January 7 at 6:30pm in the blue meeting room. This month we are reading Undercurrents by Martha Manning.
Synopsis: As psychotherapist Manning began her slow descent into depression, she
recognized the signposts along the way: a sense that she was losing
control of her life, perpetual fogginess in her head, social withdrawl
and subsequent isolation, and a painful alienation from all that gave
her life pleasure and meaning-except her daughter. She recounts how
medications were tried and discarded, psychotherapy proved fruitless,
and her mind became overwhelmed with thoughts of death as a way out of
her ceaseless torment. The one last hope was electroconvulsive therapy
(ECT), the thought of which left her feeling frightened and totally
helpless. Nevertheless, ECT alleviated her despair and began her
recovery. Told in journal form, the events so sensitively and
insightfully depicted here reveal how tenuous one's connection to
physical and mental well-being can be.