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Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories About Mental Illness

by Darryl Cunningham

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    Persepolis: 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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I first read a couple of these stories online a few years ago and found them compelling, so I grabbed this off the library bookshelf. It's a quick read, but moving; Cunningham's stories ring true, even if his admonitions about the stigma against mental illness are textbook cliches. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Nov 16, 2015 |
This is a short read in terms of time but deserves as much time as you can give it. In 11 chapters, Cunningham illustrates his experiences working as a nursing assistant in the field of mental health, as well as his personal history with mental health. The black and white drawings pull you in to show you the faces behind people with mental health issues: bipolar disorders, depression, self-harm, dementia and suicide are all discussed in these pages. Having relatives with dementia, I found that a difficult chapter to get through, but Cunningham is sensitive and compassionate toward his subjects. This is worth reading if you can get your hands on a copy. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Feb 16, 2015 |
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 |
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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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