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In the Jaws of the Black Dogs: A Memoir of Depression

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In this courageous memoir, John Bentley Mays gives us a riveting account of what it is to live in the shadow of debilitating depression.

Weaving intimate recollections with excerpts from the diaries he kept for thirty years, Mays illuminates the struggle that leads to breakdown and the uneasy truce achieved through psychotherapy. Along the way, he offers provocative comment
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 23rd 1999 by Harper (first published August 11th 1995)
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Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A poweful first person account of major depressive illness in an accomplished writer and art critic. As a case history from the patient's perspective, it is compelling and insightful. Beginning with a childhood in a 'house of anger' then the loss of both parents by the age of 12, Mays artfully conveys the suffering endured by those prone to depressive disorder. Few of our patients will have the ability to articulate their suffering this well.
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Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mays' book on depression avoids the pollyanna'ish tendency to lecture and condescend to depressives on there always being light at the end of a dark tunnel. He doesn't set out to provide his readers with hope, because he thinks most of our therapy culture is downright, old-fashioned hucksterism. He doesn't proffer hope because he has no personal experience in promises of hope coming to fruition. It would be dishonest of him to do otherwise, although it hasn't stopped legions of other writers fro ...more
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