"If you have ever had depression, have a family member with depression, treated
a patient with depression or worked on an inpatient unit with depressed people this
book is a must read. Carol's firsthand account of her illness is frank, touching,
insightful and informative and clearly shows that depression is not just a diagnosis,
but has a person attached to it, whose feelings are often overlooked."
- Joel L. Schwartz M.D., Emeritus Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry, Abington Memorial
"Carol Kivler's writing, like her public speaking, invites others to join
her inspiring journey of recovery. Through entering into her experience, others are
empowered to face their own struggles with hope and courage. I thank Carol for opening
our eyes to the transformation of her life from illness to recovery with the healing
power of ECT. I look forward to hearing of the many people whose lives will also
be transformed through reading this book!"
- Sally T. Osmer, MDiv, LCSW, Executive Director, NAMI, Mercer, NJ
"Carol's courageous message confirms what I have always believed about the
life changing effects of ECT. I am thrilled that she has shared her personal experience
in such an honest and informative manner, so that others may benefit from this beneficial
but often misunderstood treatment option."
- Kathy Dempsey, Former Director of Psychiatric Services, Memorial Health Care System
"The 'Courageous Recovery Wellness Model' (described in the book) is the
consumer's much needed rope climb out of depression's pit of hell. Inspiring, easy
to read, and chock full of sound information for consumers, their loved ones, and
health care providers, this small treasure has humbled me and changed my own perspective
of the illness that has invaded the lives of those I love."
- Lynette Landing, Owner, Landing by Choice Professional Services