Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope by John Saunders

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Read Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope Online Free - In Playing Hurt, a leading figure in the sports world—the quintessential “man's man,” who seems to have it all—confesses his constant battle with depression and how it nearly cost him his life. John Saunders—stellar athlete and respected sportscaster—welcomes readers into the heart of his desperate struggle against depression: from insights into the illness's root causes to the nature of modern treatments, from both a medical and cultural perspective. His story unfolds as so many of our lives do—among family, friends, and colleagues—but it also peers into places we don't often discuss openly—psych wards and hospitals. Here is the honest story of a public figure facing his own mental illness head on, and emerging far better off for his effort.

Title : Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope
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ISBN : 0306824736
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 328 pages


Lance rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2017

This is not a typical memoir of a sports figure. In the very beginning, John Saunders talks about his thoughts of suicide by describing a trip across New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River. From there, he opens up about the demons that he lived with while battling depression through...

Sarah rated it ★★★★★

July 06, 2017

Mental health issues are becoming less taboo in our culture and it is great to see people opening up about the real struggle with depression that is often underlying people that are successful in their chosen profession. In addition to mental health, this book also covers Saunders' early years in...

Russ rated it ★★★★☆

September 07, 2017

Tough to read the first half of this book about Saunders' childhood abuse and his poor decisions as a young adult. Good to learn about brain injuries and depression, and about Saunders' experiences as a long time member of ESPN. The book is well written by John Bacon and Saunders mostly before Sa...

Dave rated it ★★★★★

August 14, 2017

Help others in need. Let's everyone realize how common place depression is in our population. Too bad many more people do not try to help depressed individuals.

Willy rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 15, 2017

I thought it was an inspiring story but was much less specific on how the mental health issues were really overcome. I guess if you have depression, you always do.

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