Epitaph: "She was either an original, productive member of society or a mentally ill leech."
At times, I've been labeled an award-winning humorist (Society of Professional Journalists), television sitcom writer (Writers Guild of America, West) and comic playwright (McLaren Festival). I've also been called mentally ill and seriously weird, intolerant, impractical, immature, lazy, entitled and, to cap it all off, "just too damn sensitive."
I am all of these things, yet none of them.
In a major game-changer, however, a few years ago Dr. Alexander Sherman read my e-rant "How a 52-year-old Neurotic....."* and informed me that I'm a creative genius. Not only that, he was able to get me disability benefits for this condition (therefore, I had to name the disorder after him).
*Reader Beware: This e-book is for psychologically complex, insane homosexual psychiatrist and British audiences only.
But other rave reviews are already in:
"Are Wendy's meds being adjusted?"-- Maddy A., reading teacher and sister-in-law
"Is my tax money supporting her again?"-- David A., doctor and brother
Here are some uncoerced reviews of "Hide & Seek: How I Laughed at Depression, Conquered My Fears and Found Happiness," my 2008 memoir, which was published by an award-winning independent press the day before it declared bankruptcy:
"In her efforts to subdue raging depression, TV and stage writer Aron tried to no avail virtually every mainstream and alternative remedy. Her adventures among the lunatic fringe are laugh-out-loud funny. In the end, Aron gets her life together by dismissing all of the 'miracle cures' and discovering herself. Anyone who has overcome recurring bouts with the blues will relish this comic self-help tale." --School Library Journal
"Sitcom writer Wendy Aron has written a hysterically funny book about a very unfunny subject: being paralyzed by depression. Perhaps more neurotic than Woody Allen and just as funny, Aron survives a year of self-help groups and therapy by homing in on the scariness and inanities of the meetings. This Jewish New Yorker's sharp, self-deprecating humor can dissolve suffering into laughter." --Hadassah Magazine
"Learning how to cope with hopelessness has never been so fun." --ForeWord