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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407096131
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

Depression And How To Survive It




In 1982 Anthony Clare interviewed Spike Milligan for the radio series In The Psychiatrist's Chair and was so overwhelmed by Milligan's account of his forty years of depressive experiences that he knew he had found the person to help him illuminate and explore the mysterious and sometimes terrifying illness that is clinical depression

Depression and How to Survive It is the result of this collaboration, through which Anthony Clare charts the development of Spike's illness and the strategies he uses in dealing with it. Drawing inspiration and advice from Spike's experience, Depression and How to Survive It is a book which takes you to the depths of human unhappiness in order to shou you the way out.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407096131
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the authors

Anthony Clare

Anthony Clare has been Professor and Head of Department of Psychological Medicine of St Bartholomew's Hospital and is Professor of Psychiatry at Dublin University. He is presenter of the popular series In the Psychiatrist's Chair.

Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan (1918–2002) was a famous British comedian, poet, writer and musician. His wild imagination and madcap humour had a timeless appeal that continues to delight audiences of all ages to this day.Spike (Terence Alan) was born to British parents in India, where his father, an army captain, was stationed in Poona (Pune). The family lived in India and Rangoon (Yangon) before returning to Britain when Spike was twelve.When the Second World War (as Spike called it, the Adolf Hitler Show) began, he enlisted and served in the 56th Heavy Regiment as a signaller. During his time in the army he joined the Bill Hall Trio and performed for the troops.He is perhaps best known for creating, writing and performing the popular 1950s BBC Radio show The Goon Show. He has written several story books and poetry for children. His novels include Puckoon, and he produced seven volumes of war memoirs.Badjelly the Witch, which Spike wrote for his daughter Jane, was first published in 1973. It was performed on BBC radio in England, and later on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday morning children’s programme.Spike was awarded an honorary knighthood and CBE for his services to entertainment, and also the British Comedy Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award. A BBC poll voted him as the ‘funniest person of the last 1000 years’. His poem ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ was voted Britain’s funniest poem.Spike died at the age of 83 and his tombstone inscription – ‘I told you I was ill’ – ensures that he will forever be remembered first and foremost as a comic genius.

Praise for Depression And How To Survive It

Anyone worried about a depressed friend or relative should read this book

Daily Telegraph

Interesting and entertaining

Times

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