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Scar

Scar
A fearless, candid memoir interweaving the author's descent into depression with a medical and cultural history of this illness.
"The book will be passed from person to person, within families, from doctor to doctor. It will really help people... This is a book that will really matter." - Colm Toibin
Our Price: €16.00
ISBN/EAN9781843517603
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Publisher: The Lilliput Press Ltd
Pub. Date: April 30 2019
Author: CREGAN, MARY
Format: Paperback
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At the age of twenty-seven, married, living in New York, and working in book design, Mary Cregan gives birth to her first child, a daughter she names Anna. But it's apparent that something is terribly wrong and two days later, Anna dies, plunging Cregan into suicidal despair. Decades later, sustained by her work, a second marriage, and a son, Cregan reflects on and attempts to make sense of this pivotal experience.

Weaving together literature and research with details from her long-buried medical records, she writes of her own ordeal and the still-visible scar of a suicide attempt- while considering it as part of a larger history of our understanding of depression. She investigates the treatments she underwent, from hospitalization and shock therapy to psychotherapy and antidepressants.

At once intimate and scholarly, The Scar illuminates a too often stigmatised affliction with compassion and intelligence and offers hope to all those who are still struggling.
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