Psychiatric Tales

Psychiatric Tales

Graphic Novel - 2011
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Psychiatric Tales draws on Darryl Cunningham's time working in a psychiatric ward to give a reasoned and sympathetic look into the world of mental illness. In each chapter, Cunningham explores a different mental health problem, using evocative imagery to describe the experience of mental illness, both from the point of view of those beset by illness and their friends and relatives. As Cunningham reveals this human experience, he also shows how society's perceptions of and reactions to mental illness perpetuate needless stigma, for example, the myth that schizophrenic people are more likely to commit crimes than non-schizophrenic people. Psychiatric Tales is a groundbreaking graphic work; it deftly demythologizes and destigmatizes the disorders that 26.2 percent of American adults live with every day.

Concluding with a reflection on how mental illness has affected his own life, Darryl Cunningham's Psychiatric Tales is a moving, engaging examination of what is, at its root, the human condition.


Darryl Cunningham is the creator of the Web comics Super-Sam and John-of-the-Night and The Streets of San Diablo . He is a prolific cartoonist, sculptor, and photographer, and lives in Leeds, England. This is his first book.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2011
Edition: 1st US ed
ISBN: 9781608192786
Branch Call Number: CUNN
Characteristics: x, 139 p. : chiefly ill

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ziggzyoda61
Jul 31, 2017

OOhh so sweetly real in premise!
How real would you like to take this?

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mclarjh
Jun 16, 2015

Simple pen and ink drawings, important subject but the stories sometimes lectured the reader and were largely superficial.

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VRMurphy
Oct 27, 2014

Excellent as a primer or reminder.

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Haven0406
May 07, 2014

I wouldn't say I loved this one, because I read novels and this was in a graphic style, although I would say that I enjoyed reading it when I didn't really have anything else to do.
It was decent.

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MattPellerin
Dec 13, 2013

a beautiful and informative read ! 10/10

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robe0358
Oct 06, 2013

Immensely compassionate read on mental illness. Simple comic illustrations convey much in this insightful graphic novel.

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alice_liddell
Apr 20, 2011

Read this at the VPL. Compilation of psychiatric ward cases by a ex-ward nurse. The simplistic black and white comic art lets the reader focus not on the art but on the information, which gives a overview of the main types of psychiatric illness through various somber anecdotes. Innovative medium for informing others about this sort of thing; reading comics is way more compelling than reading pamphlets or books. Not a terribly emotional read, but there are some things that would shock the uninitiated.

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robe0358
Oct 06, 2013

robe0358 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Jul 31, 2017

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