I Had a Black Dog

I Had a Black Dog

Matthew Johnstone

Language: English

Pages: 16

ISBN: 1845295897

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

I Had a Black Dog

Matthew Johnstone

Language: English

Pages: 16

ISBN: 1845295897

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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Publish Year note: First published August 1st 2005
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Artist and writer Matthew Johnstone, a sufferer himself, has written and illustrated this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion. It shows that strength and support that can be found within and around us to tame it. Black Dog can be a terrible beast, but with the right steps can be brought to heel.

"There are many different breeds of Black Dog affecting millions of people from all walks of life. The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel." -- Matthew Johnstone

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judge me. Because of the shame and stigma associated with Black Dog, I became a champion at fooling everyone, both at home and at work. Keeping up an emotional lie takes an incredible amount of energy. It’s like trying to cover up epilepsy, a heart attack, or diabetes. Black Dog could make me say negative things. Black Dog could make me irritable and difficult to be around. Black Dog thought nothing of taking my love and burying my intimacy. He liked to wake me

Eventually I became quite good at self medication ... ... which never really helped. I began to feel totally isolated from everything and everyone. Black Dog finally succeeded in hijacking my life; he brought me to my knees. My will to go on had deserted me. Which was about the time I sought professional help and got a clinical diagnosis. This was my first step towards recovery and was a major turning point in my life. I discovered that there are many different

unconditional love, patience, humour and support. To my daughter, Abby, for bringing me so much joy and being undoubtedly the best natural antidepressant I’ve ever had. My dearest family and friends, who have given so much love, encouragement and support; thank you. To my literary agents, Pippa Masson, Fiona Inglis, Louise Thurtell and the staff at Curtis Brown, who believed in this project and signed me up. To Jill Wran, who introduced me to Curtis Brown. My fabulous publisher, Alex Craig, and

Lanchesters 162 Fulham Palace Road London W6 9ER www.constablerobinson.com First published in Australia in 2005 by Pan, an imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Limited St Martins Tower, 31 Market Street, Sydney First published in the UK by Robinson, an imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd 2007 Text and illustration copyright © Matthew Johnstone 2007 The right of Matthew Johnstone to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with the

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988. All rights reserved. This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. Important Note This book is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Any person with a

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