Finding True North


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A quick summary

Linda Gask has written bravely and honestly before about being both doctor and patient. She was a psychiatrist for many years (now retired) and her expertise came from her training and from personal experience of a long-term struggle with depression. In Finding True North, she shares what it meant finally to set up home where she felt she was supposed to be – to belong to a place, and the recovery that came from that. Living with polycystic kidney disease, she has a subtle and multi-faceted understanding of what recovery means – there is no trite, toxic positivity here. A thoughtful, searching and readable enquiry into self, health, relationships and home.


Publisher’s description:

Beneath the wide skies of Orkney Linda Gask recalls her career as a consultant psychiatrist and her lifelong struggle with her own mental health. After the favelas of Brazil, the glittering cities of the Middle East, and the forests or Haida Gwaii, will she find perspective, spiritual relief, and healing in her new home?

Finding True North is a wise and powerful memoir about recovery and the healing power of place.

An award-winning Professor of Psychiatry, Linda Gask writes with startling honesty about her struggles with depression and anxiety. In this unvarnished account as both patient and physician she describes her search for her ‘right’ place in the world.

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 234 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 34 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9781913207342

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