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

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  302 ratings  ·  17 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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 28th 2016 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
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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
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Miranda
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.
Ting Tong
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
Kate
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
Kat
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
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G
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
Clare
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
Jade
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
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Ginny
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
Leah
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!
tyrt
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.
Zareen
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.
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
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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
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Kirsty
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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“What I do know is that when a person is first asked to explain what is wrong, they may find it almost impossible to articulate exactly what the problem is. They may not yet have matched words to the feelings they can sense in the hidden rooms of their mind. They may still have no clear ideas about the "what", "why" or "how" relating to the origins of their difficulties. Instead of words, their angst may be expressed in behaviour which may be hard for them, or anyone else, to make sense of and can manifest itself as irritability, anger or withdrawal. Sometimes they will delay seeking help until they are in a state of crisis. It's not easy to ask; I struggled at first, too.” 1 likes
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