I Had a Black DogPaperback
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- Publisher: Robinson Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 48 pages
- Dimensions: 172mm x 208mm x 12mm | 180g
- Publication date: 24 May 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1845295897
- ISBN 13: 9781845295899
- Illustrations note: fully illustrated illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,597
There are many different breeds of Black Dog affecting millions of people from all walks of life. The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel. It was Winston Churchill who popularized the phrase Black Dog to describe the bouts of depression he experienced for much of his life. Matthew Johnstone, a sufferer himself, has written and illustrated this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel.
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Matthew Johnstone is an artist, writer and exhibited photographer. New Zealand born, he worked in advertising in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He now resides in Sydney with his family. He and his wife, Ainsley, know all too well what it's like to live with a 'black dog' - Matthew has personally experienced the hell of depression, while Ainsley has first-hand knowledge of the frustration and confusion almost always felt by those who care for a depressed person. Together they are uniquely able to offer practical and helpful advice.
By Thomas Costick 08 Mar 2014
This book was recommended to me in response to my need for a way to explain what it's like to live with depression.
I've delayed getting it for no good reason other than my own Black Dog, but I received it today and read it in about 15 minutes.
I felt like crying afterwards.
The book says everything that needs saying, including things I would never have found the words for.
I shall re-read it when I'm feeling low, as it is uplifting and positive. And I shall ask friends and family to read it to help them understand and cope with my mood swings.
Thank you Matthew Johnstone.
By Mark Thwaite 10 Dec 2008
It was Winston Churchill who first memorably called the depression from which he sporadically suffered throughout his life his "black dog". Since then, the phrase has been widely adopted as it seems so graphically, and perfectly, to illustrate exactly how tenacious a hold over the sufferer depressive anxiety can acquire. Matthew Johnstone's curious, but winning, almalgam of self-help book and short, pithy graphic novel is an unflinchingly honest and searingly accurate "visual articulation of what it is to suffer depression". Johnstone's excellent artwork shows him quite literally dogged and done-in by his own black dog, losing his confidence, his intimacy and his loved-ones. And it shows him, too, learning to be honest about his condition, understanding that it isn't something to be ashamed of and, finally, conquering it: "Black Dog may always be a part of my life. But I've learnt that with patience, humour, knowledge and discipline even the worst Black Dog can be made to heel."
A beautiful book, worth owning for the author's illustrations alone. In 48 pages Matthew condenses insight, advice and inspiration. Association of Pastoral Care for Mental Health Journal Says with wit, insight, economy and complete understanding what other books take 300 pages to say. Brilliant and indispensable. Stephen Fry Finally, a book about depression that isn't a prescriptive self-help manual ... deftly expresses how lonely and isolating depression can be for sufferers. Poignant and humorous in equal measure. Sunday Times Style Magazine