Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 17, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 326 pages
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A searing, raw memoir of depression that is ultimately uplifting and inspiring.

A successful magazine editor and prize-winning journalist, Sally Brampton launched Elle magazine in the UK in 1985. But behind the successful, glamorous career was a story that many of her friends and colleagues knew nothing about—her ongoing struggle with severe depression and alcoholism. Brampton's is a candid, tremendously honest telling of how she was finally able to "address the elephant in the room," and of a culture that sends the overriding message that people who suffer from depression are somehow responsible for their own illness. She offers readers a unique perspective of depression from the inside that is at times wrenching, but ultimately inspirational, as it charts her own coming back to life. Beyond her personal story, Brampton offers practical advice to all those affected by this illness. This book will resonate with any person whose life has been haunted by depression, at the same time offering help and understanding to those whose loved ones suffer from this debilitating condition.
 

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Contents

Myself So Far
12
Bedlam and Leeches
16
Throat Monsters and Other Terrors
26
SelfAbsorption and Symptoms
40
Losing My Balance
50
Breakdown
65
Its No Picnic
74
Leaving Hospital
86
The Second Loony Bin
174
Travels Through Therapy
197
Withdrawal
208
The Beginning of the End
223
Suicide the Last Goodbye
235
The Tipping Point
247
Making Sense
255
Turning Left
270

Fine Is a FourLetter Word
97
Genetics Family and Other Disorders
109
Home Is Another Country
125
Emotional Memory
138
What We Resist Persists
145
The Elephant in the Room
152
Who Am I?
168
The Useful Stuff
291
Coming Through
304
Notes
311
Helpful Reading
317
Thank You
319
Index
321
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About the author (2008)

Sally Brampton lives in London and is a highly acclaimed novelist, columnist, and journalist. She also teaches fashion at the Fashion Institute.

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