Depression is like owning a bad dog. This is a book about living with that dog, training it, and learning to make peace with it.
“…an incredibly honest, insightful and helpful depiction of living with depression. It is likely to be of interest to anyone who has experienced depression themselves, or who supports someone living with depression.”- Professor Thalia Eley, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London
“It is so close to what I often feel but cannot explain… for the first time it seems like I am not the only one feeling this way.”
- Anonymous reader
- Anonymous reader
Dog Years is a book about depression, but it isn’t depressing. It’s about learning to live with what ails you, and realizing that you're not alone. There’s even some bits that are kinda funny.
Although it’s a personal story about my own experiences, it’s also a broad enough that it can be applied to many others. When it was published online, I was overwhelmed by the responses from people telling me how they related to it. I hope printing it will allow it to be shared even further.
The story starts in infancy, goes through teenage years (where the dog really sinks its teeth in), and into adulthood, where years of training have begun to pay off. It addresses the frequent connection between artists and mental health, and the effect depression can have on creative work, as well as on relationships and your own self identity. It's a book about surviving.
You can show it to your friends or family or partners who don't seem to get it when you try to tell them how you're feeling. You can also "accidentally" leave it lying around your house, so your mum or dad or partner or roommate finds it and reads it and figures it out. You can lend it to a friend who's going through a rough patch. You can just look at it on your bookshelf from time to time and remember that you are not alone in this. We are a legion of dog owners.