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

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On the outside, she appears to have it all. She is vreative, beautiful, confident. But inside Victoria Leatham struggles with silent, secret, and unbearable pain. In her late teens, Leatham is struck with an undeniable urge to cut herself. Oddly, the wounds she inflicts on herself must the pain she feels inside. This memoir, a compelling and often chilling account, vividly details Leatham's ordeal and revels her most intimate thoughts as she struggles with cutting and a range of other psychological cuity, ...

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Overview

On the outside, she appears to have it all. She is vreative, beautiful, confident. But inside Victoria Leatham struggles with silent, secret, and unbearable pain. In her late teens, Leatham is struck with an undeniable urge to cut herself. Oddly, the wounds she inflicts on herself must the pain she feels inside. This memoir, a compelling and often chilling account, vividly details Leatham's ordeal and revels her most intimate thoughts as she struggles with cutting and a range of other psychological cuity, including eating disorders, sexual promiscity, substance abuse, and bipolar disorder. And finally, it describes her discovery of the psychological secret that helps her exscape from this spiral of self-destruction. Breathless readers won't be able to put down this odyssey through one of the darkest realms of human experience.

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Leatham begins her painful, emotional memoir with her realization, in her late teens, that she was depressed. As her friends and family dismissed her feelings as temporary, she discovered that "harming myself really did make me feel better." The irresistible urge to cut herself led to a life of medication, stays in psychiatric hospitals (she was diagnosed with a form of bipolar disorder) and more self-destructive behavior, including eating disorders, abusive relationships and frequent career hopping. Just as Leatham would start to feel settled in a new city in her native Australia, or one she recently returned to, the compulsion to cut would begin again, resulting in a hospital stay followed by a move to a different locale. More than 12 years after she began her self-harm, she started a program of cognitive behavioral therapy, and although she initially resisted it, she found that "[s]omething had at last shifted and made it possible for me to begin to protect myself." Leatham's searing memoir will resonate with young women struggling with similar problems, as well as those who care about them. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572244573
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 580,779
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Today Victoria Leatham is a happy, successful thirtysomething professional. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    A reviewer

    I really enjoy reading mental health related memoirs, and this one certainly does not disappoint. Ms. Leatham is a very good writer, in fact a professional journalist, and she tells a compelling story. The Australian setting makes the story more interesting to me as an American. I must say that one of the most memorable parts of the book is the apparent suicide of her ex-boyfriend, Mike, who is found washed up on a beach. He was a troubled guy, not surprisingly, especially when considered in retrospect, and for better or worse he's an interesting study in psychology. I sure hope Ms. Leatham is fine today, and I think the reader will care about her and will wish her well. I'm not sure that many people know about this mental health memoir, but I think it's as well written, or nearly as well written, as the best of them, such as Girl Interrupted, An Unquiet Mind, Prozac Diary, and Undercurrents. All four of those books are superbly written and well worth reading, along with Bloodletting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2006

    LOVED!

    I've read this book 4 times since I bought it months ago. I feel like I relate to Ms. Leatham so much, it's comforting. It's the only book that I have found where someone talks about cutting and I really feel connected to the person. The way she describes the thoughts taking over her head, her reactions to certain situations, and how she finally found some help, the whole thing was just great for me. I'd recommend this book for anyone w/thoughts of hurting themselves but especially those of us who do hurt ourselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2006

    Not As Advertised!

    I was really looking forward to reading this book, but was really disappointed in it. I was hoping to read a book about self-harm and the events that brought it about, but instead i slogged through a novel about a girl that mostly THINKS about hurting herself. I believe she only cut herself maybe three times throughout the whole book--which sort of gives me the feeling that while this book could be really good, its title advertises one thing while the story produces another. If you want to read a book that helps you to understand self-harm, look elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2006

    Good book

    This book was a really good novel, probably one of the best ones that cover the topic of self-harm. It was a great book. The author basically goes into kind of an autobiography of her life and how she got started with self-harm. I love the opening of the book and the ending of the book. But, the middle kind of leaves something to be desired. I think she could have went into self-harm more and how she felt about it, and what led up to it, etc. Due to that reason, I rate this book as four stars. It is an excellent book, and one that I recommend to those who self-harm and to those that don't.

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