My Depression - The Up and Down and Up of It
Catalogue Number: TVP044
Producer: Video Project, Inc.
Producing Agencies: Swados Animation, LLC
Subject: Health and Medicine
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: United States
Copyright Year: 2014
Running Time: 30:00
Both heartfelt and entertaining, My Depression uniquely illuminates the symptoms, emotions and side effects of depression using animation, comedy and music.
The film helps to make a difficult and sometimes taboo topic more understandable, both for those who may be suffering from depression as well as family and friends of people with the disorder.
My Depression takes viewers through an individual's journey from the early symptoms through the darkest moments, and the search to try to find help and light at the end of the tunnel.
While the film uses humor to make the subject more accessible and combat the stigma associated with depression, it is also serious in its intent to show how difficult it is to live in a constant state of psychic pain and diminished energy.
Although there is no definitive cure for depression, as the film illustrates, there are a variety of ways to alleviate the pain, survive depression, and move towards a positive, fulfilling life.
Based on composer, writer, and director in theater Elizabeth Swados’ award-winning memoir,
My Depression: A Picture Book
Featuring the voices of Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi & Fred Armisen.
"Recommended. My Depression reminds viewers that there is no quick fix, but often lots of hard work involving commitment to therapy, while on the road to gradually rebuilding self-esteem.”
– Video Librarian
"A well-done introduction to the topic for a high school health class or individual or group use in a counseling setting. Depicts the highs and lows of depression and doesn't shy away from describing the psychic pain of sufferers. It also attempts to combat the stigma about depression and the way people who have it are often treated.”
– School Library Journal
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