I'm very disappointed in this book. Instead of being either a book about "a family's struggle with depression," as is the subtitle of this book, OR an informative book about depression and how it affects the depressed person, it attempts to be both, and the facts are not accurate across the board. For instance, Kellie writes, "I allowed myself to get pretty depressed over what had happened (remember, the illness is contagious) but then I began to set certain limits on how far down I would let myself go. I allowed myself to get in touch with my feelings of remorse and self-pity, but dealt with them without getting into the revenge state of mind. I allowed myself to feel bad but I accepted that I was not going to destroy myself over it." First of all, depression is NOT contagious. It is a fact that those living with someone who is depressed are more susceptible to becoming depressed, but it is not contagious. Second of all, a depressed person CANNOT set limits on how far down they will let themselves go. That is the problem with depression, it's a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes a person to be depressed, and they CANNOT just "snap out of it [the depression]."