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Everything Is Ok by Debbie Tung

Everything Is Ok

Author: Debbie Tung

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 208

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Publication Date: September 27th 2022

Synopsis of Everything Is Ok (Goodreads)

From the bestselling author of Quiet Girl in a Noisy World comes a gently humorous and poignant collection of comics about anxiety and depression—because sometimes even the simple things like getting out of bed every day feel like an uphill battle.

Everything Is OK by Debbie Tung is the story of Debbie Tung’s struggle with anxiety and her experience with depression. She shares what it’s like navigating life, overthinking every possible worst-case scenario, and constantly feeling like all hope is lost.

The book explores her journey to understanding the importance of mental health in her day-to-day life and how she learns to embrace the highs and lows when things feel out of control. Debbie opens up about deeply personal issues and the winding road to recovery, discovers the value of self-love, and rebuilds a more mindful relationship with her mental health.

In this graphic memoir, Debbie aims to provide positive and comforting messages to anyone who is facing similar difficulties or is just trying to get through a tough time in life. She hopes to encourage readers to be kinder to themselves, to know that they are not alone, and that it’s okay to be vulnerable because they are not defined by their mental health struggles. The dark clouds won’t be there forever. Everything will turn out all right.

My Thoughts About Everything Is Ok

I am a fan of Debbie Tung’s works. I loved her previous books Book Love and Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story. There is no doubt that she is an extremely talented artist.

While her previous books were funny and quirky, Everything Is Ok, in contrast, is heavy, taking a serious tone.

In Everything Is Ok, Debbie Tung is opening up about her journey with anxiety and depression. This book starts with when she is beginning to feel the signs of burnout and depression. She is constantly feeling the need to push herself and overwork because, sadly, she feels like she is not good enough. She has the urge to prove herself to others because she wants to feel worthy. She is also having a hard time doing her freelance job and managing a career as an artist. As a result of all these, she is feeling overwhelmed and burnt out.

Even though she is in denial at first, she eventually accepts the fact that she needs help. This book showcases her journey how she took help to overcome her depression and anxiety.

If that description wasn’t enough for you to read this book, I will list 5 reasons why you must read Everything Is Ok by Debbie Tung:

1. This book tells you what depression feels like:

Art Credit- Debbie Tung

Debbie Tung has done a fantastic job in visually depicting what severe anxiety and depression feels like. At times it felt like she was telling a story about me because, even though we all have different journeys with depression but still, the things she were saying is quite relatable to all of us, I am sure of that. She expressed very eloquently with her drawings and words what it feels to feel overwhelmed, to have a panic attack, to feel like you’re not good enough, to overwork so that you can prove your worth.

If you are someone who is young or is feeling anxious or depressed for the first time, I think this book can work as a guide for you in helping to understand what is depression. Please keep in mind that this book cannot work as a diagnosis or treatment for you but it can definitely help you to understand what depression is in general.

2. This book tells us to be kind to ourselves:

Art Credit- Debbie Tung

If anyone is harsh to ourselves, it is us. We are so hard upon ourselves and this book tells you to stop doing that. The author started to see how hard she was being with herself and eventually learnt to be kind to herself, and things started to feel better after that.

3. This book tells us it is brave to ask for help:

Art Credit- Debbie Tung

After struggling alone for many months, she finally went to a therapist and this changed her life. We all feel hesitant and uncertain to call out for help. For the most part, we live in denial that we need help. We fail to see that it is not cowardly to ask for help. In fact, it is very brave to accept that you need help. If we won’t ask for help, we will never begin to heal.

4. This book tells us we are not alone:

Art Credit- Debbie Tung

The author felt like she was all alone in this journey but she came to terms that many more people feels the same way as we do. Everyone is struggling in their own way and we shouldn’t feel like we are alone in this journey. Every one of us are trying to fight off our own demons.

5. This book is hopeful:

Art Credit- Debbie Tung

Despite being a book that shows the true colors of depression, this book is actually quite hopeful. The author changed after her sessions with her therapist and started feeling hopeful again. Mind you, depression wasn’t eradicated from her life but she started to manage it and handle it better than before and that made all the difference.

Do I even need to say it that I highly recommend this book? I hope you got that gist from the review. 🙂

My Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

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