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Inside this Book – Before I tell you about my depression, I should tell you something about my life so far. Or perhaps that should be myself so far. I was born in Brunei, but I am English. I grew up in many different countries. After Brunei, we moved to Brazil and from there to Aden, Oman and Angola. We spent about three years in each country, with brief intervals in England. My father took a job with Shell after the war and was posted abroad. We followed wherever his work took him. I went to a boarding school in England from the age of eleven, but saw nothing of this country other than the school. It was not home. Home was in whatever country my parents were living at the time. I came to live here fully when I was eighteen. I have two brothers, one on either side of me in age. The eldest is Michael and the youngest is Tony. They, too, were away at school for most of our childhood. Dad comes from South London and is the eldest of four. His father, Reg, was a Cockney, born, as he was proud to say, within the sound of Bow bells. Reg worked as a handyman; then moved to the country to run a petrol station. Or, at least, it was my grandad’s version of the country: a small bungalow set in front of a set of petrol pumps in the middle of a lorry park on a busy roundabout outside Norwich. This was long before self-service so Reg was out all hours in his flat cap and his brown cotton coat. It seemed to us that he was always happy, a practical joker, teaching his budgie to talk nonsense, chasing us kids around his bungalow with his false teeth out, his gummy grin reducing us to helpless giggles.
Inside this book –Shoot the Damn Dog PDF Book by Sally Brampton – My psychiatrist tells me that it is time for me to leave the hospital. Not because I am better, but because my health insurance has nearly run out for that financial year. I have been in the hospital for two weeks. It has never occurred to me that I might be forced to leave and nor have I ever thought to ask how long I would be staying. When I was admitted, I was in no state to think about anything, let alone the intricacies of private medical insurance. I just thought that I would stay in hospital until I was better. Isn’t that what happens when you are very sick? I stare at him numbly. ‘We need to keep the remainder in lieu,’ he says. ‘In case you need a back-up.’ ‘A back-up?’ ‘We may need to readmit you. And I’d like you to do individual therapy, at least twice a week, perhaps more. You will need money for that. There’s a therapist I’d like to suggest.’ I ignore the suggestion. I don’t want a therapist. I want to be better. I want to be a person who doesn’t need therapy. I want to be the person I used to be. Hospital was supposed to fix that, to fix me. That’s why I agreed to it. I say nothing. I can think of nothing to say. ‘It’s early days yet,’ he says. That’s the odd thing about depression. Two weeks in hospital for any other illness seems like a long time. In depression, it is nothing, a brief interlude. In depression, time loses all meaning. The average stay in hospital is six weeks. Some of the people in the unit are staying for three months.
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- Full Book Name – Shoot the Damn Dog
- Author of this Book – Sally Brampton
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Nonfiction, Memoir, Health, Psychology, Biography
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- eBook Pages – 291
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