Journeys With the Black Dog: Inspirational stories of bringing depression to heel

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Tessa Wigney, Kerrie Eyers, Gordon Parker Australian author

Journeys With the Black Dog
304 pages
2007
ISBN: 9781741752649

Autobiographical stories written by sufferers of depression open the lid on this insidious and often silent disease and chart the journey from first onset to successful management. Inspiring and insightful reading from people who know exactly what it means to bring the black dog to heel.

Depression can be a dark and lonely experience: sharing with a friend can make all the difference...

In Journeys with the Black Dog many people share their stories of living with depression. Personal stories of first symptoms, the path to getting diagnosed, the confusion and frustration, and all the many ways of keeping depression at bay whatever it takes.

Written with raw honesty and sharp humour, these stories demonstrate it is possible to gain control over depression. Journeys with the Black Dog is genuinely inspiring reading for anyone who suffers from depression and those who care for them.

Table of Contents

Foreword

An invitation

  1. The landscape of depression: Introduction to the illness
  2. Into the void: Confusion and chaos at onset
  3. The slippery slope: Sinking into depression
  4. At the edge: Lure of the dark sirens
  5. Stepping stones: Diagnosis and disclosure
  6. Finding a way: The power of acceptance and responsibility
  7. Roads to recovery: On seeking professional help
  8. Travelling companions: Perspective of family and friends
  9. Staying on Course: Stay well' strategies
  10. The view from the top: Some positives

Tips from the writers on staying well

Afterword

Acknowledgements

Where to from here?

Glossary

References

"These stories provide inspiration, wise counsel, and hope."
- Anne Deveson, AO, Writer, Broadcaster and Filmmaker

"A wonderful book for anyone who has been depressed or who wants to understand depression better. It is insightful, compassionate, and invaluable."
- Kay Redfield Jamison, Professor of Psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

"A most important addition to the growing library of books on depression. It is written by those who have lived and experienced depression for those who want to learn more. It cuts deep and speaks to the soul as well as the intellect."
- Geoff Gallop, Professor. Former Premier of Western Australia