The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe is a compilation of the Author’s thoughts in a Memoir format. He is the host of the podcast, The hilarious world of depression, where he interviewed various celebrities and comedians dealing with depression and other mental illnesses and talk about their journey and struggles.
While I have never heard of the podcast before reading this book, he frequently quotes the stories discussed on the podcast with the celebrities. He incorporates all the stories in a discussion format while delving into his own thoughts about the topic and bringing in the other’s experience of the same. On the podcast, he uses terms like saddies for people diagnosed with depression and Normies for people not diagnosed with depression to lighten the discussion.
The book sensitively deals with the topic while diving deep into the dark and heavy discussions about the struggles of living with a mental illness and yet manages to make it funny. I had second thoughts about continuing the book because while I was liking the writing styles, metaphors, humor, and stories of the book, it was probably not a good idea to read it amidst this pandemic situation.
I would totally recommend this book for everyone, for saddies to relate and for normies to understand the experiences of saddies and be empathetic about it. But at the same time, reading about such descriptions and stories can be triggering for some people. This book can probably be picked up once everything is normal, and you are in a good mental state to handle your emotions.