Psychiatric Tales – I AM FURIOUS, DISGUSTED AND DEEPLY OFFENDED!

I wish I had never touched this book!

I AM so disgusted and offended by this book that I can’t even!

I will not dignify this book, with ANY stars.

About the book

Psychiatric Tales

Psychiatric Tales draws on Darryl Cunningham’s time working in a psychiatric ward to give a reasoned and sympathetic look into the world of mental illness. In each chapter, Cunningham explores a different mental health problem, using evocative imagery to describe the experience of mental illness, both from the point of view of those beset by illness and their friends and relatives. As Cunningham reveals this human experience, he also shows how society’s perceptions of and reactions to mental illness perpetuate needless stigma, for example, the myth that schizophrenic people are more likely to commit crimes than non-schizophrenic people. Psychiatric Tales is a groundbreaking graphic work; it deftly demythologizes and destigmatizes the disorders that 26.2 percent of American adults live with every day.

Concluding with a reflection on how mental illness has affected his own life, Darryl Cunningham’s Psychiatric Tales is a moving, engaging examination of what is, at its root, the human condition.

Darryl Cunningham is the creator of the Web comics Super-Sam and John-of-the-Night and The Streets of San Diablo. He is a prolific cartoonist, sculptor, and photographer, and lives in Leeds, England. This is his first book.

 

Review

I’m literally shaking with fury when writing this review!

I have a few loved ones afflicted with mental illness and would never like to see them represented this way. It’s crude, dehumanizing and degrading!”

I had been very interested in books about Mental Health for a while when I read this book. I was looking for children books about mental health and ran into a blog post that was promoting this book. Just by looking at it and reading the blurb I already had the gut feeling I was not gonna like it. A COMIC STRIP ABOUT PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESSES???

But I still requested it from the library. I NEEDED to know how on earth mental health was going to be handled in a comic strip.

Just after reading the introduction, I had an idea about what I was facing. Cunningham already sounded pedantic about mental Illness. The explanation about why the book existed came across completely cold, detached and distant.

I took me one chapter, [dementia ward] which was only nine pages long to profoundly hate this book.

I was deeply disgusted.

Dear Mr. Cunningham,

WHAT ON EARTH WHERE YOU THINKING WHEN YOU WROTE THIS BOOK?

Is this how you felt about your patients? How can you say in the blurb that this was “ a reasoned and sympathetic look into the world of mental illness”???? I have NEVER read a more, superficial, egocentric, disrespectful, utterly unsympathetic depiction of mental illness in my entire life.

I FOUND THIS BOOK COMPLETELY DEHUMANIZING!

PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES ARE HUMANS BEINGS.

THEY ARE MUCH MORE THAN JUST THEIR SYMPTOMS!

This first chapter reduced the patients to a list of “disgusting” or “weird” behaviors the patients present. I kid you not, most of the chapter was about how these patients didn’t now how or didn’t want to use the toilet and did their business in the hallways… AND THE CHAPTER ENDS WITH A PATIENT WALKING AWAY EATING THE POOP OF ANOTHER PATIENT “like a chocolate bar”! That was LITERALLY the term Mr. Cunningham used to described a very sad moment in a PERSON’S LIFE. That is what the first chapter was about!

It was vile, degrading, cruel, and just disgusting!

What I found more dangerous about his book is that, according to Cunningham, it’s intended to motivate people to work in the mental health area! So, I’m going to say it this bluntly:

Mr. Cunningham I would never want anyone

who thinks like you or likes your book

to take care of any of my loved ones suffering from mental illness

I hope no one else reads this book. There are wonderful books about Mental Health out there to waste a minute reading this one!

Thank you all for visiting and staying during all this venting!

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