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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
I do suffer from depression and find this book inspiring and useful to see there is a way to get through life!
Sally writes with honesty and factually about the illness and offers really useful personal advice, with a little light humour thrown in.
I am particually impressed that she writes through experience, which is what attracted me to the write up I saw in a magazine.
This is a book I would recommend to anyone suffering from any form of depression. Enjoy, learn and know you can do it!
More eloquent reviewers have written much better reviews than I'm capable of, so I'll keep it simple.
The book does have a happy ending (for those that need one, and who doesn't?), so if you're suffering from depression (or wonder whether you may be, like I did), then the likelihood is that reading it TO THE END can help you. In many places, I found the similarities between what the author was feeling and my own feelings frighteningly similar.
If you think you know someone who is suffering from depression, then I'd also recommend you read it to the end. There's no doubt it will help you to understand what that person is going through, and (more importantly), it will help you to help them, if you love them enough.
These days I find it difficult to stick with any book to the end, but this one was no problem. In fact I marked several chapters to be read again, the most useful being 9; Fine is a Four-Letter Word.
Despite me being in another black hole at the time I read it, this book left me with a palpable feeling of optimism.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A real heartfelt read .. A true description and understanding of being in the depths of depression and a way forward.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I knew Sally, I had worked with her many times and I ADORED her. She had a childlike 'Monroe-esque' beauty and vulnerability about heand she was SUCH a joy to be around..... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Debra A. Andreadis
A very interesting book which gave me a lot of help when I needed it. Such a pity that writing it could not save the author herself - so sad. Read morePublished 1 month ago by VAP
And inspirational and detailed journey giving a real understand of living with the black dogPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Insightful and inspirational with plenty of useful information. Anyone with a role in mental health should read this. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lydia Markova
This is now classed as my forever book, to remind me what I went through myself, and to make sure I fight hard to stop myself going down the same road again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Louise612
Having read this after Sally's death made it all the more poignant.
Very thorough and unique account of her roller coaster ride with depression. Read more
This is a very peceptive memoir dealing with the mental anguish experienced by a successful woman and the various psychological and psychiatric treatments she went through over... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr Gene
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