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 well Afterword Acknowledgements Where to from here? Glossary References
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.
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.
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. -- Professor Geoff Gallop, former Premier of Western Australia