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Who says depression has to be depressing?
on 22 March 2011
This is a very honest, open and, most importantly, funny true life story about the realities of living with clinical depression.
Anyone who has, or are close to someone who has, suffered from the condition knows how horrific and destructive it can be. They'll also know that often the only way to cope is through the blackest of black humour and this is what Matt Shaw shows here.
He doesn't shy away from the often selfish nature of depression, or the way it makes those suffering through it often dislikeable or even cruel at times. He readily acknowledges the negative impact it's had on his relationships and development.
But, and it's a very big but, he proves that a sense of humour and self-awareness can be the biggest weapons in the arsenal of anyone who's been affected by this horrible illness.
As he states from the outset, this isn't a book that offers a cure, or even a way through, depression. But it does show that such things are possible and do-able.
The cartoons are hilarious, too.