The Other Side of Silence: A Psychiatrist's Memoir of Depression (Paperback)
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The Other Side of Silence: A Psychiatrist's Memoir of Depression (Paperback)

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'If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.'

George Eliot, Middlemarch

Having spent her life trying to patch up the souls of others, psychiatrist Linda Gask came to realise that being an expert in depression didn't confer any immunity from it - she had to learn take care of herself, too. Artfully crafted and told with warmth and honesty, this is the story of Linda's journey, interwoven with insights into her patients' diverse experiences of depression -inextricably linked with problems in the past and the present such as vulnerability, fear, loss, loneliness, dependence and grief. She sets out to convey, in a new and original way, how it truly feels to experience this devastating illness, what psychotherapy is about, and the role of medication- and provides hope for those who suffer from depression and their loved ones whilst busting the stigma of mental illness.

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
ISBN: 9781849537544
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'it completely captivated me. I couldn't put it down. What a compelling life story'

* Canadian Medical Association Journal Blog *

'This is an exceptional book and should be read by many, both doctors and patients.'

* BJPsych Bulletin, British Journal of Psychiatry *

'What is exceptional in this volume is the absolute sanity of its project. It is one of the least mad books on madness imaginable, and it most essentially promotes hopefulness in spite of its tales of real despair and disorientation.'

* BMJ Medical Humanities Journal Blog *

'The Other Side of Silence is a must read for those experiencing or interested in depression, and all who are training and working in psychiatry'

-- Fenella Lemonsky * The Lancet Psychiatry *

'a remarkable memoir.'

* The Morning Star *

'I highly recommend The Other Side of Silence if you want a real account and contemporary understanding of depression, particularly with the supporting knowledge of a medical perspective.'

* Rosie Claverton Blog *

'I really feel books like 'The Other Side of Silence' help demystify mental health... I always recommend such books to new staff as a "way in" to understanding mental health and mental illness. We now have another book on the shelf to help us open up conversations about "madness".'

-- Vanessa Pinfold, Research Director at the McPin Foundation

'A brave piece of writing'

* Purple Persuasion Blog *

'Linda is a brave and brilliant woman'

-- Kate Figes, Books Editor, YOU Magazine

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“A brilliant look at depression from both sides of the fence”

Linda Gask is an honest, down to earth psychiatrist, but her main gift is that she has suffered depression herself. It must have been hard at times to be facing other people’s pain and anguish when suffering silently,... More

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