Challenging the Black Dog: A Creative Guide For Tackling Depression

Challenging the Black Dog: A Creative Guide For Tackling Depression

Genres: Mental Health, Self Help
Publisher: Offbeat Brains
Publication Year: 2021
Format: 4x6 Paperback
Length: 102
Illustrator: Patmai De Vera
ASIN: 0648247422
ISBN: 9780648247425

Challenging the Black Dog is a pocketbook-sized creative therapy guide for people struggling with depression, created under the guidance of a qualified psychologist by someone with 25 years of "been there, done that" lived experience.

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About the Book

Are you looking for a way to put your inner critic in time-out while toilet-training your Black Dog?

Challenging the Black Dog makes starting your recovery from depression as simple as breaking out some well-chewed pens and a blank journal; because sometimes when you’re afraid of something it helps to cover the nightmare with glitter and doodles.

Using a combination of personal experience tempered by medical input this highly customizable and creative remix of the standard therapy workbook offers:

• Much-needed reassurance that you aren’t a ‘freak’ and that non-suicidal self-harm is a valid mental health issue that can be treated with time and effort.
• The opportunity, to manage your urges in a creative, life-affirming way, regardless of your writing or artistic talent.
• A self-guided recovery path that will always be in sync with your current needs and capabilities.
• An escape from the scary sight of endless lines and empty pages that comes with journaling by providing prompts, which are both inspiring and thought-provoking.
• An eclectic compilation of medically proven therapy techniques that’ll help you actively bolster your mental resilience and stability when you need it most.
• A fun introduction to the power of transformational storytelling and mindfulness art practices.

This pocketbook takes on the role of a best friend and much-needed guide during the dark times, and gives you a creative way to start your depression recovery with a few art supplies, a little bit of time, and a dash of self-honesty.

The Guide Includes:
– 102 pages
– Artwork by Patmai De Vera
– 37 art prompts
– 54 writing prompts
– 12-month monthly trigger log
– 12-month daily mood doodle log
– Mental health resource lists
– And more…

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About the Author
VJ Cast

VJ Cast is a non-fiction author, colouring book creator, introvert, and co-parent of a home-schooled teen on the spectrum.

She’s brings over two decades of experience with depression, social anxiety, trichotillomania, disordered eating (EDNOS), non-suicidal self-harm, and bipolar II to her mental health journals. Fibromyalgia also enjoys kicking her ass, so she’s close friends with numerous hot water bottles.

She lives on a small island off the coast of Queensland, Australia with an abundance of wildlife and far too many friendly mosquitoes.

Her hair colours, like her medications, are subject to change.

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