Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman is a book that showcases mental illness in a poignant yet beautifully written way. This book explores the world of a psychiatrist who specializes in depression that can’t be treated with medications. I loved that aspect of the book, as a person who is going to school for Psychology it really gave me a sense of what types of things I may see, or may hear about in my line of work. In all honesty, it was a little bit scary reading this book, as it opened up a world I really hadn’t heard about with mental illness, but although it was scary it was very insightful and gave me a whole different point of view.
Dr. Suzanna Seliger helps those who can no longer find comfort in treating their depression in medical ways. She has a way with her patients, she can help them discuss their symptoms, issues that they have, and ways to combat their depression. The thing that she has a problem with, is talking about feelings. This becomes particularly difficult when one of her patients commits suicide and it stirs up emotions in her that she has tried to hide for many years.
This book struck a chord with me because it has to do with feeling void of emotion, even though your job requires you to seek out emotion and pull it from people. Dr. Seliger is the type of person who doesn’t want to feel, and gets very anxious when she has to feel emotion. That made her very interesting to me, and made me want to know more about her. This book gives us an insight into an emotionally damaged doctor who may need just as much help as the people that she is counseling. I really enjoyed this book, it just shows how people can affect other peoples lives in ways that they don’t even realize. Man, this was pure literary genius. 5 out of 5 stars.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with a mental illness, please don’t hesitate to get help. BetterHelp is a wonderful site that can advise you to some great resources.