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Living with a Black Dog

This little book deals with the difficulties of living with someone who is depressed - through the medium of cartoons

This little book deals with the difficulties of living with someone who is depressed - through the medium of cartoons

This book would have attracted me to pick it up because of its format; a cartoon book about depression.

I am not a visual learner so I would probably have put it straight down again, but my 14-year-old daughter, who has grown up in a world of graphic novels and manga, felt the medium was helpful and added to the content.

She thought the illustrations were attractive and made it easier to read about a complex topic. She did not, however, think it was a children's book, but for young adults and above.

It is a companion book to ‘I had a Black Dog' which describes suffering from depression.

It is aimed at the friends and carers of depressed people and is crammed with information and insight into what it is like to be depressed.

It also deals with what would be helpful or unhelpful behaviours among the other people involved.

I particularly like the section at the end which explored caring for the carer and the ways carers can protect themselves from the stresses of living with someone who is depressed.

The authors are Australian, and I reviewed the Australian version of the book.

The UK version is due to be published in January 2009, and it would be worth waiting for this as, presumably, descriptions of health care services and helpful organisations will be anglicised

Dr Clare Etherington

Rating: 3/5

Living with a black dog - how to take care of someone with depression while looking after yourself

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