'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 doesn’t confer any immunity from it – she had to learn to focus on her own depression and 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. It sets out to convey, in a new and original way, how depression truly feels, and to challenge the stigma that still surrounds this life-shattering illness.
‘People who have been depressed, or lived with depression in the family, will recognise the self-doubt, the gnawing anxiety and the brave public face, though not all reach the self-acceptance that she finally manages. Linda Gask has achieved something unusual: a book about depression that is both personal and scientifically sound.’ -- Louis Appelby, former UK mental health czar
‘Brave, bold and poignant – but above all a first in bringing together the intricate web and weave of being simultaneously a doctor, a patient and an academic.’ -- Professor Dame Susan Bailey, Royal College of Psychiatrists
‘Honest, vivid, powerful… anyone who has struggled with what are called ‘common mental health problems’ will identify with this book.’ -- Carolyn Chew-Graham, GP and Professor of General Practice Research, University of Keele
About the Author:
Linda Gask trained in Medicine in Edinburgh and is Emerita Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Manchester. She has worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the North of England over the last 25 years. Now semi-retired, she lives in a stone house in the Pennines and also spends time in Orkney.