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My depression : a picture book /

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Language: English
Published: Hyperion, 2005
Edition: First edition.
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SUMMARY

Liz Swados takes readers on a journey that is achingly familiar to the thousands who suffer from depression and equally poignant for those who do not. Readers feel the weight of her struggle to keep her condition a secret; laugh with her about the strange effects of the new drugs; empathise with the little things that sometimes trigger a massive relapse (the change of seasons, professional rejection); and watch as she tries to overcome the long-term effect of the suicides of her mother and brother.


Review by Booklist Review

The multitalented Swados is the author of six children's books; three novels, including Flamboyant (1998); and an indelible family memoir, The Four of Us (1991). She is also a musician, director, and composer and the recipient of three Obies, among many other honors. She now presents a zingy cartoon memoir in which she chronicles her struggles with severe depression, a condition made all the more alarming by the fact that both Swados' mother and brother committed suicide. In expressively scribbled drawings and scrawled, to-the-point commentary, Swados charts the course her depression takes and itemizes the symptoms, which range from her insulting her friends to failing to get out of bed. The jangled, even manic energy of her drawings and text plays in effective counterpoint to the black hole of depression as Swados' candid, seemingly simple tale conveys a wealth of helpful information and dispels the gloom a bit by making readers laugh. This appealingly casual and upbeat volume is a good choice for readers unwilling to work their way through more substantial tomes. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2005 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.

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