Cobain, Bev. When nothing matters anymore; a survival guide for depressed teens.

Author:Moore, Patricia
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review
 
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COBAIN, Bev. When nothing matters anymore; a survival guide for depressed teens. Free Spirit Press. 146p. illus, notes, bibliog. index, c2007. 978-1-57542-235-0. $14.95. JSA *

When the first edition of this guide was reviewed by KLIATT, the comment was that this book "may be just the foot in the door that will open up new possibilities to a teen in emotional trouble." Now, ten years later, the same may be said of this revised and updated edition. A nurse, an expert in the field of teen depression and suicide, and a member of a family that has known both (Kurt Cobain was her cousin), Bey Cobain writes in an empathetic and encouraging style, urging her teen readers to realize that they are not alone in experiencing feelings of deep depression and that they need to act to get help because help is available and depression is treatable.

The first section of the guide answers the question "What's wrong?" and describes depression, how it affects the brain, and how drugs and alcohol can increase the symptoms of depression. The second section, "Getting help and staying well," examines treatment options...

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