!

Non-Fiction - Self Help
150 Pages
Reviewed on 08/30/2019
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Author Biography

After healing herself from an 8 year Major Depression and PTSD, Natasha Bronfman has become a passionate mental health advocate determined to bring awareness to, and erase the stigma of living with mental illness. She earned a Certificate in Mental Health Law and was appointed to the Consent and Capacity Board Tribunal to adjudicate on patients’ involuntary committal to psychiatric institutions. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto and is a dynamic speaker sharing her powerful story of lived experience at conferences and corporate events. Natasha lives in Toronto, Canada and now sees her world full of sunshine and colour instead of the constant grey of her depression. She wrote this book with the hope of helping others overcome their own illness and return back into the sunlight.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

As doctors still try to agree on whether depression originates from genetics or our surroundings, we take an in-depth look into the illness and break down every possibility. The causes, symptoms, and treatments for this debilitating mental illness are examined in detail in Thank You Louise Hay by Natasha Bronfman, backed up with scientific research, whilst weaving in the author's own battle and life experiences of depression. Looking at the illness from many different angles, such as the principles of quantum physics, historical, spiritual and medical perspectives, this book will ask some important questions. Why do sufferers still feel embarrassed to discuss and admit to suffering from a mental illness as opposed to a physical one? How can family and loved ones best support someone with depression, and what are the common mistakes used that can harm not help? The journey out of the darkness of depression is possible and although everyone's experience of the illness is unique, this guide will offer enlightenment, hope, and encouragement that you are not alone. Depression is an illness that can draw you into the depths of despair but it should and will not define who you are. Use the references, quotes and suggested reading material throughout the book to find your personal path out of the darkness. 'No negative condition can remain in our lives when we truly love and accept ourselves.' -- Louise Hay.

Even if you have read other books on the subject of depression, I would still recommend you read Thank You Louise Hay by Natasha Bronfman. I loved the way the author tackles the subject from not only a personal perspective but from every aspect possible. Her definition of the symptoms was brutally honest and anyone who has suffered from the illness would surely relate to the feelings of hopelessness and darkness described. I also loved how the use of antidepressants was recommended just as a short term measure and not a lifestyle choice to battle the illness. The discussion into the quantum physics theory was very interesting as was the comparisons between nature and nurture. I found the examination of how the conscious and unconscious mind plays a key role in the illness, an awakening moment. This book is an absolute must-read for any sufferer or their family because it offers inspiration and hope that you can overcome this illness as others have. It also offers encouragement that you are not alone and talking about the illness should not be surrounded by shame. The bibliography at the end is vast and amazing too.

K.C. Finn

Thank You Louise Hay is a work of non-fiction focused on suffering with and recovering from crippling depression and was penned by author Natasha Bronfman. Part memoir and part guidebook to self-help for other sufferers, this frank and honest volume chronicles the author’s struggle with overpowering depression that she feared would lead her to suicide if nothing were to change. The book gives a painful account of the realities of living with depression, but also the paranoia of hiding it because of the stigma surrounding mental illness. We then move on to the works of Louise Hay and other important writers and personalities whom Natasha utilized on her journey in order to help her recover.

In terms of its self-help qualities, author Natasha Bronfman provides an excellent primer in positive action and understanding depression literature which readers can use as a springboard to make their own discoveries and read more. The titles and authors are well-chosen to cover the issues at the core of the condition, and Bronfman relates them to her own life in a heartfelt and honest way. What struck me most of all, however, was the honest account of daily living when the condition has its full grip on the author, and how chilling and painfully alone those moments feel. Thank You Louise Hay is a book which provides an important comfort to remind sufferers that they are not alone and to educate family and friends who have never suffered from depression about its realities.

Edith Wairimu

Natasha Bronfman’s enlightening self-help book, Thank You Louise Hay, precisely describes the impact of depression and offers possible treatment methods. In the work, Bronfman candidly shares her painful and heart-breaking struggle with the illness. Desperate to free herself from suicidal thoughts and the continued torment of living through crushing moments of darkness and pain, Bronfman sought answers from conventional medicine and later turned to naturopathy. The different conventional medical treatment options and dietary changes came with varied results. Still, she was determined to overcome the illness. The process Bronfman experienced shows how the path towards healing is different and personal for every patient. Bronfman gives credit to the teachings and lessons from different notable figures but most of all, Louise Hay.

Thank You Louise Hay by Natasha Bronfman puts into words what many suffering from depression would like to communicate to family, friends, and society in general who may not understand the full impact of the illness. The work debunks popular misconceptions of depression. One of these being that depression is a state you can just choose to get out of. The book makes it clear that a patient suffering from depression requires treatment and just because there may not be the physical manifestation of the illness, it does not mean that the illness does not exist. Thank You Louise Hay is uplifting in many ways as it gives people suffering from mental illness a voice to describe what they are going through. It also provides hope by showing healing from depression is possible.

Vincent Dublado

Natasha Bronfman survived her bout with depression. The ordeal was harrowing, so much so that it tore her apart. But she survived and coped by understanding her pain. Thank You Louise Hay recounts her lowest point and how she managed to emerge like a butterfly from its chrysalis. She penned this memoir/how to heal book with the profound purpose of reaching out to others suffering from the same malady, to help them cope and to reassure them that they are not alone. Any person trapped in the maw of depression can benefit from reading this book. Bronfman introduces us to her path toward recovery with the help of people who inspired her to keep going.

The author processes her emotions to help her facilitate coping with and understanding her painful feelings. But it seems that the more she tried to understand her moods, the more it perpetuated negativity. While the common mechanism employed in depression is denial or distraction, Bronfman chooses to go deep into the anatomy of her illness. Her writing is fluid and down to earth. She never bores you with details that could trigger an argument on therapy approaches. She gives a step by step account of her experience and keeps everything understandable. She writes with a layman’s approach, combining her medical therapy with practical solutions derived from inspirational figures and holistic methodologies. The book is practical, and the length is unintimidating. Its conciseness is its greatest strength. Thank You Louise Hay manages to address the deepest truths about depression with succinctness.

Gisela Dixon

Thank You Louise Hay by Natasha Bronfman is a non-fiction memoir about one of the most commonly encountered mental illnesses—depression. In this book, Natasha explains in a brief foreword what it was like living with depression and what prompted her to write this book. The book is then divided into two main parts: one that deals with her days of depression, what it feels like, how it affects every area of life, her near-suicide, and just the overall, day-to-day struggle of living with a mental illness. In part two, she writes about how she slowly, with the help of many people, motivational speakers, and tools, found her way back from depression towards health and healing. There is a detailed list of reading material provided at the end, along with a bibliography, poems, movies, lectures, and other resources provided for further reading.

I really liked Thank You Louise Hay. Natasha has written in a very candid manner about her huge struggle with depression. This book may be a help to anyone suffering from any mental illness actually, because it goes into the shame and stigma that we still feel in society and how it disrupts and even destroys people’s lives as a result of living in hiding, so to speak. I also liked that Natasha has pointed out that there is a mind-brain connection and mental illnesses do affect the physiology of an actual organ, the brain, and so in that sense, they do become physical illnesses as well. The list of varied resources provided at the end is also wonderful and I am sure there is something in it for everybody. Overall, this is a great book and I hope it helps others to understand mental illness and remove the stigma from society.