Living with a Black Dog
I already have The Black Dog, which I use all the time at work (I'm a counsellor for teenagers). One thing I come across a lot are young people affected by their carer's depression. They often feel guilty and don't know how to help them. This book has been very helpful in getting a lot of information across and giving them space and an opening to talk about how they feel. It has been invaluable.
I have my own personal mutt who thankfully only now makes irregular appearances. Unfortunately, thanks to my faulty genes, it has spurned a pup who visits my teenage daughter. The effect has devastated our family. All my professional and personal experience counted for nothing when I see her struggling to cope as her Black Dog sometimes consumes her. Reading this book has helped me hone how I help her and given her plenty of ammo for the times when I get it wrong (!) It has been a huge help to my husband, who was clueless intially about how to help either of us!
Get it if you have depression, or a family member has depression. The pictures really do say a thousand words.