The number of people who suffer from depression is in the millions. Depression does not know sex, race, creed or religion. Many sufferers feel ashamed and try to keep it to themselves.
Sally Brampton, a former writer and editor of several well known fashion magazines, is one of these people. She bravely bares her soul in her 2009 book, Shoot The Dam Dog. Unlike many of us who choose to keep our depression hidden, Sally keeps nothing hidden in her fight with this debilitating disease.
She describes in great detail her childhood, her present life up to the publishing of the book. She speaks of the many forms of therapy from the basic talk therapy and anti-depressants to the more severe hospitalization and shock therapies. Her research is not only based on personal experience, but also studies done by doctors and universities about depression and the many methods of treatment that exist.
What hooked me was the end of the second chapter. Ms. Brampton speaks of the good things in her life. Her successful career , her family, her boyfriend. She has it all, but is depressed. We live completely different lives, but I understand her. I know what it is like to have everything, but to feel like you have nothing.
I highly recommend this book, especially if the reader or someone the reader knows is suffering from depression. It may just start them on the road to recovery.