Tracey Maxfield

Depression, anxiety, PTSD, and suicide are on the rise brought on by the global pandemic, as well as by the natural disasters, social injustices, political, and personal stressors. While we are all in this together to a certain extent, those with a genetic predisposition to are struggling even more. Add in the fact that disinformation and conspiracy theories are at an all time high, and it’s enough for even the most mentally healthy person to sink into despair. This show will give your hope, healing, and practical tips to make yourself – or those you care about – feel better.


Top take-a-ways:

  • Reactive depression vs. genetic depression and how sometimes strategies that worked for genetic depression are not enough in the face of catastrophe.
  • The power of journaling, and how to release your deepest fears.
  • You are not alone. Manage the uncertainty one day, one moment, or one zoom call at a time.
  • Embrace each day as it comes, make right now the best it can be, given the tools you have, stop focusing on what may happen, and focus on what is right in front of you.
  • Understand the power of words, and the human tendency to remember the negative above the positive.

On August 20, 2015, after enduring years of intense workplace stress, bullying and harassment, Tracey Maxfield, a hard working, highly skilled, caring and compassionate nurse, hurtled headfirst down into an abyss of darkness, despair, pain and sorrow (she affectionately named the rabbit hole). Despite being no stranger to depression having made its acquaintance many times throughout the years, nothing could have prepared her for what was about to happen to her life, her heart, her soul, her very being.

Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my journey through depression is a brutally honest, raw, and vivid description of what life is like after experiencing an acute depressive episode. Through a series of blog posts, journal entries and a letter to self, Tracey shares the excruciating emotional and physical pain she endured, the never-ending feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and sadness which left her inert and unable to function, and her ongoing battle against DBS (death by suicide). Every single day, she had to make a choice, to fight the battle to live, or to surrender and die. She chose to live, and so began her most difficult and challenging life journey yet, to try and escape the rabbit hole.

This book is a must read for anyone living with depression or caring for someone with depression, and for anyone who wants to know more about this greatly misunderstood mental health illness. Tracey shows us that words can be powerful and healing, and with time, it is possible to emerge from the rabbit hole of darkness and despair and reclaim your life. This is a story of courage, of hope, and of never giving up.

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