The Bottom Line
By Kate Scowen, art by Jeff Szuc; 168 pages. From the book cover: "No book can give you a quick fix for depression. But this one can help you understand that it is possible to get through it."
It's depressing to think that kids need a book on depression, but there are plenty of sad statistics to show that it's so. Whether you're concerned about your child, or your child is concerned about a friend, this accessible little volume may be just the thing to get a conversation going.
- Simple and straightforward
- Quirky illustrations make the text less threatening
- Includes needed information on eating disorders and cutting
- Quotes give kids' point of view
- Good resources referenced throughout
- Kids who are actively depressed may not be reachable by books
- More pro-medication than some parents may be comfortable with
- Some statements seem to reflect author's opinion more than fact
- Doesn't have much use for parents as any sort of protective factor
- Reading level may be too advanced for teens with learning disabilities and delays
- Chapter 1: Depression: Then and Now
- Chapter 2: Adolescence: Identity and Crisis
- Chapter 3: Depression: What Is It, Really?
- Chapter 4: Depression and Anxiety: Panic and Fear
- Chapter 5: Bipolar Disorder: Highs and Lows
- Chapter 6: Lifestyle and Food: Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating
- Chapter 7: Self-Mutilation: Releasing the Pain
- Chapter 8: Depression and Gender: The Differences between Boys and Girls
- Chapter 9: Suicide: No Turning Back
- Chapter 10: Treatment Options: Medications and Therapies
Guide Review - Book Review: My Kind of Sad
Parents are not the target audience for this book, but they're the ones who'll probably buy it for a young person to read. There's nothing wrong with using a book to introduce difficult subjects, and with its offbeat illustrations and teen-friendly tone this is like a hip version of those American Girl books about bodies that many parents rely on to get their daughters through puberty. The point of a book like this, though, has to be to start a discussion, not replace one. Read the book yourself first. If you agree with everything it has to say, including content on sexuality and medication, give it to your child to read and then talk about it after. If there are parts you take issue with, read the parts you find important with your child, or use the language and information to broach the subject in conversation. Like a lot of teens, the book doesn't seem to have much use for parents. You'll have to put your own self in the picture.