This Close To Happy - Daphne Merkin

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Many of us experience depression as a mood of joylessness, disconnection and boredom, which eventually passes. But what Daphne Merkin describes here is more akin to a permanent state of despair. From early childhood she experienced crying jags, feelings of abandonment and emotional impoverishment. She was later institutionalized. Many questions emerge. Why did her parents have so many children, when they clearly had little time for them? Why were the children put into the care of such a sadistic nanny? And where does depression take root in the psyche? This memoir is insightful, intelligent and ruthlessly honest.

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374140366
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 7th, 2017

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