Living with a Black Dog

Living with a Black Dog

By (author) Matthew Johnstone


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This second book from Matthew Johnstone, author of I Had a Black Dog, is an equally touching and beautifully illustrated book, written for those who care for those suffering from depression - friends, family members, colleagues, and even therapists. Using wonderful illustrations and the image of Churchill's infamous 'black dog', Matthew and his wife Ainsley offer a moving, inspirational and often humorous portrait of life with depression - not only for those suffering from it themselves, but for those close to them. Living with a Black Dog speaks directly to the carer and offers practical and sometimes tongue-in-cheek tips on helping the depression sufferer, such as 'Socks have little do with mental health. If people could just 'snap out of it' they would.' and 'Encourage any form of regular exercise. Fitness robs the Dog of its power'. Based on their own experiences, Matthew and his wife Ainsley treat the subject of depression sympathetically, hopefully and, most importantly, humorously.

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 168 x 206 x 10mm | 281.23g
  • 29 Jan 2009
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Robinson Publishing
  • London
  • English
  • Throughout
  • 1845297431
  • 9781845297435
  • 4,283

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Matthew Johnstone is an artist, writer and exhibited photographer. New Zealand born, he's worked in advertising in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He now resides in Sydney with his family. He and his wife Ainsley know exactly what it's like to live with a 'black dog' in your midst. Matthew has experienced the hell of depression while Ainsley has first-hand experience of the frustration and confusion almost always felt by those around them. Together they offer practical and helpful advice as well as moving and often humorous insights based on their own experiences.

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As a mental health nurse, I am always on the lookout for quality material to give to carers. This fits the bill Nursing Standard, 4-star review Comprehensive and very helpful ... brilliant Guardian Weekend magazine, recommended by Dr. Tom Smith Moving and thoughtfully written ... a must-have. Daily Mirror Excellent ... conveying the essence of caring for someone with depression, in a brief and concise form, what it might take more conventional textbooks 300 pages to say. Mental Health Practice

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