A River Should be in Motion

Memories and conversations about anxiety and depression

As a twelve-year-old, Anne Lise Marstrand-Jørgensen was diagnosed with depression by a psychiatrist. At 20, the same psychiatrist advised her to prepare for a life time of being medicated for the condition. At this point she took matters into her own hands. She weaned herself off the medication and instead investigated alternative treatments and therapy.

Today, Anne Lise Marstrand-Jørgensen is well. Part of her secret is that she has taught herself, over the years during which she’s had to live with it, that the darknes is a alluring possibility as well as a threatening abyss. Everyday follows a routine, established to keep the mind level. Her personal approach is, in all its simplicity: meditation, breathing practice, physical exercise, art, to turn her gaze out on the world instead of in on herself. And in addition, many, many years of different types of therapy.

This deeply personal book is a both a series of conversations with professionals who are researching various pathways to improve the lives of those living with anxiety and depression, and an account of the author’s own experiences of managing her health.

Anne Lise Marstrand grounds herself in art and literature, and in this crack salvation from the burdens of life can be found.

Barbara Rugholm, Literatursiden

One of the best and most nuanced books on anxiety and depression that I have read in a long time.