The Beast: A Reckoning with Depression

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1995 - Psychology - 288 pages
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"Tracy Thompson was a well-regarded reporter for The Washington Post when, in 1989, she found herself in the terrifying, suicidal free-fall of a major depressive episode, the return of a Beast that had haunted her since her childhood in the traditionalist South." "She survived - but unlike countless writers before her, Thompson did not survive to write a book about "madness" or about twentieth-century victimization. Instead, like a good reporter, she kept notes and asked questions. The result is a lyrical yet dispassionate account of a lifelong battle to survive a mental illness. It chronicles her struggle to reclaim her career, her growing intellectual interest in depression, and her sobering realization of the toll her illness took on the people who loved her."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I enjoyed the journey Tracy shares with us. It gives something to the soul to hear someone speak on things that most do not understand. Heck yeah for you, Tracy! I loved your ending. Read full review

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This book scares me. My warning to anyone currently suffering from depression who is thinking of picking this book up: When I read this in high school while suffering from a pretty severe depression ... Read full review


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Tracy Thompson is a freelance journalist and the author of The Beast: A Journey Through Depression. She lives in suburban Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.

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