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Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression Kindle Edition
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i am currently re-reading this excellent, truthful, honest book as i am again within my darkest pit.
i can not explain why this book helps except to say that it is real, it is honest and it helps me beyond words. i have purchased 2 further copies for my families, as they do not understand and the book says it all.
thank you sally for having the courage and the words to write this book.
The beauty with Sally's account is she just tells her story just as it is, and in total honesty, which is very brave. I commend her for standing up to the stigma, fear and ignornace that is out there about depression.
I love the way Sally offers some meaningfull tips and advice on how one can perhaps better cope with the disease on a day to day basis.She offers none of the usual patronising miracle cures which other so called 'experts' have often written about.
You must read this book if you know anybody who suffers from this 'black dog' or if you are a sufferer yourself. At first i was afraid to read it, but now i am so, so, glad that i did.
The author's decision not to force her book into a linear structure adds an oral story telling quality which, when coupled with direct addresses to the reader, makes the reading of the book more like a conservation with a wiser friend.
This is a book of hope and compassion which I would recommend to anyone who is suffering, or has ever suffered, from depression.
I have suffered depression and found the book easy to read and very reassuring.
My daughter, a VIth form college lecturer - age 42, is off work with clinical depression and she is finding the book extremely helpful, reasurring and easy to read. In her words "I just cannot put the book down".
Sally Brampton writes a weekly column on relationship issues in the Sunday Times Style Section. For anyone not familiar with her work, Ms. Brampton is an extraordinarily perceptive and insightful 'agony aunt' with an uncanny ability to get to the heart of the matter in any situation. That she should apply her talents as a writer to providing such a frank and open account of her own journey through depression will help many people cope with what is a horrible and debilitating illness.
The author's style is both engaging and accessible. She is a brilliant communicator. But what makes 'Shoot the damn dog' such an effective 'self-help' book is the graphic descriptions of the pain and despair she felt. If you suffer from depression, it will help you see that you are not alone. More important, you'll find it is a source of hope and encouragement. Ignore criticisms of the technical content. These are important in self diagnosis. In particular, the Beck Depression Inventory and American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders are important tools in objectively assessing whether you need help, (see Wikipedia for more info on these).
I read this book because my wife is suffering from depression. I didn't realize it at first.Read more ›
More eloquent reviewers have written much better reviews than I'm capable of, so I'll keep it simple.
The book does have a happy ending (for those that need one, and who doesn't?), so if you're suffering from depression (or wonder whether you may be, like I did), then the likelihood is that reading it TO THE END can help you. In many places, I found the similarities between what the author was feeling and my own feelings frighteningly similar.
If you think you know someone who is suffering from depression, then I'd also recommend you read it to the end. There's no doubt it will help you to understand what that person is going through, and (more importantly), it will help you to help them, if you love them enough.
These days I find it difficult to stick with any book to the end, but this one was no problem. In fact I marked several chapters to be read again, the most useful being 9; Fine is a Four-Letter Word.
Despite me being in another black hole at the time I read it, this book left me with a palpable feeling of optimism.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this when it was a Kindle deal of the day and it was 99p very well spent. I have a dear friend and a family member with depression and I wanted to read something that... Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Amazon Customer
First time I have ever heard someone describe the symptoms of depression with such accuracy. An eye opener that reduces the feeling of loneliness for sufferers of the... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Geronemo
Couldn't get past the first few pages, as the author kept referring to people suffering from depression as "depressives" and it really irked me. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Astrid
Have read a few depression memoir books but this one is one of the better ones. Sally explains her stays in hospital due to depression & the long road to recovery. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Keira74
What can you say about depression? This book tries. Yes it doesn't pull any punches, but we are all different beings, and approach life differently. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Joyce F
After reading this book, I realized that there is always someone worst than yourself. Whilst the book was well written, I found myself skipping through large parts of the book. Read morePublished 15 days ago by nubentube
This is a superb read for anyone interested, for any reason, in depression and/or anxiety. It's honest but so readable. It's uplifting but brutally honest. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
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