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This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression

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This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression

Daphne Merkin has been hospitalized three times: first, in grade school, for childhood depression; years later, after her daughter was born, for severe postpartum depression; and later still, after her mother died, for obsessive suicidal thinking. Recounting this series of hospitalizations, as well as her visits to myriad therapists and psychopharmacologists, Merkin fearlessly offers what the child psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz calls “the inside view of navigating a chronic psychiatric illness to a realistic outcome.” In this dark yet vital memoir, Merkin describes not only the harrowing sorrow that she has known all her life, but also her early, redemptive love of reading and gradual emergence as a writer.

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This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression
by Daphne Merkin

  • Publication Date: February 7, 2017
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN-10: 0374140367
  • ISBN-13: 9780374140366


Cathy from Hales Corners, WI
Karin from Bozeman, MT
Kathy from Hays, NC
Lois from Hillsville, VA
Nancy from Florence, KY