I Had a Black Dog

I Had a Black Dog

By Matthew Johnstone   

Black Dog is shorthand for a disease the millions of people suffer from – depression. Artist and writer Matthew Johnstone, a sufferer himself, has written and illustrated this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion.

This book is VERY easy reading – perfect for the ‘non-reader’ and to have as a ‘coffee table’ book for anyone to pick up browse through.  It has one sentence per page and the pictures tell the powerful story while maintaining a ‘lighter’ tone treating depression as if it were a black dog.  A quick read will give a very poignant insight into the effects off depression,


Matthew Johnstone was a man who appeared to have it all. He was at the peak of his career and winning big business, but for many years he hid a dark secret. Matthew Johnstone was suffering from clinical depression.

Matthew Johnstone made the classic life choices of someone with depressive tendencies. “Depression isn’t about feeling down, it’s about being devoid of feeling altogether”, he says. “I changed jobs, relationships and countries regularly. I had that thing of ‘if I just do this, or go there, I’ll be OK’. It was all about running away from what was happening inside.” Matthew Johnstone finally sought help and dysthymia was diagnosed – a chronic major depression.


You can purchase ‘ I had a Black Dog ‘ from all major bookshops in Australia or online fromDymocks Bookstores

Published by:  Pan McMillan Australia

ISBN:  9780330421836


I just bought the book called I Had a Black Dog for my daughter.  My husband use to have it and we use to read it often. The drawings were quite humorous and it always made us smile.

– Olga 2012

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