- Title: My Depression: A Picture Book
- Author: Elizabeth Swados
- ISBN: 9781609806040
- Page: 256
- Format: Paperback
This intimate journey through long term depression is by turns tender, funny, poignant, and uplifting Swados charming words and frenzied drawings bring home the experience of severe depression, from the black cloud forming on the horizon to feelings of self loathing and loss of self confidence from contemplating suicide, which Swados describes as wandering off into theThis intimate journey through long term depression is by turns tender, funny, poignant, and uplifting Swados charming words and frenzied drawings bring home the experience of severe depression, from the black cloud forming on the horizon to feelings of self loathing and loss of self confidence from contemplating suicide, which Swados describes as wandering off into the Sahara desert discounting the buzzards and the scorpions , to actively seeking out methods for fighting depression including psychics, diet, and repression therapy to experimenting with antidepressants that make you snippy, sleepy, or judgmental My Depression is an engaging and heartening memoir of an illness that has been stigmatized for too long and on how it is possible to survive, one little challenge at a time, with medication and the occasional tasty, messy slice of pizza with dancing to a boombox on the street and thanking the mailman for the newest catalogue, then proceeding to read it cover to cover From the Hardcover edition.
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Good book with some humor about her struggles with depression, meant to be educative about depression in general but also a kind of honest memoir about what the process of her going into a depression is like. The drawings are… accessible, which is to say that they are like doodles, quick sketches anyone might make, like we can relate to her, vs. polished professional artistry…. but they are also good at getting at what she experiences, too. You can see how difficult and annoying she is to be [...]
Nice pictures, mostly infuriating tone with lots of back door brags.
A good overview of what it's like to suffer from depression and anxiety. I felt like the ending was a little rushed, though. Loved the artwork.
I found out about this book from watching the HBO special based on it but I think having seen the special first took away a lot of the impact that this book could have had on me. I loved the special and it is one of the most powerful animated shorts I've ever seen. There was a few times where I felt that lump in my throat and I am not a person who cries very easily.Anyway, I don't feel that I can fairly say this book didn't have that same power. Had I not already seen the special this might have [...]
This is an accurate portrayal of what it's like to suffer from depression. However, I think the author does tend to contradict herself a little bit, in that in the beginning she criticizes people for telling her to do X, Y, and Z to snap out of it but toward the end mentions that doing X, Y, and Z can help you snap out of it. Overall, though, a good and entertaining read about the life of someone who struggles with depression.
I can completely relate to this unsparingly honest, poignant, and funny graphic depiction of depression. In words and pictures, Swados captures perfectly chaos and darkness of this damned affliction with which I am intimately familiar.
A good glimpse into depression that goes deeper than sappy "pick yourself up" or "it will pass" aphorisms. Easy to read, often funny, but also sad and easy to empathize with. Swados' messy art style might not work for all, but I think it suits the subject matter well, and is exactly the kind of book that might help someone not depressed understand it, and also be palatable, even life-saving, to someone who's in the thick of one.
A fine depiction of her personal struggle against depression with humor; I don't find it very helpful to me anyway. I thought, at least, it would teach me some little tricks about how to fight against depression or some encouragements for those who are still suffering from depression-- but no.
Fehhhh. Another illness/medicine memoir that. begs the question, who did you make this for? Did you make it for yourself? Cool. Did it need to be published? Idk. Crab crab.
So good. Hard, but so good.
In this memoir full of cartoon-style illustrations, Elizabeth Swados provides readers with a window into her depression. She honestly and candidly describes life with depression and the struggle of treatment and decisions in a way that feels relatable and accurate.
After about 10 pages of reading this book I realized I had watched a documentary about the very same woman on the very same topic a couple weeks prior. While this little book was cute, I thought the documentary was much better. Liz Swados isn't the best artist, and I feel as though using an artist to animate the documentary and leaving the soundtrack up to Liz gave me a better sense of her as a person and made her story much more enjoyable to hear. However, I couldn't put the book down because w [...]
I received a copy of this book in a giveaway (first book I won, in fact). Of the books I've received, this has been one of the most anticipated. I've suffered from depression (Bipolar, OCD, Social Phobia, GAD) for as long as I can remember and have honestly never read something quite like this book. Most books on depression are normally very technical or have sad endings. "My Depression: A Picture Book," is a wonderfully accurate depiction of depression along with the feelings and actions assoc [...]
Liz Swados is a marvel, and this big little book exemplifies her abilities. The book can be read in an hour but I believe it can be treasured for a lifetime. Her honesty is brutal, because life is, but the spirit with which it is infused is gentle, kind, and loving. It is a picture book in the best sense, which is to say it is not an illustrated book, but the substance itself exists in the space between the words and the pictures and could not be transmitted in any other way. It should be essent [...]
I read this book hoping to find an honest experience with depression, and that I somewhat got. Elizabeth Swados writes her troubles with depression unapologetically, with her scetches and doodles exemplifying that not regretful attitude. What made me hold back the last star, however, was how seemingly positive the book ended. I find it hard to believe that someone who had gone through a terrible depression has a (for lack of better words) "safe" and "simple" ending. Otherwise, I would recommend [...]
It took me a while to warm up to the drawing style, but somewhere about halfway through I started to see it as incredibly expressive rather than crude or cursory. Excellent collection.
I liked this graphic depiction of depression, but I also think it could have been so much more. Swados' drawings aren't expert, but they're heartful, which is enough. I don't really have a problem with that. I just felt that the pictures and words didn't complement each other somehow. I got to the point where I wanted to read her words more than look at her art, so something didn't gel. Or maybe she's just more powerful with words. Either way, it's courageous. Swados' mother and brother both com [...]
This was a book group selection from S (#22). The good: quick, easy to digest, and it offers a bit of insight into the world of depression from a very personal perspective. The bad: I was not into the "graphic" aspect of the book. The art was not my cup o' tea often it was difficult to differentiate the scribbles and the images felt very repetitive-- which was particularly unfortunate as the images were kind of the heart of the book. Overall, it was a pretty meh experience for me.
I received this book for free through a First Reads giveaway.I appreciate what she was trying to do, and I feel like she summed up many side-effects and elements of depression fairly well, but overall the book was far too shallow. It didn't have enough of a personal element, it seemed to just list symptoms like a pamphlet on "Depression & You". This review captured my feelings about the book, which I really wanted to like more than I did.
it is always comforting for a recovered clinical depression to read story about others' experiences. it is like "hey i have been through the same situations!"only that this book full with pictures drawn recklessly almost doodle-like drawing.but yes, to look at the pictures, it was actually easier to understand about the situations more than the writing.i bet "normal" people would find this book is weird, but not for me. i love it!thanks to a friend who were so thoughtful to give me this book as [...]
ok. so I understand what Swados was trying to accomplish I think. writing a picture book for adults about depression, making it as accessible as possibleHOWEVER, the comparisons to Darkness Visible and a blurb on the cover that states "a book about depression that isn't depressing " UGH. There were some spot on descriptions and the simple illustrations were great. But I think I would call it a story book about depression lite interspersed with affirmations.
Hits the nail right on the head. Being able to personally identify with 98% of the experience the author describes was not only validating, but also gave me perspective on my own experience in that I could have more of a sense of humor about it. I'd recommend this book to those suffering from depression/anxiety And the people who love them. Swados puts into words and pictures something that can be too personal or painful for an individual to explain on her own.
Amazing. She is able to describe depression in a way I have never been able to describe or seen described. Reads quickly, and the drawings are well done. I think they are meant to be squiggly and out-of-focus at times. That's the way depression is - it's not neat and linear, it's blurry, messy, and confusing. I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to know what depression feels like.
Yup, a very funny way of mocking depression or convincing oneself of the foolishness of depression. Love the illustrations especially the Sylvia Path/Virginia Woolf suicidal attempt, all kind of drugs and hormone related to depression and the ottoman chair during therapist session. I even colored most of the illustrated pages.
I'm not a big reader of graphic novels/books. However, this one seems to do a good job of depicting in both the words and the graphics the messiness of life and the complications of severe depression. The book ends on a hopeful, but cautious, note.
It's not a psychology book for people who are looking for profound ideas and details of depression. When you are down, it might function as a shallow joke book, and you'd think this is shit, but it's true in a funny way nevertheless.
A must-read. I think this book could get through to some people that nothing else has, in terms of explaining things in a way so that some people finally get it. A lot of it is specific to the author, but enough is universal (among depressives) to be a help in gaining understanding.
The main problem I had with this book was that I ordered it on kindle and the words were WAY tooooo small. It was impossible to read. So I can't really tell you if it is good or bad. So I am giving it 3 stars as a NEUTRAL
This is a great example of genre bending. It's a nice look at depression from the inside as well.
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