Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within

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Imagine growing up in a culture that had no understanding or treatment for a serious illness. Compound that with growing up to view that affliction as a sign of weakness and great shame. Depression is such an illness and it crosses all cultures in countries across the globe. Author Gayathri Ramprasad grew up in a fairy tale like childhood in India. Her parents were a good balance of rich tradition and contemporary forward thinking that pushed their children to go beyond a life in India. But pressures to excel seemingly triggered low self esteem and feelings of worthlessness in Gayathri when she failed a qualifying class that was needed to go on to college. In Ramprasad’s deeply personal Shadows in the Sun readers follow her spiral into a dark descent of depression. Struggling with feelings of doubt and being unworthy, her parents were told she was merely a teenager acting out, dealing with the typical teenage angst. When her conditions worsened, her parents told her to pray to the gods. Living in a country where depression isn’t diagnosed or labeled, her idyllic childhood and adolescence progressed into a tortured coming of age, and then beyond into her adulthood. When her parents arrange a marriage to a virtual stranger, Gayathri is terrified that he will find out about her illness.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 240 pages
Publisher Hazelden
Publish Date 2014-Mar-04
ISBN 9781616494759 Buy this Book
Issue May 2014
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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