Living with a Black Dog: His Name Is Depression

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Apr 1, 2006 - Self-Help - 48 pages
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One in four women and one in six men will suffer from depression at least once in their life. Few are immune. It was the greatly admired Winston Churchill, a depression sufferer for much of his life, who nicknamed this human condition "Black Dog."

Living with a Black Dog is perhaps the most useful book ever created about depression. In simple text and strongly supportive illustrations, this slim volume examines, explains, and demystifies one of the most widespread and debilitating problems afflicting modern society.

Whether you've struggled with your own Black Dog for years, wondered why you're feeling sort of "ruff" lately, or known someone shadowed by a dark canine, Living with a Black Dog is for you. Artist and writer Matthew Johnstone, a depression sufferer himself, delivers a moving and uplifting insight into life with this unsavory companion. Even better, the book shows the strength and support to be found within and around us to tame this shaggy beast and ultimately bring it to heel.

Johnstone's book doesn't pretend to have all the answers. It doesn't resort to simple "dog tricks" for dealing with depression. But Living with a Black Dog does deliver understanding, hope, and the assurance that Black Dog days are not forever.


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Review: Living with a Black Dog: His Name Is Depression

User Review  - Cynthia Koe - Goodreads

Pictures sure tell a thousand words. Love the illustration . Makes it easier to visualize what depression is all about. Never knew it can be your old faithful black dog and shadow ! Read full review

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User Review  - Jeffrey - Goodreads

This picture book is possibly the best analogy for depression I've ever encountered. During a period of my life when I was suffering from depression (with which I still sometimes grapple), I wanted ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Matthew Johnstone is a highly regarded artist, writer, and exhibited photographer who has worked to train his own "Black Dog" for more than 20 years. New Zealand born, Matthew worked in advertising in San Francisco and New York before moving to Sydney, Australia, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

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