What Is Depression?
Here is a diverse list of titles to provide an introduction to depression, produced in collaboration with the Douglas Center and MCC.
Reasons to Stay Alive2016 by Haig, MattGet this item
Matt Haig's powerful memoir brings to light what it feels like to live with depression. He chronicles his everyday struggles and offers simple antidotes to help others make it through the day. Haig discusses the methods that have worked for him to manage his depression. Adult. Suggested by Michelle.
This Is My Brain in Love2020 by Gregorio, I. W.Get this item
Winner of the 2021 Schneider Family Book Award, this book is a nuanced and realistic portrayal of how mental illness affects the relationships of two teens who are grappling with familial expectations and figuring out a future for themselves. Will, who has an anxiety disorder and is learning how to manage his anxiety with the help of his therapist, is able to recognize that his girlfriend Jos is struggling with her depression and encourages her to seek help when she begins spiraling. Adult. Suggested by Rummanah.
Darius the Great Is Not Okay2018 by Khorram, AdibGet this item
Following a clinically depressed high school sophomore, this young adult novel explores mental health in teenagers. With an emphasis on friendship, family, and identity, Khorram delves into the importance of building circles of support. Grades 8 and up. Suggested by Elise.
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy2000 by Burns, David D.Get this item
In this updated version, Burns discusses the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy for depressed individuals. He includes several scientifically proven techniques that will help individuals identify their moods and develop a more positive outlook. Adult. Suggested by Michelle.
Easy Crafts for the Insane: A Mostly Funny Memoir of Mental Illness and Making Things2021 by Brown, Kelly WilliamsGet this item
After a series of accidents that left her sometimes immobile and reliant on others, several family deaths, and a divorce, author Kelly Brown spirals into a deep depression and attempts suicide. Along with medical help (medicine and a stay in a care facility), Kelly turns to crafts. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, this is a realistic portrait of what it is like to live with depression. Adult. Suggested by Lynnanne.
I'm Sad2018 by Black, Michael IanGet this item
Flamingo learns that it is okay to be sad sometimes and that her friends, the little girl and Potato, will stand by her no matter how she feels. Preschool-Grade 3. Suggested by Sophia.
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression2015 by Solomon, AndrewGet this item
Solomon's The Noonday Demon details the author's own struggles with depression as well as offering both historical and cultural perspectives. It helps that Solomon is an incredibly gifted researcher and writer, and while this is at times a difficult, heartbreaking read, Solomon's book is full of compassion and wisdom derived of experience. Adult. Suggested by Chris.
Weather Girl2022 by Solomon, Rachel LynnGet this item
Ari Abrams has been an expert in masking her chronic depression and presenting a sunny and optimistic front. When she begins her romantic relationship, Ari tries to keep her true, darker portions of herself hidden from her partner. Solomon discusses Ari's mental health issues with skill and sensitivity by presenting Ari therapy sessions and allowing Ari to come to the realization she is still loveable despite her illness. Adult. Suggested by Rummanah.
The Dark Matter of Mona Starr2020 by Gulledge, Laura LeeGet this item
Mona lives with crippling depression and anxiety. She envisions her dark emotions to be elemental and expansive and names them "matter"; matter prevents Mona from truly living her life, but with the help of her supportive family and various types of therapy--like meditation and drawing--Mona slowly begins to reconnect with her friends, family, and the art she loves so much. Grades 7 and up. Suggested by Rummanah.
The Science of Breakable Things2018 by Keller, TaeGet this item
Natalie would usually be excited at her year-long science assignment--after all, she and her botanist mother used to conduct all sorts of experiments. Recently, however, Natalie's mother has been bedridden by her depression. As Natalie connects with her classmates through their assignment, she comes to better understand her mother and learns how to cope herself. Grades 4-8. Suggested by Amy.
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