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Psychiatric Tales: Out At Last
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At long last my graphic novel Psychiatric Tales has been published.

Psychiatric Tales by Darryl Cunningham

Psychiatric Tales is a book that attempts to demythologise mental illness. Forget what you've seen in movies or on TV. This book shows what the experience of mental illness actually is for both patients and the staff who treat them.

Media representations of people who suffer mental illness tend to be appalling. We live in an age where racism and sexism is considered unacceptable. Yet the mentally ill are still considered fair game for ridicule and are subject to the worst kind of prejudice. I had an e-mail recently from a young man who intended to buy two copies of the book when it came out. One for his mother, and one for his step-father. He wanted to show his family that the bipolar disorder he'd been diagnosed with, was a real illness, and that he needed their understanding not hostility.

We still live in a world, sadly, where depression is seen as weakness of character, and psychosis (such as hearing voices) is considered proof of dangerousness. Even the psychiatric nursing profession itself suffers prejudice. I've worked with many general nurses who considered psychiatric nurses not to be real nurses at all.

I'm hoping that Psychiatric Tales will be a real stigma-busting book. An empowering book for those who suffer the illnesses described, and a insight into a much-misunderstood world, for those who know little of the subject.

Buy it here from Forbidden Planet

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Just ordered a copy! (PT not FAT COCKS-)

Edited at 2010-04-29 12:45 pm (UTC)

I ordered a copy, if they're still in print around Christmas I will probably buy more. I know a few people who could benefit from reading this.

Yes it'll still be around at Christmas. I expect there to be further printings.

Just ordered myself a copy. Thanks for writing this. There should be more books that tell the truth about mental illness.

Congratulations, Darryl, it looks amazing. I'll definitely buy one. It must be so satisfying to finally have the books bound up and in your hands.

Just bought 2 copies, one for me and one for a chum.

40% discount! Woo!

It looks fantastic!

I hope you sell millions!

Keep us posted with the sales progress!

Well done, you've done an amazing job Darryl!

Whoo hoo!!! Just ordered mine from FPI. Yay, a HUGE congratulations!!!!!!!

I'm so glad this is out in book form - I'm going to buy it and lend it to lots of people1

*Fireworks, jubilations and celebrations*

Congrats! I've really enjoyed watching the book progress. :D Even my Mom wants one as we are a mentally ill family.

Would you like to make up an ad for me to post over at borderline? Or I can just copy/past what you have here. I'm sure many of the members here and on other mental illness support groups would benefit from your book.

Feel free to copy/post this entry. Thanks very much.

Done. :) I hope your book sells well. I plan on getting a copy myself as soon as I get my finances sorted for May.

Congratulations for the publication. I hope to order my copy since I'm from Mexico. I need to check that out.

thank you for your efforts I hope every one got a copy of this book :3

Bloomsbury will be doing a US edition early next year. Which is a bit nearer you.

I just wanted to say that although I am currently broke I wish I could have this book, you pushed the envelope until it fell from the table, seriously, I have borderline and the things you wrote are so much closer to the truth than what most others think. You will make such a positive impact with this book and I thank you for that. Thank you for speaking up on all of our behalf, all of us with mental illnessthat I personally know are dead glad to see this book finally ready and published!!!

Just ordered it and looking forward to finally seeing all the tales in one place IN PRINT!
You have done an amazing thing Daryl and I really do hope that people come to see it as a stigma busting book. It deserves that at the very least.
Your style of art and writing come together really well and the parts about depression touch very closely (sometimes uncomfortably so) on how I have felt.
Will post the links everywhere I can and I really wish you the best of luck.

Ahhh~ I really want this.
Are they shipping to the US? I don't really know how this works.

I hope the best for this book and for you - going to order a copy as soon as I'm able, voting with my pocketbook.

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