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Unparalleled Sorrow
Author: Barry Dickins

ISBN: 9781740668033
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1 August 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.8 x 2.4
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"I can't remember going to bed the night before my first ECT. Or giving my permission or my wife giving her consent, but she did and for my part I was so confused I would've agreed to be shot at point-blank range by a firing squad.

Try as I might I couldn't get comfortable that night; I remember the physical distress and the floating stomach and wriggling and rubbing and twitching of my feet in bed before they came to collect me at 6 am exactly. Soon I shall be given a shot of electricity to lift my mood, as they keep putting it. What on earth is wrong with sadness?"

In early 2008, Barry Dickins suffered from insomnia. He went to the doctor, who cited anxiety as the cause and, then, depression. Clinical and severe. He checked in to the Albert Road Clinic, where he was told that he would be there until the joy returned to him. But where was it? The joy eluded Barry for months, so he stayed in the clinic, alongside patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and other traumas, but depression was overriding.

Depression that could fell you with a single blow.

He took his medication and succumbed to the electro-convulsive therapy, which left him...

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