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Dandelions and Bad Hair Days Paperback – 30 Aug 2012
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I bought this book partly to support the charity it has been produced to raise funds for, and partly to understand long-term depression. It is easy to read and skips along between digestible experiences and poetry. It is about ordinary people who are talented, intelligent and to all intents and purposes living their lives like everyone else.
Dandelions and Bad Hair Days gives the voice of experience without the clinical terms or psycho-babble. An excellent read.
The collection comprises prose, poetry, interviews, memories and art all edited by writer Suzie Grogan whose blog on mental health was the first platform for many of these voices. The honesty and bravery of the contributors is inspiring and thought-provoking. As well as raising funds for SANE, OCD Action and other mental health charities, Dandelions and Bad Hair Days lifts the lid on this hidden and often taboo subject and invites us all to join the writers in their daily struggles and the support they share with others to help face the challenges of these debilitating and unpredictable conditions. A must-read for everyone.
There is a message also for so-called `normal' folk. You need to get your minds around how to respond if a friend, family member, pupil or neighbour shows symptoms that make you uncomfortable. Your discomfort is not their problem but yours. Of course if you express your discomfort in negative and confrontational ways, those outbursts become their problem in that, as well as coping with their very difficult lives, they have to cope with you too. A cheap ebook with profits going to charity. I wholeheartedly recommend it for everyone to read and so be able to make a difference to someone's life.