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The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live

The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live

From New York Times bestselling author and blogger Heather Armstrong comes an honest and irreverent memoir--reminiscent of the New York Times bestseller Brain on Fire--about her experience as one of only a few people to participate in an experimental treatment for depression invo... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781501197048
Barcode 9781501197048
Published 1 May 2019 by Simon & Schuster
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Armstrong, Heather B.
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ISBN-13 9781501197048
ISBN-10 1501197045
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Imprint Gallery
Publication Date 1 May 2019
International Publication Date 23 April 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Armstrong, Heather B.
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
Coping With Illness
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 424g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Depression, Mental - Treatment, Autobiographies, Depression, Mental - Patients - United States, Armstrong, Heather B - Mental health
NBS Text Coping with Problems & Illness
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 616.85270092
Catalogue Code 980070

Description of this Book

From New York Times bestselling author and blogger Heather Armstrong comes an honest and irreverent memoir--reminiscent of the New York Times bestseller Brain on Fire--about her experience as one of only a few people to participate in an experimental treatment for depression involving ten rounds of a chemically-induced coma approximating brain death. For years, Heather Armstrong has alluded to her struggle with depression on her website, dooce. It's scattered throughout her archive, where it weaves its way through posts about pop culture, music, and motherhood. But in 2016, Heather found herself in the depths of a depression she just couldn't shake, an episode darker and longer than anything she had previously experienced. She had never felt so discouraged by the thought of waking up in the morning, and it threatened to destroy her life. So, for the sake of herself and her family, Heather decided to risk it all by participating in an experimental clinical trial involving a chemically induced coma approximating brain death. Now, for the first time, Heather recalls the torturous eighteen months of suicidal depression she endured and the month-long experimental study in which doctors used propofol anesthesia to quiet all brain activity for a full fifteen minutes before bringing her back from a flatline. Ten times. The experience wasn't easy. Not for Heather or her family. But a switch was flipped, and Heather hasn't experienced a single moment of suicidal depression since. Disarmingly honest, self-deprecating, and scientifically fascinating, The Valedictorian of Being Dead brings to light a groundbreaking new treatment for depression.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review As the lead anesthesiologist on the study, it was emotional for me to hear of Heather's experience. She helped me to gain some understanding about what folks go through when they are sick, what the experience of treatment was for her and her loved ones, and what the treatment now means to her. --Scott C. Tadler, MD, University of Utah School of Medicine

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Author's Bio

Heather B. Armstrong is widely acknowledged to be the most popular mommy blogger in the world. Her website, dooce (R), has twice been listed as one of the 25 best blogs in the world by Time magazine and Forbes listed it as a top 100 website for women. In the eighteen years that Heather has been shaping the internet writing community, she's worked to create targeted content not only for fellow parents but also for numerous global brands-including Ford, Nintendo, and Clorox-and written a New York Times bestseller, It Sucked and Then I Cried. She lives in Salt Lake City with her two lovely daughters and an insane herding dog.

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