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Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories About Mental Illness

by Darryl Cunningham

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    Persepolis I : The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (vnovak)
    vnovak: In the introduction to Psychiatric Tales, Darryl Cunningham said that he was inspired to write it after reading Persepolis. They share a spare, black and white style and a empathetic view of difficult topics.
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A personal and quite revealing look at mental illness and how people endure or suffer through them.

Mental illness is a serious business, and anything and anyone that treats those who suffer from them with dignity and respect deserves praise. The art conveys the feelings very well. Recommended. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
Cunningham, a cartoonist who worked on a Bristish psychiatric ward, tells 11 "graphic stories" (i.e., stories in visual format) of psychiatric disorders. These are not 11 tales of people (though some include anonymized people and one describes the author's own experiences with anxiety. For the most part they're descriptions of mental health problems made more compelling with human examples. There's an over-representation of self-injury, and I don't agree with all of his assertions, but with those caveats, this could be a useful adjunct to an introductory abnormal psychology course. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
Starkly written and illustrated stories of working as a psychiatric nurse. I think the book is stronger when it illuminates conditions through specific anecdotes, as opposed to Cunningham's more general discussions. A bit depressing. ( )
  Cynara | Jan 2, 2012 |
This an interesting look at mental illness from someone who used to work in the area and struggled with their own issues. Its a mix of memoir and a look at the effects of different issues, told in a snapshots and illustrated with endearing black and white artwork. If you are familiar with the illnesses and the industry there may not be much to learn here but it's well told and to everyone else fascinating. ( )
  clfisha | Sep 1, 2011 |
Fantastic, important book. I fully recommend this without hesitation. ( )
  irreverent_reader | Jul 28, 2011 |
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This book delves inside the mystery of mental disorders - presenting explanations and recollections using the cartoonist's own experiences as both a psychiatric and care nurse and as someone who himself has suffered from depression.

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