By Julie Burton
Reviewed by Paula Lopez
Julie Barton grew up with an abusive brother. She did not receive the emotional support she needed to work through the trauma and pain, and so her experiences led to feelings of inadequacy — and, ultimately, debilitating depression.
In Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself, Barton writes of her suicidal breakdown, in 1996, when mental illness was not much discussed. Weaving together memories of her traumatic childhood, her severe depression, and the birth and growth of her dog, she shows us how the bond between her and her pet helped during some very low times.
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression, especially women. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.