The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery

The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery

by Mary Cregan


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393357851
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/24/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 553,484
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mary Cregan attended Middlebury College and received her PhD from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education and in the Financial Times. A lecturer in English literature at Barnard College, she lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 What Happened 1

2 What Happened Next 30

3 How to Save a Life 64

4 The Paradise of Bedlams 97

5 Where Do the Dead Go? 133

6 Early Blues 163

7 The Promise of Prozac 194

8 No Feeling Is Final 232

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 251

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