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Shoot the Damn Dog [Kindle Edition]

Sally Brampton
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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Shoot the Damn Dog blasts the stigma of depression as a character flaw and confronts the illness Winston Churchill called ‘the black dog', a condition that humiliates, punishes and isolates its sufferers. It is a personal account of a journey through (and out of) severe depression as well as being a practical book, offering ideas about what might help. With its raw, understated eloquence, it will speak volumes to anyone whose life has been haunted by depression, as well as offering help and understanding to those whose loved ones suffer from this terrifying condition.

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'Down-to-earth, honest, sometimes painful, often moving ... What stands out is the book's tone: its honesty, its wisdom and its courage' Daily Telegraph 'Brave and honest ... It must have been terribly painful to write it. But, golly, am I glad that Sally Brampton did' Independent 'Brampton's obsessively honest, angry account ... aims to explode the myth that depression happens only to losers ... This brave and moving memoir challenges all the cliches about mental illness ... All who know the pain of depression will find the book immensely useful, and so will their friends and relations' Sunday Times 'She writes of her despair with such fluidity and lyricism' Observer

About the Author

Sally Brampton began her career on Vogue before moving to the Observer as fashion editor. She launched Elle in the UK, which she edited for five years, leaving to write full time. She has published several novels, a television documentary and a screenplay, and has written extensively for all the major national newspapers and magazines. She writes a weekly column on emotional issues for the Sunday Times. She lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0747572453
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AU7FFI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my depression 21 May 2009
i first read this book 18 months ago whilst in the deepest darkest pit of my depression, this booked helped me beyond words and it gave me comfort and help and relief that i was not alone.

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.
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149 of 156 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing and brilliant 22 Jan. 2008
By eamo
I have just finished sally's book and found it truely amazing. In fact i bawled my eyes out after reading the first few chapters when i realised her story was so like mine (and my family) and others who suffer from this truely terrifying disease. Like Sally herself, my brother had tried to kill himself recently. Thankfully, mercifully, i was never that ill.
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.
Truely immense.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very personal story 22 May 2013
A very personal account of the harrowing effects of severe depression. Enlightening in so many ways, not least in how the psychiatric industry is often clueless when it comes to the chemical management of "resistant" depression (i.e. increasing the dose/changing the tablet/adding another pill). As other readers have noted, there is a distinct air of "priveledge" that echoes through the book - Sally's throw-away remarks about what therapists are wearing, for example. As one who also peaked too young (I was a succesful magazine editor at 28) I could resonate with much of this stuff, also the observations about distant father/ alienating childhood. But I couldn't help thinking - I would love to spend 2 years pottering around the garden/ taking up yoga etc - but mundane bills make this impossible for most of us. Yes I know Sally was discharged twice from hospital because the insurance ran out, but there is an overwhelming sense of infinite finance behind all of this - like there is a magical force behind all of this, in a sense, dare I say it of enabling the illness. When Sally feels better she goes out and chin-wags with similarly weathy people in swanky Knightsbridge establishments. When most of us feel better we take a walk down the street, and check our council tax bill in case the bailiffs are due. With depression an epidemic in these current economic times, I found the class issue jarring. Which was a shame, because I became engaged with her plight, and I know the illness knows no boundaries of class or money. So, that is why I say this is a highly personal account of depression, with episodes I suspect many will relate to. I know that I did.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautifully touching book 6 April 2008
I wasn't sure what this book was going to be when I started reading. I was concerned that it may upset me more that help me. I need not have worried. This is a beautifully written book, which tells a powerfully uplifting story.

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.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic read 11 Mar. 2008
This book is a must for anyone coping with depression, or living with someone who suffers from it.
Sally Brampton is painfully honest in her book, and you can really feel you get to know her warts and all.
I dont suffer from depression myself, but I have a huge interest in mental health and this read was both informative and enlightening.
I cannot recommend this book enough.
Get a copy I bet you will want to reread it.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By Nick D.
This is an important and powerful book. It treats what is often a taboo and misunderstood subject with a rare combination of knowledge, sensitivity and understanding, which flow from the author's direct personal experience. It is also a very brave book. To have the courage to describe an illness which often causes a stigma to be attached to the people who suffer from it - for the sake of promoting a wider understanding of depression - makes this an admirable book worthy of reading.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
What a terrific book. Helped me to try to understand depression and how a couple of friends, one of whom died, had felt when they were at their lowest
Published 5 days ago by shirley smithies
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Worth reading if you know someone with ...
Great read. Worth reading if you know someone with depression. Helps you to understand them better
Published 7 days ago by Puds
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by rachel waite
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Everyone should read this, even those who've never walked with the black dog. Insightful and funny, it's brightened many dark days.
Published 1 month ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A really good in site into the world of depression and the consequences of this terrible illness,not only for the sufferer but also for the family trying to support without any... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I totally loved it!
I totally loved it! Frank, brutally honest, expansive and soul-searingly lucid. If you've ever been to the "blackness" then this is the book for you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by comm88
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Pages yellow old
Published 2 months ago by mrs r a printer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
A must for anyone who suffers with depression, and an insight for anyone who is close to someone who has depression.
Published 2 months ago by Lee W
3.0 out of 5 stars I can usually read a book in 2 or 3 ...
I can usually read a book in 2 or 3 days, if it grabs me from the start. Not sure why, but 2 weeks on and I am only half way through.
Published 2 months ago by CM Patsides
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellence book on depression
Published 2 months ago by egantol
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