“Two things saved me,” Darryl Cunningham is apt to quip, “Prozac and the internet . . . and I’m still on the internet.” Halfway through the making of Psychiatric Tales he had a breakdown and had to give up his training as a mental health nurse. This graphic inquiry into mental illness catalogues, in part, his recovery. It is delivered without a hint of melodrama or self pity in appealing, blocky, monochrome panels. Cunningham is acutely aware of the discrimination and stigma that mental problems engender, and this book takes steps towards removing that stigma, opening the subject for frank discussion. Chapters deal with dementia, self harm, schizophrenia, depression, antisocial personality disorder, and so on, illustrated with anecdotes from the author’s experience.
This is not a textbook; there is no pretence at being a comprehensive survey of psychiatric illness; rather, each chapter investigates an area of interest to the author,