Book Review

Madness: A Memoir

Kate Richards

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Author Kate Richards graduated in medicine from Monash University and subsequently worked in medical research. But that’s only the better half (if that) of the story, for she was a long-term sufferer from a depressive illness that brought about extensive self harming, even suicide attempts.

 

Her passage from ill health to equilibrium is charted painfully, for both the writer and reader.

As Dr Richards observes, “No-one ever wakes up one morning and thinks, today I’d like to go mad… anymore than they think, today I’d like to get cancer.”

 

To read the full review go to the Spring edition of HealthSpeak.