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"In this autobiographical collection of thoughtful and poignant comic vignettes, Chisholm explores her experiences with depression, anxiety, and love ." —Booklist Just Peachy is a comic series that explores what the day-to-day is like with depression and/or anxiety. The all-too-real cartoon protagonist gives readers a character to empathize with, and helps explain some of t "In this autobiographical collection of thoughtful and poignant comic vignettes, Chisholm explores her experiences with depression, anxiety, and love ." —Booklist Just Peachy is a comic series that explores what the day-to-day is like with depression and/or anxiety. The all-too-real cartoon protagonist gives readers a character to empathize with, and helps explain some of the not often talked about consequences and symptoms of having depression. The comics also explore the themes of heartbreak, finding love, dealing with stress, and capturing the magical moments in life that keep us going. Through dark humor and cute illustrations, the subject matter becomes a bit more bearable, allowing for honest discussion about things like treatment and getting through anxiety attacks, and providing some comfort in times of struggle. For anyone affected by mental illness, Just Peachy shows that you are not alone. Simply put, this is an encouraging collection of comics about being just okay sometimes. “So brave of Holly Chisholm to share her struggles with mental health issues through this creative medium. Just Peachy will inspire others to connect to, navigate through, and recover from their own day-to-day trials and tribulations of living with a mental illness. Well done!” —Dr. Carlin Barnes and Dr. Marketa Wills, authors of Understanding Mental Illness and founders of Healthy Mind MDs


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"In this autobiographical collection of thoughtful and poignant comic vignettes, Chisholm explores her experiences with depression, anxiety, and love ." —Booklist Just Peachy is a comic series that explores what the day-to-day is like with depression and/or anxiety. The all-too-real cartoon protagonist gives readers a character to empathize with, and helps explain some of t "In this autobiographical collection of thoughtful and poignant comic vignettes, Chisholm explores her experiences with depression, anxiety, and love ." —Booklist Just Peachy is a comic series that explores what the day-to-day is like with depression and/or anxiety. The all-too-real cartoon protagonist gives readers a character to empathize with, and helps explain some of the not often talked about consequences and symptoms of having depression. The comics also explore the themes of heartbreak, finding love, dealing with stress, and capturing the magical moments in life that keep us going. Through dark humor and cute illustrations, the subject matter becomes a bit more bearable, allowing for honest discussion about things like treatment and getting through anxiety attacks, and providing some comfort in times of struggle. For anyone affected by mental illness, Just Peachy shows that you are not alone. Simply put, this is an encouraging collection of comics about being just okay sometimes. “So brave of Holly Chisholm to share her struggles with mental health issues through this creative medium. Just Peachy will inspire others to connect to, navigate through, and recover from their own day-to-day trials and tribulations of living with a mental illness. Well done!” —Dr. Carlin Barnes and Dr. Marketa Wills, authors of Understanding Mental Illness and founders of Healthy Mind MDs

30 review for Just Peachy: Comics About Depression, Anxiety, Love, and Finding the Humor in Being Sad

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This was absolutely great and extremely relatable. For some reason this was the second book about anxiety that I read today, the other one being Thin Slices of Anxiety: Observations and Advice to Ease a Worried Mind and I realize how much better this one is. It delves a lot deeper into anxiety and is both funny and insightful. These are the types of comics that help you feel less alone. Would recommend 100% This was absolutely great and extremely relatable. For some reason this was the second book about anxiety that I read today, the other one being Thin Slices of Anxiety: Observations and Advice to Ease a Worried Mind and I realize how much better this one is. It delves a lot deeper into anxiety and is both funny and insightful. These are the types of comics that help you feel less alone. Would recommend 100%

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    The cover assures us of “Comics About Depression, Anxiety, Love, and Finding the Humor in Being Sad”. Ah-yup. That's exactly what we’ve got here. Holly Chisholm was diagnosed with depression and ADHD, and turned to comics as a way of working through her feelings. Although I am neither depressed nor do I have ADHD, I am closely acquainted with several people who are either or both. Chisholm definitely speaks from experience, as far as I can tell. There's an appealing mix of comedy and pathos in th The cover assures us of “Comics About Depression, Anxiety, Love, and Finding the Humor in Being Sad”. Ah-yup. That's exactly what we’ve got here. Holly Chisholm was diagnosed with depression and ADHD, and turned to comics as a way of working through her feelings. Although I am neither depressed nor do I have ADHD, I am closely acquainted with several people who are either or both. Chisholm definitely speaks from experience, as far as I can tell. There's an appealing mix of comedy and pathos in these strips. I can imagine someone diagnosed with depression or ADHD reading these and saying, “Yes! This woman gets it!” I don't know. This book is a bit on the quiet side. There's nothing gut-bustingly funny, but it's definitely fun and appealing. I really like the point of view in these strips. Recommended!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    This book is all right, but it just comes off lukewarm when I compare it to Maureen Wilson's Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety, which I read recently. I did enjoy the few bits with the Mental Health Fairy. I feel like I have been that character to people in my life. This book is all right, but it just comes off lukewarm when I compare it to Maureen Wilson's Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety, which I read recently. I did enjoy the few bits with the Mental Health Fairy. I feel like I have been that character to people in my life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julia Sapphire

    2.5 stars TW: Anxiety and Depression This graphic novel explores the topics of anxiety and depression and tries to add a comedic component to it. There are little comics about these illnesses and with a personified version of depression, almost like a grim reaper type of thing. This was just okay in my opinion, I could see what the author was trying to do but it was more of a miss for me. The art style was very nice and I loved the little accents with the colour peach. A lot of the comics con 2.5 stars TW: Anxiety and Depression This graphic novel explores the topics of anxiety and depression and tries to add a comedic component to it. There are little comics about these illnesses and with a personified version of depression, almost like a grim reaper type of thing. This was just okay in my opinion, I could see what the author was trying to do but it was more of a miss for me. The art style was very nice and I loved the little accents with the colour peach. A lot of the comics contradicted one another which is where I had some issues. Overall, it wasn't bad but it lacked for me in a few areas.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    These short cartoons aren't thigh-slappers, aren't all funny. What they are is useful illustrations in comics and cartoons. Holly Chisolm begins, in her Introduction, with her own mental health saga, and in four thematic chapters of page-length cartoon strips, documents feelings of: depression; anxiety; love and relationships; and growth. None of this is the last word on any of this. Most useful is her page/list of Resources (quoting): "Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 Crisis Text Line: 741741 Onlin These short cartoons aren't thigh-slappers, aren't all funny. What they are is useful illustrations in comics and cartoons. Holly Chisolm begins, in her Introduction, with her own mental health saga, and in four thematic chapters of page-length cartoon strips, documents feelings of: depression; anxiety; love and relationships; and growth. None of this is the last word on any of this. Most useful is her page/list of Resources (quoting): "Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 Crisis Text Line: 741741 Online Therapy/Coaching betterhelp.com talkspace.com hellopriizm.com App I use for Anxiety and Addiction Headspace - Meditation app I am Sober - Addiction Tracking App Notepad - to write down my thoughts ProCreate - How I draw all my comics Podcasts ... Books that have Helped Me" ... [4 listed]. You get the idea. Just Peachy, an increasingly important combination of self-help, memoir, and comics, is brief, visually appealing, and useful. Recommended. I received an Advanced Reader Copy, of galley, at my workplace, the Carlos Museum Bookshop. The book will be published in March, 2019.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sonja P.

    A short book of comics about depression and anxiety and relationships, drawn simply and effectively. The more we talk about mental illness, the more we bring it into the light, the more people who will live. I believe that and I loved the dark humor, sweetness, and truth here.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melle

    Gentler and less intense than Allie Brosh's iconic Hyperbole and a Half but still just as honest and compassionate in its depiction of life with mental illness, Holly Chisholm's Just Peachy is another volume that helps tear down the taboo of mental illness and helps readers feel less alone. Recommended especially for fans of Sarah Andersen (Sarah's Scribbles) and Gemma Correll (The Worrier's Guide to Life). Mental illness sucks, but none of us face it alone, thanks to wonderful artists like thes Gentler and less intense than Allie Brosh's iconic Hyperbole and a Half but still just as honest and compassionate in its depiction of life with mental illness, Holly Chisholm's Just Peachy is another volume that helps tear down the taboo of mental illness and helps readers feel less alone. Recommended especially for fans of Sarah Andersen (Sarah's Scribbles) and Gemma Correll (The Worrier's Guide to Life). Mental illness sucks, but none of us face it alone, thanks to wonderful artists like these.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather H.

    A quick, easy read. Still, some of the comics really hit home as someone who lives with depression and anxiety on a day to day basis.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Misti

    A collection of comics about life with depression and anxiety. Many of these images spoke to my own experience, so I'd recommend this book if you have experience with anxiety and depression, or if you don't, and are interested in knowing what it's like for some people. This is a very quick read, so much so that I almost feel badly about counting it in my total for the year, but hey, a book is a book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Just lovely.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Zoë Luna Micah Ford

    i read this in a waiting room. it was cute and really made me take a good look at my own mental health and the healthy ways i can deal with my issues.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vishal Katariya

    Oh my god, so good.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Recommended for fans of Sarah Andersen and Allie Brosh. Books of comics about hard, uncomfortable subjects like depression and anxiety are somehow very comforting. I guess it’s the juxtaposition of the cute, adorable drawings and their subject matter. It’s a lot easier and more accessible for people to read through one of these comic books than, say, self-help or psychology books. They’re less intense (both mentally and as a time investment), less intimidating, and more inviting and embracing it Recommended for fans of Sarah Andersen and Allie Brosh. Books of comics about hard, uncomfortable subjects like depression and anxiety are somehow very comforting. I guess it’s the juxtaposition of the cute, adorable drawings and their subject matter. It’s a lot easier and more accessible for people to read through one of these comic books than, say, self-help or psychology books. They’re less intense (both mentally and as a time investment), less intimidating, and more inviting and embracing it seems. I hadn’t heard of Just Peachy comics before (I just saw this in my library’s new additions list), but I’m definitely going to check out her Instagram (@justpeachycomics). In this autobiographical collection, Chisholm walks through the various medications and coping mechanisms that have been prescribed or suggested to since her depression diagnosis. She shows the ups and downs of living with depression and anxiety and stresses the importance of never giving up and always making sure that you never lose track of how far you’ve come and just trying to do a little more tomorrow. I think it’s great that she gives so many options to readers who might be dealing with similar issues and feelings (examples: journal, make art, go outside, exercise, spend time with your pet/family/loved one). Like with anything else, you just have to experiment and find what works and feels best for you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Sylvia

    This little diddy walked into my store today, and I had to put my current read on hold to go through it. And ya'll, am I so glad I did. While these cartoons are not the funniest things you'll read, they are raw, real, honest, and yes amusing and adorable. To use some millennial vernacular, they were relatable af. As a way to help battle my depression and anxiety, I tend to find the humor in my mental health, and this book was a great reflection of how I do so. It is a short read, but I deffs rec This little diddy walked into my store today, and I had to put my current read on hold to go through it. And ya'll, am I so glad I did. While these cartoons are not the funniest things you'll read, they are raw, real, honest, and yes amusing and adorable. To use some millennial vernacular, they were relatable af. As a way to help battle my depression and anxiety, I tend to find the humor in my mental health, and this book was a great reflection of how I do so. It is a short read, but I deffs recommend it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Extra points for the resource page in the back, with hotline phone numbers, "Apps I use for anxiety and addiction," podcasts, and "Books that have helped me."

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lake Villa District Library

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I read Holly Chisholm's Just Peachy book in under an hour. Savoring each picture and each moment of Holly's journal.. relating to some experiences and laughing or crying inside.. Thank you for capturing these moments of yours Holly and sharing with the world. This is a gem of a book for showing how amazing and yet how frail human beings are.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fauziah Hafidha

    Such an interesting way to tell about depression. I can relate to some stories although I think I'm not a person with depression -just a person with overthinking and worries :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nadina

    Somewhat relatable, somewhat sad. These were really cute comics. I like how it was broken into chapters.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Relatable books like this are so important. Excited to follow her on Instagram.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megan Rosol

    A nice, funny, thoughtful graphic novel for when you feel you might be in a reading slump.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Holly Chisholm's personal insights about experiencing depression and anxiety were used to create cute, relatable comics that I found to be relaxing to read despite their moments of being very "close-to-home". I was diligently drinking a bottle of water as I read the panels where "The mental health fairy," commands her to drink more water despite her already drinking water. I laughed out loud at the inadvertently reflected realism. Overall, the book was a quick read that did not bring tears (as th Holly Chisholm's personal insights about experiencing depression and anxiety were used to create cute, relatable comics that I found to be relaxing to read despite their moments of being very "close-to-home". I was diligently drinking a bottle of water as I read the panels where "The mental health fairy," commands her to drink more water despite her already drinking water. I laughed out loud at the inadvertently reflected realism. Overall, the book was a quick read that did not bring tears (as the darker subjects were balanced by cute illustrations) nor much laughter, but definitely grazed lightly across my emotional center through both ends of the spectrum. The last illustration of the book was of the all too familiar mountain of overcoming mental health issues. When I closed the book, I thought to myself, "Holly did a really good thing here." It helps people to see relatable stories full of helpful coping mechanisms and positive thinking to balance out the effects of negative thinking while depressed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I'm now like 2 weeks out from reading this, but sometimes that's good--it's forcing me to recall what was memorable about this sort of-comic memoir. I didn't love this, but didn't hate it, either. It was unapologetically (maybe even intentionally) unfunny most of the time, but that's okay because mental health usually is pretty unfunny. It's not always necessary to cope with it using humor. I appreciated Chisholm's frankness about her struggles and how she's coping, that it's not necessarily a l I'm now like 2 weeks out from reading this, but sometimes that's good--it's forcing me to recall what was memorable about this sort of-comic memoir. I didn't love this, but didn't hate it, either. It was unapologetically (maybe even intentionally) unfunny most of the time, but that's okay because mental health usually is pretty unfunny. It's not always necessary to cope with it using humor. I appreciated Chisholm's frankness about her struggles and how she's coping, that it's not necessarily a linear path and this comic represented a small piece of the larger picture. However, maybe there was too much focus on the minutiae of depression. It's also okay that didn't especially resonate with me. I think the only time I felt truly interested in Chisholm's writing was when I read her author blurb, because it seemed like she lived this interesting, varied life when she's not hyperfocused on depression. The other thing I appreciated was the list of mental health resources at the back.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelcey

    This is another great contribution to the literature that is helping to bring anxiety and depression into the normal scope of book content. These are comics, but they aren't ha-ha comics. They are visual representations of the normalcy of living with anxiety and depression. Some of these really hit home and every time I read a work covering anxiety, I find one more example of "oh. yeah, yeah I have had that happen. And wow, it really is not just me. It is something else others struggle with and This is another great contribution to the literature that is helping to bring anxiety and depression into the normal scope of book content. These are comics, but they aren't ha-ha comics. They are visual representations of the normalcy of living with anxiety and depression. Some of these really hit home and every time I read a work covering anxiety, I find one more example of "oh. yeah, yeah I have had that happen. And wow, it really is not just me. It is something else others struggle with and I am not alone." Page 53 is me, all the time and I somehow didn't realize that was another symptom of anxiety, but also now that I think about it, yeah, yeah it does. Also the mental health fairy XD Holly Chisholm, thank you for sharing your experience!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    I feel like there's enough books like this for there to be a genre: mental health web comic strip in book form. There is more structure than say, the Sarah Andersen books, in that there is a bit of a story happening: the creator's journey with mental illness. I'm definitely a fan of reading about others struggles with mental illness in comics form and I find comfort in it, but this one really doesn't stand out to me (aside from the separation between depression and anxiety). If this genre appeal I feel like there's enough books like this for there to be a genre: mental health web comic strip in book form. There is more structure than say, the Sarah Andersen books, in that there is a bit of a story happening: the creator's journey with mental illness. I'm definitely a fan of reading about others struggles with mental illness in comics form and I find comfort in it, but this one really doesn't stand out to me (aside from the separation between depression and anxiety). If this genre appeals to you then you might enjoy it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    5/5 stars. I would recommend this to someone else (actually I've done it to 2 friends already tonight) who have depression or anxiety, or have a family or friend with the diagnoses. Chisholm writes a very relate-able, (which in this case makes some comics humorous and others feel like she read my thought...), but in all accurately depict how controlling depression and anxiety can be, and how hard those afflicted with them must fight to have some iota of control over their lives and happenings.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Turk

    To tell you the truth, I will almost always flip through any comic related books relating to anxiety, depression or really anything burdening that almost all of us go through. This one was worth the flip. This woman gets the shit of dealing with both the mental and physical obstacles of life. One of the best things that I got from reading this book was hope; other gems I discovered were a handful of helpful resources when dealing with anxiety and depression, and validity. Bless this author, as I To tell you the truth, I will almost always flip through any comic related books relating to anxiety, depression or really anything burdening that almost all of us go through. This one was worth the flip. This woman gets the shit of dealing with both the mental and physical obstacles of life. One of the best things that I got from reading this book was hope; other gems I discovered were a handful of helpful resources when dealing with anxiety and depression, and validity. Bless this author, as I am sure this book will bless you as well.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    This little collection of comics only took about an hour to get through, if that, but it was a nice hour of reflection and understanding. Holly Chisholm gives us brief snippets into her life dealing with depression and anxiety, and how she came to terms with it. Her concise words and pictures reach out and gives understanding to those dealing with issues themselves, or friends and family with mental health struggles.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Hildebrand

    So great to see non-fiction graphic novels popping up on my library's shelves. Not everyone who wants to learn more about mental illnesses are willing to sit down to a 400 page book with clinical descriptions. Holly Chisholm does a great job of drawing the reader into her reality, where its okay to be who you are. The more books on depression & anxiety the better ~ Gooo !! Mental Health Awareness !! So great to see non-fiction graphic novels popping up on my library's shelves. Not everyone who wants to learn more about mental illnesses are willing to sit down to a 400 page book with clinical descriptions. Holly Chisholm does a great job of drawing the reader into her reality, where its okay to be who you are. The more books on depression & anxiety the better ~ Gooo !! Mental Health Awareness !!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bianca Orellana

    Having recently been diagnosed with low-grade depression, and loving someone who has panic attacks and anxiety, this little book was a comforting, relatable, and often funny read. I especially loved the helpful advice, links, and numbers at the end of the book for people who may be struggling with depression or anxiety. This book just might save someone's life. I know it saved the life of the author, and that's very inspiring.

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