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30 review for Long Walk Out of the Woods: A Physician's Story of Addiction, Depression, Hope, and Recovery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Dr. Adams opened my eyes to how hard life is for doctors who deal with depression and recovery from addiction. I nearly skipped this book, though, because of the details of the attempted suicide. There is a lot of information about him treating cancer patients, which was interesting.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    One of those books you don't want to put down! Beautiful writing filled with compassion and perspective. A book that will help so many people in their own struggles! Everyone affected by mental health and/or addiction should read this book. One of those books you don't want to put down! Beautiful writing filled with compassion and perspective. A book that will help so many people in their own struggles! Everyone affected by mental health and/or addiction should read this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    Very well written book. Follow Adam on twitter so bought on a whim. Better than expected not for anything against Adam but I read a lot of autobiographical books by people I find on social media and it’s typically not this quality . It’s very personal and moving as well. In addition to a story of depression and addiction it certainly has furthered my belief that we need to support our physicians more . I am a doctor and I’m aware of the growing mental health issues, burnout, and suicide. I alrea Very well written book. Follow Adam on twitter so bought on a whim. Better than expected not for anything against Adam but I read a lot of autobiographical books by people I find on social media and it’s typically not this quality . It’s very personal and moving as well. In addition to a story of depression and addiction it certainly has furthered my belief that we need to support our physicians more . I am a doctor and I’m aware of the growing mental health issues, burnout, and suicide. I already have feelings that changes need to occur but this cemented it. I’ve also heard about how medical boards deal with mental health issues but this story was heartbreaking. I’m glad Adam ended up not being too negatively impacted by the medical boards actions!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    This was a surprisingly excellent read. If this guy wants to ever quit as an MD, I venture to say he could make it as a writer! Very poignant recounting of his struggles as a medical student/resident/MD with depression which led to addiction to alcohol. And he has put his experiences into creating a new program within his medical professional community that encourages safe space revelations shared with all and opt-out therapy programs, etc. Sounds as if he has translated his experience into prag This was a surprisingly excellent read. If this guy wants to ever quit as an MD, I venture to say he could make it as a writer! Very poignant recounting of his struggles as a medical student/resident/MD with depression which led to addiction to alcohol. And he has put his experiences into creating a new program within his medical professional community that encourages safe space revelations shared with all and opt-out therapy programs, etc. Sounds as if he has translated his experience into pragmatic improvements for all within his immediate environment within his profession. I applaud him for not only sharing his own journey, but literally doing something about it that is very proactive. Anxious to listen to and interact with him via Zoom next week!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Savannah

    I felt uncomfortable while reading this book, and I think it was because I could relate to the author's feelings of anxiety/depression. As a current medical student, I already see how the health care field stigmatizes mental health issues within its own population. Dr. Hill's narrative is so crucial to the wellbeing of health care professionals, and I hope that someday the health care field will be more accepting. I felt uncomfortable while reading this book, and I think it was because I could relate to the author's feelings of anxiety/depression. As a current medical student, I already see how the health care field stigmatizes mental health issues within its own population. Dr. Hill's narrative is so crucial to the wellbeing of health care professionals, and I hope that someday the health care field will be more accepting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alex T

    Stunning book with master class storytelling and an open, honest, raw vulnerability that won't let you put this book down. Everyone should read this book, as it really is a book about what makes us human and the stories we tell about each other. Stunning book with master class storytelling and an open, honest, raw vulnerability that won't let you put this book down. Everyone should read this book, as it really is a book about what makes us human and the stories we tell about each other.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aurelia

    I cannot compare Dr. Hill's writing to anything else I have ever read. A true gentleman in openness, perspective, and eloquence in his struggle with depression, alcoholism, and an active suicide plan due to professional pressures within the medical field that so often cautions against seeking mental health care. Dr. Hill's voice is naturally poetic. I reread so many passages within the book being that it is so beautifully written, and that applies to both the dark and the light of his life. I li I cannot compare Dr. Hill's writing to anything else I have ever read. A true gentleman in openness, perspective, and eloquence in his struggle with depression, alcoholism, and an active suicide plan due to professional pressures within the medical field that so often cautions against seeking mental health care. Dr. Hill's voice is naturally poetic. I reread so many passages within the book being that it is so beautifully written, and that applies to both the dark and the light of his life. I live in Northwest Indiana and finished this book during our Covid-19 pandemic. How timely as Hoosiers are approaching the anticipated peak in the next few weeks. I thought about him again and again as I read since he works at Indiana University's Riley Hospital for Children as a pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician. I wish him and all care providers the health and safety they need to physically perform their self-sacrificing duties, but most of all, that their mental and emotional welfare is consciously recognized. The essential support will be critical long after the virus is buried.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    An honest and touching story that shines a much needed light on the medical profession. Adam shared the darkest moments of his life and the struggle to feeling comfortable in his own skin, for what it sounds like the first time in his life. As a healthcare professional, it was alarming to hear some of the intricate details and questions asked of physicians. I’d much rather work with someone who has acknowledged their struggles vs. someone who continues to hide out of fear. As Adam pointed out, n An honest and touching story that shines a much needed light on the medical profession. Adam shared the darkest moments of his life and the struggle to feeling comfortable in his own skin, for what it sounds like the first time in his life. As a healthcare professional, it was alarming to hear some of the intricate details and questions asked of physicians. I’d much rather work with someone who has acknowledged their struggles vs. someone who continues to hide out of fear. As Adam pointed out, no one should have to make those decisions and I hope he continues the work he’s doing to change policies and expectations of physicians. Well written, heartfelt, and something I think all medical professionals, especially those just starting out, should read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    MADISON KAVANAUGH

    This book is a autobiography about a physician with a unique and powerful view on medicine. It’s also a call for empathy and acceptance for not only our patients but our colleagues. This book is for all medical providers and beyond. It highlights the struggle of medical providers to be “perfect” in an imperfect world. Dr. Hill connects to the world in a truly special way and he is not afraid to say the things that most of us internalize. I had the pleasure to see Dr. Hill speak recently and he h This book is a autobiography about a physician with a unique and powerful view on medicine. It’s also a call for empathy and acceptance for not only our patients but our colleagues. This book is for all medical providers and beyond. It highlights the struggle of medical providers to be “perfect” in an imperfect world. Dr. Hill connects to the world in a truly special way and he is not afraid to say the things that most of us internalize. I had the pleasure to see Dr. Hill speak recently and he has the power to spark a real change in medicine. Voices like his come around infrequently and we need to listen now.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Mcleod

    After finishing this well written and revealing book, I believe it should be required reading for every medical student and physicians in training. I commend Dr. Hill for his courage in exposing his vulnerability and his humanity. I find this concluding quote especially wise and inspiring: “In embracing the art of empathy, medicine has an extraordinary opportunity to heal. Because when it is all said and done, medicine heals when one person dedicates their time to earnestly listen to another perso After finishing this well written and revealing book, I believe it should be required reading for every medical student and physicians in training. I commend Dr. Hill for his courage in exposing his vulnerability and his humanity. I find this concluding quote especially wise and inspiring: “In embracing the art of empathy, medicine has an extraordinary opportunity to heal. Because when it is all said and done, medicine heals when one person dedicates their time to earnestly listen to another persons story.” Adam Hill demonstrates how the best healing occurs when healing goes both directions - healing of both patient and physician.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Dickerson

    Okay, whatever you’re doing STOP. Go now and read this book. Right now. It’s a game changer. This should be required reading for those in the service of medicine and beyond. Yes, the themes of depression, addiction, struggles with self worth and connection affect us ALL. But what’s so timely is the discussion about implicit bias and all the ways we categorize the people who cross our paths. We can, and should, not continue to work within systems that fail us. We need to find human connection, an Okay, whatever you’re doing STOP. Go now and read this book. Right now. It’s a game changer. This should be required reading for those in the service of medicine and beyond. Yes, the themes of depression, addiction, struggles with self worth and connection affect us ALL. But what’s so timely is the discussion about implicit bias and all the ways we categorize the people who cross our paths. We can, and should, not continue to work within systems that fail us. We need to find human connection, and in that, create systems that work for all.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Brewer

    This book was more of a suspenseful page-turner than any other book I've read in recent memory. I couldn't wait to find out what was happening next in Dr. Hill's recovery. Although this book deals with a number of difficult, painful, sensitive topics (and may be full of "triggers" for many readers) I found it hopeful and encouraging. There's light at the end of these woods. Read it! If you are prone to "triggers," read it with someone who supports you. I really could have finished this in one sit This book was more of a suspenseful page-turner than any other book I've read in recent memory. I couldn't wait to find out what was happening next in Dr. Hill's recovery. Although this book deals with a number of difficult, painful, sensitive topics (and may be full of "triggers" for many readers) I found it hopeful and encouraging. There's light at the end of these woods. Read it! If you are prone to "triggers," read it with someone who supports you. I really could have finished this in one sitting had my Saturday been as free as I would have liked! It's that good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Mize

    So much I did not know about the experiences this man faced as a child , teen and young adult. His battles with bullying, depression, sinking into mental illness are shared in a poignant, caring way. While his pain is evident througout the first part of the book, his growth as a person and as a doctor are such an important part of what he shares. The second part of the book shares his personal growth, but it is also a message of the profession in terms of compassionate treatment of patients in t So much I did not know about the experiences this man faced as a child , teen and young adult. His battles with bullying, depression, sinking into mental illness are shared in a poignant, caring way. While his pain is evident througout the first part of the book, his growth as a person and as a doctor are such an important part of what he shares. The second part of the book shares his personal growth, but it is also a message of the profession in terms of compassionate treatment of patients in the direst times. I'm glad I read it and will probably read it again before I pass it on to someone else who woould gain from his message. Thanks for sharing this Adam.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Dr. Hill does a great job of discussing his own addiction and recovery, but maybe the biggest take home message for me was his discussion of how the mental health of healthcare providers is handled. As someone who works in healthcare, I’ve seen the stigma, but didn’t realize how hard it is for physicians to practice after being in recovery. Highly recommend for anyone in the medical field.

  15. 4 out of 5

    trina

    Beautifully written and so honest. It feels to me like the first time a doctor in the medical community has stood up to share what has been previously considered such a taboo topic. I really hope this story changes the course for how doctors treat each other and treat themselves as it is absolutely needs to happen. So grateful to have read this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kay Lazar

    This book, written from a physician’s point of view, gave a clear explanation of our present culture. There is a strong chance that people with depression, alcoholism, and addiction can recover. By being empathetic to people, especially those who need extra, there is hope for everyone.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Haley

    Deeply moving.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon S-V

    Wonderful book about empathy, caring, love and resiliency; a book about humanity. Read it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    Dr. Hill's story as inspirational as it is informative about how we can approach our lives with greater empathy. Would absolutely recommend this book to anyone. Dr. Hill's story as inspirational as it is informative about how we can approach our lives with greater empathy. Would absolutely recommend this book to anyone.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A powerful book that everyone in medicine or who knows someone in medicine should read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Chiren

    A beautiful, vulnerable gift. I wanted to savor every word.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    This is a must read for anyone in medicine. If you have also been in leadership or work with HR, you’ll be able to see both sides. I admire and appreciate the honesty of the author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    2021 Read Harder Challenge #23: Read a book that demystifies a common mental illness

  24. 4 out of 5

    Meagan Ody

    The story was really provoking but I found it repetitive. Still, very awesome that a physician is standing up to the stigma about mental illness and addiction.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carolina Vogel

    Read in one sitting, couldn't put it down. Read in one sitting, couldn't put it down.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shana Zucker

    3.5 stars. TW graphic descriptions of suicidal ideation/attempts.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Miguel Reyes

    I was the guy sitting in the park reading the book with tears in his eyes. Not a great look but a great book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sehr Khan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lia Swanson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Neelam Sharma

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