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keep that black dog on a lead
on 13 May 2014
Rachel Kelly's account of her 19 year depression, and how poetry, love, cognitive behaviour therapy and pills help her survive is beautifully written and sobering. Like Andrew Solomon, whose own book The Noonday Demon, should be read in tandem with this it shows how even the most blessed and loved can be suddenly undone by mental collapse. Kelly's physical agony as she re-lives a near plane-crash over and over, paralysing her with fear, is one of the surprises of this book about mental torment. She describes her own way out with painful honesty, but clearly remains fragile.
Depression is a common affliction yet remains stigmatised, especially among the successful. It is a genuine illness, and as crippling as a broken leg or cancer. Black Rainbows is another step forward into bringing it into the light of day.