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The Other Side of Silence: A Psychiatrist's Memoir of Depression

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  482 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Having spent her life trying to patch up the souls of others, psychiatrist Linda Gask came to realize that being an expert in depression didn’t confer any immunity from it—she had to learn take care of herself, too. Artfully crafted and told with warmth and honesty, this is the story of Linda’s journey, interwoven with insights into her patients’ diverse experiences of dep ...more
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Published September 10th 2015 by Summersdale (first published August 25th 2015)
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Rosie Claverton
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What I love about The Other Side of Silence is that it sets aside the traditional, medical model of psychiatry and instead embraces a whole-person, holistic approach to the illness. It looks at depression not as a disease of neurotransmitters and recovery models and care programme approaches, but as an experience that happens to people and affects their lives. We see up-close and personal the effect it has on Linda's life and the course it takes.

However, she also retains the perspective of the
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
This was fine but it felt quite surface-level, parts were touching and interesting but I felt like generally it was a bit brief and basic to be too meaningful.
Erika Monaghan
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A frank insight into depression

I liked her discussion of depression as being multi-faceted and not the same for everybody. I also enjoyed her different descriptions of treatments and ways of tackling your demons. For her, there were lots of familial connections and feelings of loss...but it doesn’t always have to be that way. This was definitely an eye opener for me, just in terms of the various patients she describes.
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting description of depression and its treatment, from the point of view of a psychiatrist who is also a sufferer. She explains what various treatments involve and how each of them may help in different ways and at different stages of the illness.
Robert Windsor
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Please, if you’ve ever suffered or know somebody who has suffered with depression or psychological ill health then pick this book up and read it. Take it with you wherever you go and pass it on when you’ve finished or recommend others buy it. I don’t think I can let mine go. Object relations!

Now finished this wonderfully honest and at times raw personal journey through depression whilst caring for those with mental ill health. I have been able to relate more closely than I expected during this
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I always find it quite fascinating to read a first person narrative of a person’s own life and their psychological functioning across time; particularly when they are trained in psychiatry or psychotherapy. I think it stems from my inner motivation to feel that I am actually normal for having the thoughts that I do; I suppose why I have this motivation is a more interesting question. After all, what is normal? This book highlights how it’s a very rare occurrence for people to openly admit to how ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this memoir when I visited the Cheltenham Literature Festival in October 2017. It instantly drew my attention, due to my interest in the subject matter (I am a qualified counsellor). Working as a counsellor, there are times when those around you - perhaps even those you share your life with - seem to have the impression that, because you help others through difficult times, there is almost an immunity to life's difficulties for you. This, of course, just isn't true. After all, doctors g ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. A vivid image of depression from the angle of common, everyday traumas, emotional stress, and insecurities most people face. To even more deeply illustrate this, Linda switches back and forth between her own life and the life of her patients experiencing the same problem. It is incredibly humanizing.

One critiscm could be that it focuses too much on how "normal" or "common" depression is, so one might get the idea depression is "just having a hard time and feeling kinda sad; It'll a
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The topic of depression is certainly heavy to read about, however Linda's way of writing is so smooth that I consumed the book within few days. I appreciate it for a different perspective just as I admire her courage to reveal so much of her inner life, which really helps to understand how complex the whole problem is. The fact that Linda's own story is intertwined with stories of her patients makes it truly a unique piece. She points to a direction in which we need to dig deeper in order to be ...more
A really sensitive, thoughtful overview of depression combining both the professional and scientific lense of a psychiatrist with the personal lense of a sufferer. The author’s compassion rings through as does her vulnerability. I found it a good “beginners guide to depression”, it covers a lot of theories, areas and the personal and professional anecdotes catch your emotions. However it just kind of fizzled at the end, and despite being bravely open about some areas of her life I felt feeling f ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant, insightful and honest read.

I am so grateful that I stumbled across this book.
It helped me to understand myself a little deeper, it helped me find the words I was unable to find and it helped me be a little kinder to myself for experiencing things that I felt ashamed of at times. I would highly recommend this book, Linda although highly academic delivers her book in a way which is easy to access and in some ways feels therapeutic in finding parts of yourself in the pages and beginnin
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I greatly admire Linda Gask's honesty and bravery in writing this book- I'd love to be able to write a book like this one day. She writes with such clarity, openness and raw honesty- I found myself relating to her on both a professional and personal level. She does a brilliant job of balancing her personal history and life experiences with her clinical experience as a Psychiatrist- so you get a broad and deep understanding of depression; one of the most common mental health problems. Highly reco ...more
graham morgan
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love reading books that break barriers and stereotypes and this one certainly does that. I learnt so much and recognised so much but despite the wonderful subject matter the bit that I will remember most is the description of going to the Wash and bathing her feet in the sea
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have met Linda in person and she is such an amazing and inspiring speaker. She also has this charismatic way of transferring feelings in paper. The way she presents her lived experience of depression in relation to the lived experience of her patients is very touching. I liked that she explores loneliness and grief - as she highlights many times “depression is associated with loss”.
Jenny Davies
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting read and I definitely gained a new level of insight into depression, enjoying the combination of perspectives that Linda Gask provides - her own personal experience and her knowledge/experience as a psychiatrist.
Connor Smith
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't really put it down honestly. A fantastic insight and a heartfelt tale that really puts you in touch someone else's perspective.
Some chapters were definitely more interesting that others, but all of them were interesting enough to keep wanting to read on.
Karin Jenkins
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A frank and moving memoir of life as a psychiatrist and depression sufferer. Shows the complexity of the disease and how there is no one size fits all treatment.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple, but very sensitive book

Simple, but sensitive book. Very nice how the author describes her patients' stories throughout the book in one flow with her own experience.
Priyanka Pandey
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very Insightful and wonderfully written.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Yeah, pretty good. I think it's important to read these sorts of books, get the perspective of someone who works in this field with the issues they're trying to help!
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very frank - Refreshing
Chi Thanh
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Obviously not a self help book, but written deeply personal. I enjoyed the honest perspective and the bits of medical background that was easy to read.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is clear, compelling, honest and very insightful. The author skillfully interweaves her own experiences with her work with clients and colleagues. The experiences she has help to add a deeper dimension to the support and work with her clients.

She writes very knowledgeable way about grief, loss and bereavement. I found myself fully absorbed in reading Linda Gask’s personal story. She has experienced these emotions herself and has supported her clients through the bereavement process.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Friendly, frank, down to earth, relatable. Gask's memoirs are a healthy balance of vignettes from various unnamed clients from her years of being a psychiatrist, snippets from her career on the wards including the pervasive cynicism she experienced from colleagues about the patients they treat, as well as glimpses of her personal life and personal experiences within the all-consuming bowels of depression. Of particular interest, were her experiences with various anti-depressants, her contradicto ...more
Amanda Lane
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
As someone who struggles daily with both anxiety and depression I wasn't sure if this book would be my cup of tea.
What followed was a balance of both personal and professional experience. There remains a taboo around this area and it is not something you discuss openly.
I felt for the author struggling to deal with her own demons whilst also helping others to deal with theirs.
It wasn't overly sentimental and that made the book easier to read.
I read so much that resonated with me but this is not
Emma Griffiths
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I won this in a GoodReads Giveaway!*
What an inspirational woman Linda Gask is! Despite the painful subject-matter, she writes with so much honesty, sensitivity and clarity. I really like how she told her own life experiences as well as those of her patients in her professional life. I found it interesting to realise that those who treat depression in others are subject to its effects too. Although mental health problems are becoming less of a stigma there is still a lack of understanding, Which
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A well written book tackling a deeply personal subject. I liked the mix of personal memoir and examples from Linda gask's work, which helped to show how debilitating depression can be, and yet what can be achieved.
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