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Author Merkin, Daphne, author.

Title This close to happy : a reckoning with depression / Daphne Merkin.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.

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Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Merkin,D MER    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 MERKIN,D    Available
 PAS Lamanda Park Branch Non-Fiction    92 MERKIN,D    Available
 PAS Santa Catalina Branch Non-Fiction    92 MERKIN,D    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description 288 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
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Summary "This Close to Happy is the 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. "-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Merkin, Daphne -- Mental health.
Postpartum depression -- Treatment.
Postpartum depression -- United States -- Biography.
Depressed persons -- Biography.
Women -- Health and hygiene.
Psychotherapist and patient.
ISBN 9780374140366 (hardback)
0374140367 (hardback)

 
    
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