Despair to Deliverance: A True Story of Triumph Over Severe Mental Illness by Sharon DeVinney (Book Review #157)

This review was kindly requested by Sharon DeVinney, Ph.D

Despair to Deliverance is a memoir written about Sharon DeVinney, Ph.D. and her patient, Robin. Sharon is Robin’s psychotherapist and she has been working with Robin since 1993. Robin suffers from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. The story is written in a way to demonstrate in detail how patients suffer and what they exactly go through when they are fighting with mental illness. Robin also has suicidal thoughts, which she initially does not reveal to Sharon.

It is the true nature and authentic revelation of what a patient and a therapist go through, that makes this book unique and most spectacular. There are many books focusing on mental illness and other forms of relatable issues in the market these days, however, very little do you find books that also display a delightful perspective from the therapist itself. It is not just the patient that is affected and has to endure sensitive matters; a therapist also has to overcome challenges when is confronted by their patients. They too have a life and are human. I found this to be a delightful factor within this book.

The literary standard and the flow of the layout for the book was perfectly suited for its content. The memoir is completely written with the thought of making it understandable and relatable to its reader. The book is perfect for therapists and people suffering from mental illness such as bipolar, depression and anxiety issues.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that suffers from relatable issues and wishes to have a better understanding on the matter.

Written by Jeyran Main

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