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Living with a Black Dog [Paperback]

Matthew Johnstone
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Book Description

29 Jan 2009
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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Product details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (29 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845297431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845297435
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Johnstone is an artist, writer and exhibited photographer. New Zealandborn, he worked in advertising in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He now lives 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.

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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

Book of the Week --Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine

Comprehensive and very helpful ... brilliant. --Guardian Weekend magazine, recommended by Dr. Tom Smith

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From the author of the bestselling I Had a Black Dog, a touching and beautifully illustrated book, written for those who care for those suffering from depression.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 7 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
As someone who has a black dog of his own I sometimes find it difficult to describe my emotions and how black the mood can actually get. My wife found this book extremely useful in helping her to understand just how debilitating depression is. Instead of her watching me suffer this book has empowered her to take a more pro-active role in my recovery whilst still looking after herself. This book emphasizes the need for the carer to also take care of themselves. I think this book is written coherently and inspires hope and shows us how relationships can strengthen and not crumble because of this condition. So if the black dog is in your house maybe this book can help with the communication side of things, it certainly helped me. Take care...
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By F1chick
Format:Paperback
This book is written in a smililar way to 'I Have A Black Dog'. It is easy to read and non time consuming. It helps to re-assure people with depression and their families that the experiences they are having are a normal part of the illness. It leaves the readers with an air of hope and shows they are far from alone. May even be useful to show children of people with depression.
Also has a list of resources at the back for further help.

I love these books and think they should be in GP waiting rooms!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the money 1 Mar 2009
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Matthew and Ainsley Johnstone tell it like it is. Filled with simple but lucid insights into both depression and being on the receiving end. It offers a perfect vehicle for a couple dealing with a potential relationship-breaker in a mature and calm way. Particularly useful for defusing and explaining the likely flashpoints. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 1 Mar 2009
By MH
Format:Paperback
I bought both 'Black Dog' books for a close family friend. They have been amazingly helpful to both him and us all, in trying to understand and appreciate his condition and the dark place he has found himself in. We have all found them of great support. Thankfully, he seems to have turned a corner and improving. I would recommend these books to anyone and their family/friends experiencing the dreadful effects of depression on a loved one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars light in a dark tunnel 9 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
This book has been like a light in a very dark tunnel. If only I had read it sooner.... then I would have understood so much more. If you are supporting someone with depression then this will be a life line get one now don't wait. It is easy to read, easy to understand and easy to recognize the life you are living now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really usefull 2 Sep 2010
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This book is great when read together with the other one, I had a black dog. Read one then swap - everything will fall into place. I thought I was very useless in help my partner dealing with the depression, but this book showed that I was doing the right things - and sometimes it's just sitting on the sofa with a nice cup of tea and listen to the other one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I've been looking for a resource like this for years (living with a depressed spouse for 15 years) - and at last here it is. Even our children understood it and laughed at some of the pictures. Both Black Dog books are helpful to start conversations about the illness with close friends or family who dont understand depression (and say the most unhelpful things like "pull your socks up" "get a life" etc). Its covers everything about the signs and symptoms and how to spot them (the pictures were so true!) and its full of constructive advice ('self-preservation for the care-giver', 'simple rules of engagement and agreement' and the 'backup plan').The Johnstones are not alone. Although I had learned many of these truths the hard way over the years I hope this book saves others the heart-ache and separations we've been through, especially if newly diagnosed. Its a 'must-read' for all family/partners of those with depression. A huge thank you to the Johnstones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It described me..... 1 April 2011
By Linda
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a good book and it completely described me, which was scary.... My husband and I sat and looked through it together and it was beneficial. However my husband did comment that it didn't give enough advice as to how to deal with certain situations. I think this is a good book if you want to try and explain to someone how you feel and how the depression affects you, in a light hearted way. I would recommend this book and I am glad it is on our bookshelf. I also showed it to my 13 year old to look at.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but worthwhile.
Can be read through in minutes but still covers some valuable points.
Published 5 days ago by Buzz from Leeds
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
easy read
Published 7 days ago by jean timpani
5.0 out of 5 stars ... to live with a family member who suffers this terrible condition.
Helps us understand how to live with a family member who suffers this terrible condition.
Published 17 days ago by Huckleberry60
5.0 out of 5 stars bought it for some dear people who are going through a rough patch...
A lovely book that feels like a good friend - never patronising but always helpful. Thank you so much for it!
Published 1 month ago by keith@petra.demon.co.uk
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this.
A great insight in to what it's like living with someone with "Issues"!! Really explains what suffers go through and how others can help.
Published 1 month ago by Dickieboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for anyone near to someone who suffers from...
Deals sensitively with a difficult subject that cannot be understood by anyone who has not suffered themselves. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Olderbutwiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book often used by healthcare professionals
I came across this book whilst doing a mental health first aid course, where the instructor let us read it and talked about this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. Fernando
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Very good book, easy to read & understand, I've shown it to my family & friends to show how I can be feeling at times so they can help me
Published 2 months ago by patricia porter
5.0 out of 5 stars READ IT!!!
One of the symptoms of depression is short attention span so this book helps in a short sharp caring way and get the information across so very effectively. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CHRISTINE
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!
This book is a valuable tool for people in a family living with a person suffering with depression and or anxiety. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Sandford
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