Following from my last post, a few friends have recommended some other videos and pictures and comics.
The first, sent to me by various friends, deserves a whole post to itself. It’s the wonderful Hyperbole and a Half. A selection of brilliant comics on a variety of topics including depression. Both funny, sad, true and uplifting, they are a work of genius. Some of them are short and sweet, others, like ‘Depression part Two’ are seriously long (by internet attention standards), but deserve a proper read. The author, who describes him/herself as “heroic, caring, alert and flammable”, brings a dark humour to serious experiences:
Another friend, Ben, recommended this animation on depression, which uses Churchill’s ‘Black dog’ to illustrate the experience of depression, and how, perhaps using imagery, a person can learn to live with their experiences. The animation is by the illustrator and author, Matthew Johnstone (in conjunction with the WHO) although I’m not clear if he’s talking of his own experiences. Worth a watch..
Susanne sent me this cartoon, which speaks for itself.
And then Julia reminded us that depression is actually often actually misdiagnosed IED (Inappropriate Environment Disorder), a new diagnosis that I’m hoping to get to replace almost all other diagnoses in the DSM-VI.