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Eyes Without Sparkle: A Journey Through Postnatal Illness

Elaine Hanzak



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Radcliffe Publishing Ltd
01 June 1998
Neonatal medicine; Coping with personal problems; Pregnancy, birth & baby care
One day you will feel better. Eyes without Sparkle is a powerful medical autobiography describing the journey followed by the author into through and out of puerperal psychosis the most severe form of postnatal depression. With vivid and intimate descriptions of events and the author's feelings this is the only book offering a single first-hand account of postnatal illness. The book serves as an inspiration for anyone suffering from or involved with a depressive illness. For health and social care professionals it is a reflective guide to learning from patients' experiences and the examples of positive and negative aspects of treatment can inform mental health services and policies. 'This book is an honest and moving account that takes us from a happy family life with the joy of childbirth ahead into a world that we hope personally never to enter but which for some including those around us or cared for by us is all too recognisable and real. It highlights the importance of caring and compassion and the little things in getting the quality of patient experience right. Health service staff have to listen. Elaine's story above all reinforces that however busy however complex for a quality patient experience the journey has to be shared.' Judith Ellis Chief Nurse Great Ormond Street Hospital London 'This book has the potential to provide comfort and hope to those who are experiencing this illness. It should help them to seek the right support and also to have faith that they can get through it.' Sarah Mullally Chief Nursing Officer Department of Health For more information on the author please click here For information on other patient experiences please click here
By:   Elaine Hanzak
Imprint:   Radcliffe Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   1st New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   499g
ISBN:   9781857756555
ISBN 10:   185775655X
Pages:   226
Publication Date:   01 June 1998
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction. My life becoming a 'Hanzak'. Nick and I. The birth. First days on the ward. Coming home. Another display stay. We're going to the Lake District. A holiday. Dominic's in hospital! Pressure, pressure. Losing it! Downhill. The final descent. A refuge. Become institutionalized. Looking up and outwards. Discharge day! He's almost alone. Another summer. Back to school. Springtime! Back to reality. Spreading the word. Making a difference. And so to London.

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