Eyes Without Sparkle: A Journey Through Postnatal Illness

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Radcliffe Publishing, 2005 - Medical - 242 pages

One day you will feel better... Eyes without Sparkle is a powerful medical autobiography describing the journey followed by the author into, through, and out of puerperal psychosis, the most severe form of postnatal depression. With vivid and intimate descriptions of events and the author's feelings, this is the only book offering a single first-hand account of postnatal illness. The book serves as an inspiration for anyone suffering from or involved with a depressive illness. For health and social care professionals it is a reflective guide to learning from patients' experiences, and the examples of positive and negative aspects of treatment can inform mental health services and policies.

 

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Contents

Prologue
xvi
My life before becoming a Hanzak
1
Nick and I
6
The birth
16
First days on the ward
22
Coming home
27
Another hospital stay
33
Were going to the Lake District
40
Becoming institutionalised
102
Looking up and outwards
113
Discharge day
120
Hes almost one
128
Another summer
137
Back to school
144
Springtime
158
Back to reality
165

A holiday
48
Dominics in hospital
54
Pressure pressure
62
Losing it
68
Downhill
75
The final descent
82
A refuge
92
Spreading the word
173
Making a
180
And so to London
190
Insight into emotional disorders associated with childbirth
216
Appendix
226
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