Depression Does Not Mean Suicidal

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New book reveals the “dark” side of life and what trusting the system can do to a relatively sane person.

Depression does not mean suicidal.

When author Vicki Hart Halleland filed for disability benefits about a year ago, due to her depression and anxiety problems, she had no idea that she was entering her worst nightmare. She shares her comedic and tragic experience in You’re Taking Me Where?

“Depression does not mean suicidal.” Halleland has dealt with depression virtually all of her life. She has had a lot to deal with—her breast cancer, her husband being diagnosed with Parkinson’s and more. Although her life may not have been smooth sailing, she had no reason to end it all. Yes, she was depressed, but she was not the only person in the world to suffer from this disease. However, within a twenty-minute conversation with Dr. R.—the psychologist that the caseworker recommended—she has come to the conclusion that the author is indeed suicidal and immediately orders her to go to a psychiatric hospital. This is where the nightmare begins.

In You’re Taking Me Where?, Halleland reveals the “dark” side of life and what trusting the system can do to a relatively sane person. She shares her experience inside the mental institution and the damage that a short twenty-seven hours did to unravel the two years of therapy that she spent with Dr. Hall, her personal psychologist. The author lets readers inside her thoughts as her anxieties grew and shows them how she used humor to cope with her depression. If she didn’t laugh at it all, she would have lost it and cried the whole time.

The author has been able to control her depression with medication, support from family and friends, and of course, with the help of a caring and compassionate therapist. Although her experience was a terrible and frightening ordeal, Halleland used humor and sarcastic wit to turn it around. For more information on her entertaining autobiographical account, log on to

About the Author
Vicki was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. Vicki loves to travel, but her roots are grounded in Florida. She has been married to her husband, Ernie for over 23 years. They have three children, Joey, Brittany and Ashlee. She is one of the millions who suffer with depression and has made her recent unpleasant mishap with the Mental Health profession into a story of comedy and desperation, of what she went through, and her struggle to carry on with laughter and sarcastic wit. She resides in Fort Lauderdale.

YOU’RE TAKING ME WHERE? * by Vicki Hart Halleland
Publication Date: June 16, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 205 pages; 978-1-4535-2047-5
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 205 pages; 978-1-4535-2048-2
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-2049-9

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