- Hardcover: 150 pages
- Publisher: Blank Slate Books (19 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906653089
- ISBN-13: 978-1906653088
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 21.7 x 1.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Psychiatric Tales Hardcover – 19 Apr 2010
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But all the years of working as a carer gave him a deep insight into the lives of people suffering different conditions and provided him with real-life work anecdotes that makes him able to portray them as real people, not just clinical conditions. And it also makes the reader care about Cunningham as a health worker, realising the hard-core things these carers deal with, and the emotional beatings they go through. But the book's not a request for for us to pity the writer; his straightforward, almost dead-pan voice at times focuses us as readers on the universality of mental health problems, and emphasizes the need to be able to talk about these things in a way that doesn't stigmatise people for being ill, in the way we wouldn't if someone had, say, a broken leg. A deep sense of empathy is the thing that came through most clearly to me in this book, and the last chapter clinches it, when Cunningham allows us to see his own struggle with depression and the hope he gives to other people who suffer it.
The artwork in this book reads very easily and clearly, and provides an excellent introduction to graphic novels for readers who are not very familiar with the medium.Read more ›
Darryl Cunningham's book is a succinct and accessible account of mental health problems which effectively communicates the experience of disorders from professional and personal viewpoints. It demystifies and destigmatizes the conditions so many of us will experience at first or second hand, and is a masterpiece of the graphic book format. It deserves to be widely read by laymen and professionals alike and to be regarded as a classic. I recommend it unreservedly.
How I wish I could give copies of this to the people I have to explain things to. Darryl Cunningham writes and illustrates these things far better than I ever can. He does it without being patronising or sermonising. His drawing and writing are pared down to simple stark facts and succinct opinions and feelings. It is a masterpiece of explanation that should find its way into anywhere that faces mental health issues.
Less you think it is all dark, Mr Cunningham also, at the end of the book charts his own psychiatric tale. No instant fix, no miracle cure - but hard work and time. It is a fitting and encouraging end to the book.
However, there were some positive points. The author's story was powerfully told (made me wish that the rest of the book was like that) and some of the personal stories of the patients he mentions are genuinely strange and interesting.
This is an ok book, and it's fairly interesting, but I do wish it dared to go deeper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this comic/graphic novel. I've actually lent it to my God-Mother who works in Mental Health/Councilling/MHFA and many more job titles hehePublished 19 days ago by Connie White
As someone suffering from long term depression the final chapter of this book was extremely emotional for me to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather
Good book, shame it only took half an hour to get through the whole thing. Would of liked it to have covered BPD.Published 2 months ago by CrimsonGoddess
not recommended if your relative has just had a diagnosisPublished 6 months ago by Mrs E A Thompson
I work in mental health and have a severe mental health problem myself. Most of my clients have illnesses different to my own, so I've been reading up. Read morePublished 7 months ago by HAB75
The author approached the subject of mental illness in a very considerate and sensitive way. The book helped me understand mental illness more with the author's experience and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Evangeline
Excellent, well written and easy to access. I have a degree in psychology and teach A levels and this is going to be really helpful as little intros to some key ideas. Read morePublished 19 months ago by MRS C L GULLIVER
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