Life After Darkness: A Doctor's Journey Through Severe Depression

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Radcliffe Publishing, 2006 - Medical - 219 pages
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Life After Darkness is the remarkable and moving story of a doctor and mother of four who endured seven years of severe depression. Self-harm, attempted suicides and admissions to psychiatric units culminated in her resorting to brain surgery as a final attempt to escape her illness. The story of Cathy Wield covers the horrors of time spent in archaic institutions and the loss of any hope, to a full recovery following surgery. Today she has returned to her career and rediscovered the joys of life and her family. This story is one of hope from an often hidden and stigmatized disease.

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This book was very well written. Cathy's son Jonathan was actually the person who gave me the book to read. From the point when i first picked up the book to the time that i put it down, i was hooked on it. I think that i may have read it in about 3 days. By using a large amount of her own personal diary entries you really get a feel for her emotions and thoughts at the time. Although i didnt understand much of the medical language i still understood the point of what she was trying to get across. Being able to hear personal stories from Jonathan and reading them at the same time in the book brought me such a new view on a life with depression. I cried many times through this book and really felt for this family, and even still reading it almost 5 months ago. Cathy is such a brave and amazing woman and i respect her so much for digging back into her past to write this book. It must have been hard, i know it was for her children. This book changed my perspective and my heart. Even if you arent interested in the subject of depression i highly suggest that you read this book. When i read it i wasnt all that interested in the subject, but i got so much out of it. Peace and blessings be to the entire Wield family. Thanks so much for writing this book Cathy, i hope one day i may have the chance to meet you. 


A promising future
Working mother
Falling into the pit
Time is no great healer
Freely consenting?
Concerns for everyone
Torture made perfect
The therapeutic environment
North of the border 9 7
The padded cell
Impatient and in disgrace
Interminable battle
The Health Commissionersvisit
Mayflower or high security prisoner
A date at last
Never a dull moment

Attempt at a slow death
Last resort
Winter of discontent
The new millennium
Summer pain and shame
Dear Diary
The end of the road
Future considerations
In sickness and in health
Directory of organisations

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About the author (2006)

Cathy Wield hosts seminars for churches and other organizations on the topic of mental health from a Christian perspective, and has also run a session at the Christian Resources Exhibition. She has been interviewed on several occasions with UCB and Premier radio, and she regularly writes articles on her experiences.

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