Review in the Daily Mail UK
Wedded to Black Dog: One couple reveal how caring for a depressive can be as harrowing as the illness itself
Review from MentalHealth.org.nz
Living with a black dog: how to take care of someone with depression while looking after yourself, written by Matthew and Ainsley Johnstone and illustrated by Matthew Johnstone (Pan MacMillan Australia, 2008)
This second book from Matthew Johnstone, author of I had a black dog, is an equally touching and beautifully illustrated book, written for those who care for those with depression. This must-have guide for partners, family, friends and colleagues of depression sufferers, includes practical advice about recognising the symptoms of depression in a loved one, living with a depressed person, and helping them to tame their Black Dog.
Using wonderful illustrations, Matthew and his wife Ainsley offer a moving, inspirational and often humorous portrait of life with depression. In a simple and clever way, the book offers valuable insights about helpful approaches to living with depression and the importance of self-care for the carer.
Review from Waterstone’s Rating and Reviews
Depression can be a very abstract concept to those who do not suffer from it. It may be hard to understand or even impossible. ‘Living with a black dog’ is really a brilliant book about a very difficult subject. Author Matthew Johnstone has suffered from depression himself and wrote ‘I had a black dog’ to illustrate his feelings and the condition. Together with his wife he wrote ‘Living with a black dog’ about caring for someone with a black dog and how not to lose yourself in the proces. The result is a book that shows and tells about depression but also tells how to not let it dominate your relationship or get bitten by the black dog yourself while caring for someone. I think this is a great book for people who have a black dog in the family. This book will help you understand depression in a way words could never tell!
Average Customer Rating: 5 stars