Infinite Sadness… the book

Infinite Sadness(2009)

by Catherine Reddell

(NZ Cate)

Infinite Sadness is an emotionally charged account of a journey through chronic mental illness including major depression and an eating disorder.

Catherine Reddell’s autobiographical story tells of a nightmarish journey through psychiatric treatment in the eyes of a patient, including account of self-harm, suicidality and utter despair.  There are mental and physical scars to show the battle fought.  She expects a short journey, maybe off work for a couple of weeks, but it takes over her life for years with little relent.

It is a heart-breakingly honest account that portrays the private hell of years of grief, anger and heartache for both the writer and for her family and friends who must watch.  While the wish is for a happy-ever after story, the Infinite Sadness is one they must learn to live with.

Having completed a degree in sociology and human services at the same time as managing the symptoms of illness, Catherine now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and aspires to be a spokesperson for reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.

ISBN: 978-0-473-15450-9

This book is now out of print in hard copy format but can be read through


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