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Dying for a Cure

A Memoir of Antidepressants, Misdiagnosis and Madness

Rebekah Beddoe

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Random House
01 February 2007
Memoirs; True stories of heroism, endurance & survival; Psychology; Coping with illness
A powerful memoir of antidepressants, misdiagnosis and madness. There was that term again, depression, being tossed around. When had I received an official diagnosis, anyway? It had just been mentioned by my GP and now staff were picking it up and running with it. Things seemed to be getting blown out of proportion. I wanted to know why I couldn't be tested for this so-called imbalance in my brain before being put on medication, but I didn't want him to think I was questioning his expertise. He was the second doctor now to recommend the treatmen. And these are the newer sort - the ones that aren't addictive or anything? Not addictive. They're very safe.

Shortly after the birth of her daughter Rebekah Beddoe was diagnosed with post-natal depression. Two years later she was taking six different drugs, including lithium, a tranquilliser, an antipsychotic, and antidepressants. She had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; given electric-shock therapy; made numerous attempts on her life; and was alternately manic and consumed by crippling despair during which she could barely move. She had a two-year-old daughter she hardly knew and a mother and partner who were at their wits'
By:   Rebekah Beddoe
Imprint:   Random House
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   466g
ISBN:   9781741664782
ISBN 10:   1741664780
Pages:   366
Publication Date:   01 February 2007
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

While suffering what was then diagnosed as post-natal mental illness, Rebekah Beddoe began studying professional writing with a view to writing about her experiences living with this condition. Ironically, before she'd put pen to paper the real cause of this erroneous diagnosis was becoming apparent. In a sharp twist, what was to be a documented journey of a slide into chronic mental illness, instead became her book DYING FOR CURE. Rebekah, now in her thirties, lives with her husband, daughter and very spoilt Labrador golden retriever cross.

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