According to, “At least one person in every six becomes depressed in the course of their lives.” Factor into these statistics the challenges of a mobile lifestyle and it’s easy to see why expats are vulnerable to depression.




by Laura J Stephens


“Stephens graciously takes us along on her downward spiral into depression, then details what helped as she makes her triumphant journey back.” – Linda A Janssen, author of The Emotionally Resilient Expat,

British psychotherapist, Laura J Stephens, had lived abroad before and believed that another intercontinental move, this time to a country where they spoke the same language, would be child’s play. How wrong she was!

“I quickly spiraled into a depression,” says Stephens, who struggled alone for some time. “I yearned for the understanding of someone who could help me make sense of what I was experiencing,” she recalls. Eventually, a therapist helped her through the dark days.

This candid and humorous memoir demonstrates that things don’t always go as expected – particularly with three kids in tow and an oft-absent husband. Setting up home in Houston placed Stephens in the eye of hurricane Ike, a frisky piano teacher and a crushing loss of identity as she came to terms with losing her hard-won career. Unafraid to share the truth of the ensuing depression and her recovery, this story will offer expatriates and those who have suffered similar episodes hope and inspiration.

“It was from a place of isolation that I was inspired to tell my story and use my therapeutic background to inform the insights which led to recovery,” she continues.

The memoir includes an extensive resources section and gives guidance on recognising, managing and seeking professional help for depression.


Publication date OCTOBER 2nd 2012

Price £9.99/€12/$15.75, Summertime Publishing

978-1904881803 (print); 978-1904881810 (kindle), 310 pp, paperback


For interviews with the author and to arrange review copies, images and excerpts of the book, please contact the author, Laura J Stephens on or the publisher, Jo Parfitt, at



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