Friday, July 26, 2013

Book: Psychiatric Tales by Darryl Cunningham

Pyschiatric Tales is an insightful, sympathetic graphic novel (a more appropriate term might be 'graphic documentary') that provides an insider's understanding of a host of psychiatric ailments, including dementia, suicidal tendencies, self-harm, the black-dog of depression, anti-social behaviour and schizophrenia. The format is an ideal vehicle to raise awareness of these uncomfortable subjects amongst the layman, as a film documentary or text-only book would likely be too depressing and harrowing. Credit to the author for a great achievement.



- We live in a society where many of the psychopathic traits are considered quite reasonable. Selfishness, lack of empathy, superficiality and manipulativeness ... are traits that are highly valued in the worlds of business, politics, the law and academia. I've met psychopaths who knew very well what they were and remained unconcerned about it. Once I had a friend ...(describes psychopathic traits) ... years later, I heard that he'd become a lawyer.

- Only a positive self-image, confidence and better coping skills can bring about emotional stability .... goals that take years to achieve and are hard won .... but are far from impossible.

- On bipolar disorder: It's very easy to think, once you are well, that you don't need drugs anymore ... this always leads to disaster.

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