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The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery

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Author: Mary Cregan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Hardcover:
ISBN 10: 1324001720
ISBN 13: 978-1324001720

A “searingly honest and riveting” (Colm Tóibín) memoir interweaving the author’s descent into depression with a medical and cultural history of the illness.

At the age of twenty-seven, Mary Cregan gives birth to her first child, a daughter she names Anna. But it’s apparent that something is terribly wrong, and two days later, Anna dies―plunging Cregan into suicidal despair. Decades later, sustained by her work, a second marriage, and a son, Cregan reflects on this pivotal experience and attempts to make sense of it. She weaves together literature and research with details from her own ordeal―and the still-visible scar of her suicide attempt―while also considering her life as part of the larger history of our understanding of depression.