Title: Depression and How to Survive it
Author: Spike Milligan and Anthony Clare
Page Count/Review Word Count: 218
This book is apparently relatively recent, but a lot of the attitudes in it are kind of outdated. That’s not to say that they’re espoused by the authors though, but I think that a lot of the studies that they cited that talked about the stigma against depression are less relevant these days. That’s not to say that there isn’t still a stigma, but I think there’s already a much better understanding.
It’s kind of a weird book, because it’s a combination between a biography of Spike Milligan and a how-to guide that’s designed to help people to cope with it. I haven’t really come across anything similar to it, but I also think there’s probably a good reason for that. I’m still not convinced that it works.
Still, as a sufferer of depression myself, I felt like there was a lot for me to take away from it. And besides, I’m slowly but surely working my way through all of Milligan’s books, and so this was just another one that needed ticking off. I probably put it off for a little longer than I needed to.