Bloodletting: A Memoir of Secrets, Self-harm and Survival

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Allen & Unwin, Mar 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography
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Bloodletting/ - , letting/ n.

1. Phlebotomy, the act or process of letting blood or bleeding, as by opening a vein or artery.

2. Outmoded medical practice used as a cure for illnesses ranging from fevers to hysteria.

Bloodletting is a frank, compelling and at times darkly humorous memoir boldly challenging the silence surrounding one of mental health's last taboos.

A close relative of bulimia and anorexia, it is estimated that up to 1 per cent of the population has intentionally harmed itself - yet for the most part it is a behaviour that goes unspoken, dismissed as the attention-seeking actions of prison in-mates or delinquent teenagers.

If you had run into Victoria on the street during her darkest days you would never have known the torment she endured. Confident, polite and articulate she could have been your sister, your workmate, your friend, your lover.

Yet from her late teens and throughout her twenties Victoria Leatham struggled with the overwhelming desire to hurt herself, a desire that was all-consuming and shaped every aspect of her life. And while not everyone who feels stressed, insecure or depressed will physically turn upon themselves, anyone who has ever felt out of control will recognise the logic that drove her.

Today Victoria is a happy, successful 30-something professional who only occasionally glances sideways at the bathroom cabinet.
 

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Amazing
A true, vivid, real account of what happens, can be triggering though for recovering cutters

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
8
Chapter 3
15
Chapter 4
27
Chapter 5
35
Chapter 6
42
Chapter 7
47
Chapter 8
54
Chapter 17
116
Chapter 18
122
Chapter 19
128
Chapter 20
132
Chapter 21
145
Chapter 22
148
Chapter 23
160
Chapter 24
165

Chapter 9
64
Chapter 10
68
Chapter 11
81
Chapter 12
87
Chapter 13
93
Chapter 14
103
Chapter 15
108
Chapter 16
112
Chapter 25
169
Chapter 26
175
Chapter 27
181
Chapter 28
189
Epilogue
198
Authors note
201
Acknowledgements
202
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About the author (2004)

Victoria Leatham works in the communications industry. She lives in Neutral Bay and this is her first book.

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