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This close to happy: a reckoning with depression

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This Close to Happy is the rare, vividly personal account of what it feels like to suffer from clinical depression, written from a woman's perspective and informed by an acute understanding of the implications of this disease over a lifetime. Taking off from essays on depression she has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, Daphne Merkin casts her eye back to her beginnings to try to sort out the root causes of her affliction. She recounts the travails of growing up in a large, affluent family where there was a paucity of love and of basics such as food and clothing despite the presence of a chauffeur and a cook. She goes on to recount her early hospitalization for depression in poignant detail, as well as her complex relationship with her mercurial, withholding mother.Along the way Merkin also discusses her early, redemptive love of reading and gradual emergence as a writer. She eventually marries, has a child, and suffers severe postpartum depression, for which she is again hospitalized. Merkin also discusses her visits to various therapists and psychopharmocologists, which enables her to probe the causes of depression and its various treatments. The book ends in the present, where the writer has learned how to navigate her depression, if not "cure" it, after a third hospitalization in the wake of her mother's death.
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9780374140366
9781504773133
9781538404362
9780374711917
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Last Update 2018-05-21 22:53:12PM
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Depressed persons -- Biography, Merkin, Daphne -- Mental health, Postpartum depression -- Treatment, Postpartum depression -- United States -- Biography, Psychotherapist and patient, Women -- Health and hygiene
title_display This close to happy : a reckoning with depression
title_full This Close to Happy A Reckoning with Depression, This close to happy : a reckoning with depression / Daphne Merkin
title_short This close to happy :
title_sub a reckoning with depression
topic_facet Audiobooks, Biography & Autobiography, Depressed persons, Health and hygiene, Medical, Mental health, Merkin, Daphne, Nonfiction, Postpartum depression, Psychology, Psychotherapist and patient, Treatment, Women