I’ve always been drawn to live a more urban life. I remember how eagerly I wanted to be in an urban area while living very comfortably in a two 2nd level city, which was far from an urban city. It was only after I shifted into this competitive and fast lifestyle that if you do not continue to improve and you’re in the shadow of your friends and colleagues, which affects your personal and social life. Therefore, I enjoy watching films or reading about characters dealing with their mood swings and ups in an urban setting. This passion has led me to purchase the book that has around 215 pages titled “Fast but Lost”, written by Dr Pallavi Joshi. The book also features a tagline that reads, “Overcoming depression in city life”.
To begin, I have to say that the cover in the novel is stunning and specifically designed for the subject. Even if it’s not the title or the title of the novel, then at least the cover page is sure to get the reader to take a look as they browse through bookshops. Writing a book of all-inclusive non-fiction about depression is an extremely risky and brave option because there are many psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, therapists and even celebrities and influencers on social media to guide us in this area. It isn’t easy for the writer to write without considering what people would say about her treatment as well as overcoming the methods.
This book will provide you with an answer to all questions you have regarding stress, anxiety or depression, as well as every other thought related to it. It’s a well-planned book that discusses every aspect in a well-organized method. The author ensures that you do not lose yourself in the complexities of language, so the book is simple without being confusing to the reader at one time. There were moments when I wept or cried during reading certain sections because they discussed feelings or experiences I’ve gone through in my own life. In a few instances, I’m actually experiencing them right now. Pallavi has made sure that she doesn’t overlook one trigger or reason that can cause depression so that all of us who choose the book are able to find something we can relate to in the book. It is my belief that the book covers all of these areas isn’t easy in the sense that it is a book that covers a variety of emotions that we experience.
Joshi has amazingly helped us comprehend the most frequently asked questions about the differences between a psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, therapist and psychologist, as well as sadness, depression and stress very well. In addition, she dispelled the myths surrounding depression in the first chapters, helping us clear our minds and absorb what she says without a skeptic mind. She also explains the symptoms of depression, which will make it simpler for you to recognize the kind of depression that you’re suffering from. I felt emotional whenever I read an article that was based on patient case studies. I’m happy that the author has put the whole thing so clearly.
My personal favorite is the four 4th chapter, where the author addresses every factor that can trigger depression with explanations, case study options, and when to see a psychiatrist. The topics discussed include break-ups, marital discord, infidelity, marital breakdown, loss of a loved one, parenting stress, exam stress and elderly care and job loss or infertility, as well as the diagnosis of terminal disease, sexual orientation, and more. Dr Pallavi has also made us undergo the well-known talk therapy known as CBT and the relationship between the situation, thoughts and emotions. She also provides other treatments as well. The author goes into detail about suicide, which is a topic that needs to discuss. I was surprised to discover that suicide can have its kind. I am grateful to the author who wrote this chapter since it is packed with information that can help you to stay free of suicidal thoughts and make you more prepared to assist others suffering from the same emotions.
The book ends with the section about how lockdown and Covid scenarios had a huge impact on the health of individuals. The author summarizes the entire two years in a few sentences, but enough to provoke the emotions of every one of us who has been through this period. Overall, I would say this is among the best self-help books I’ve ever read. I would recommend it to anyone. Do not feel isolated. This book will be your first hope during a time of crisis. It’s not just for people living in urban areas. This book is suitable for any person who’s anywhere and suffering from sadness, anxiety, stress or depression. This book is an excellent five out of five stars. I am awestruck and want to express my gratitude to the author Dr Pallavi Joshi for attempting this.