Brain injury plunged me into a world of distortion and chaos, where my own thoughts and senses could no longer be trusted. Searching for medical help, I found doubt and manipulation instead. "But I’m Not Depressed" is a bleak but ultimately hopeful tale, and a slap in the face to the culture of psychobabble.
- Lia Rees
About The Book
This is what happened when something devastating crashed into an unusual mind. When I suffered a brain injury at the age of 19, I was not told what I had. The world became a dreamlike haze. I was cut off from my own thoughts and memories. Instead of receiving medical treatment, I was sent into psychotherapy. So began a ten-year battle to recover my lost self. This memoir is a window into the surreal internal landscape of a brain injury survivor striving to find reality once more. Positive thinking and pills couldn't fix me, but a bizarre and cutting-edge field of medicine just might.
About The Author
Lia Rees lives in London. She loves music, particularly prog rock, chillout and anything melancholy. Her ideal house involves plenty of books, attractive lamps and things made from coloured glass. Open-source culture and wild places excite her, and she has dabbled in the creative arts of jewellery making, crochet and T-shirt design.
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Since 2005, she has been living with the psychological and cognitive effects of an acquired brain injury. Her first book, "But I'm Not Depressed", uses a lyrical, honest writing style to convey the loss of language and personality itself, and her search for answers in a flawed medical system. She writes to bring readers into the surreal world of the survivor, and to save other survivors from the psychology trap. A follow-up book is planned on the effects of brain injury in high-IQ people.
Her "day job" involves creating book covers and videos for authors. She also has ambitions for a science fantasy trilogy and a concept album.