Life in Limbo: My Battle with Depression, Infertility and Mental Illness

Big Sky Publishing
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This memoir, based on diary entries, is a frank, moving and at times humorous account of Matt Barwick's struggle with infertility, and diagnosis with bipolar disorder triggered by family suicide. At twenty-nine, still childless after a year of trying, Matt and his wife Ali realised that starting a family was not going to be the 'cinch' it appeared.
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Big Sky Publishing
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Published on
Dec 31, 2012
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Pages
270
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ISBN
9781921941924
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Language
English
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