March 29, 2020

#BookReview: The Monster Under the Bed: Sex, Depression, and the Conversations We Aren’t Having by JoEllen Notte


Synopsis: Almost everyone has had some interaction with depression. Whether it’s you, a family member, a friend, or a partner who is affected, depression has the potential to touch us all. Even so, many of us don’t know how to handle depression becoming part of our love life and it can quickly become the monster under the bed. 

From “you have to love yourself first,” to “don’t stick it in the crazy,” to dead silence, popular responses to the topic leave much to be desired. But you’re not alone and you can have successful relationships and satisfying sex with depression. 

JoEllen Notte will help you understand how sexual function is affected by depression and what keeps us from effectively addressing it. Heavily informed by the author’s research, including surveys of over 1,000 people and interviews with close to 200, this is the first book of its kind. 

With practical tips and real-life examples, this is both a guidebook for people with depression and the people who love them, as well as a reference tool for mental health professionals.

Rating: ★★★★★
My Review: If you suffer from depression then this is the book for you. It gives wonderful information about dealing with all aspects of depression, sex, and of course the conversations you aren't having with your partner.  I really enjoyed the tips that the author gives and the work throughs so others understand. As well as giving you the tools to be open about how you feel etc. 









JoEllen Notte is a writer, speaker, sex educator, and mental health advocate whose work explores the impact of depression on sex and relationships. Since 2012 she has written about sex, mental health, and how none of us are broken on her award-winning site The Redhead Bedhead as well as for Glamour, The BBC, Bitch, PsychCentral, and more.









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