Living with the Black Dog

Caroline says:

"When my life partner of twenty years became depressed – it was a shock. I needed advice – but couldn't find the right kind quickly enough. So I wrote this book!"

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'Living With the Black Dog' gives you masses of advice and support on:

  • How to look after yourself and the rest of your family
  • How to support your partner
  • Understanding depression and how it affects you
  • Strategies to get you through
  • Where to get help


Caroline tells her story very honestly, interweaving it with case studies and information panels. It shows how she coped, and how others can too. - Yorkshire Today/Lincolnshire Today

This is by far the best book to have been written by a carer of a depressed partner. It is moving, practical, down to earth and personal. Above all it is warm... This book is an obligatory read . - Paul Lanham, Vice-President of Depression Alliance

Recommended patient resource: An honest account of Caroline Carr's relationship plus other case studies and practical resources and coping techniques. - Independent Nurse

Editor's response to letter feature: I'm sending you a copy of 'Living With the Black Dog' by Caroline Carr, which has some great tips. - Woman

Having recently developed postnatal depression, I was interested to read your article 'How I survived my husband's depression'. This article really made me understand how my partner must be feeling. I just wanted to say thank you for giving me such an insight into the other side of my illness. SHE Magazine reader letter in response to Caroline Carr's feature in the April issue.

And some unsolicited reader emails:

"I just want to say how reassuring I have found your book."

"I have found some of your coping strategies most helpful – the 'license' to detach myself and the 'permission' to be an individual in my own right has been liberating."

"I have read your book and have found it very helpful and I am now in the process of reading it again to remind me on how to cope."

"Everybody who has a depressed partner should read this book. In fact it should be prescribed through the NHS as so many people would benefit!"

"I have recently read your book and thought it was excellent!"

"Many many thanks for your book its been a good help to me."

"Thank you for making people aware of the 'other' person."

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