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.
Tessa Wigney is a writer, with an Honours degree in Sociology. She is undertaking a PhD at the University of New South Wales, based at the Black Dog Institute. Kerrie Eyers is a psychologist and teacher, and is the Publications Consultant at the Black Dog Institute. She is editor of Tracking the Black Dog (UNSW Press, 2006). Gordon Parker is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, and Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute. He is a mood disorders researcher with an international reputation, and he authored Dealing with Depression.
Foreword An invitation 1 The landscape of depression: Introduction to the illness 3 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 wellAfterwordAcknowledgementsWhere to from here?GlossaryReferences