Product review for Things That Helped: On Postpartum Depression
Jessica Friedmann navigates her recuperation from postpartum depression in a comprehensive collection of personal essays
Things That Helped is a narrative in essays, describing the Australian writer Jessica Friedmann's recuperation from postpartum clinical depression. In each essay she focuses on a different totemic object– from pho red lips to the musician Anohni– to narrate that is both deeply personal and also culturally resonant. Drawing on critical concept, popular culture, and also her own experience, Friedmann's extensive essays discuss course, race, gender, and also sexuality, in addition to motherhood, imagination, and also mental illness. Periodically confrontational, but always incredibly moving as well as magnificently observed, Things That Helped graphes her return right into the world: a slow as well as complex process of rebuilding what anxiety fractured, and often damaged.