9781575422350

When Nothing Matters Anymore : A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-04-01
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Pub
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Summary

On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain ended his long struggle with depression and chemical dependency by taking his own life. His suicide profoundly affected millions of fans around the world who identified with the music of Kurt and his band, Nirvana. Bev Cobain is Kurt's cousin, and this powerful book is her way of dealing with his death-and reaching out to teens with a life-saving message: You don't have to be sad, discouraged, or depressed. There is help and hope for you. Full of solid information and straight talk,When Nothing Matters Anymoredefines and explains adolescent depression, reveals how common it is, describes the symptoms, and spreads the good news that depression is treatable. Personal stories, photos, and poetry from teens dealing with depression speak directly to readers' feelings, concerns, and experiences. Teens learn how to recognize depression in themselves and others, understand its effects, and take care of themselves by relaxing, exercising, eating right, and talking things over with people who care. For some teens, self-help isn't enough, so Bev also tells about treatment options, presents the facts about therapy, explains the differences between various types of helping professionals (psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, physicians, counselors, etc.), discusses medications, and more. This book isn't just for teens who have been diagnosed with depression. It's for any teen who feels hopeless, helpless, and alone. Clear, encouraging, and matter-of-fact, it's also recommended for parents, teachers, and counselors who want to know more about teen depression.

Author Biography

Bev Cobain, R.N.,C., works in a hospital mental health unit with teens and adults who have depression and depressive disorders. She also holds workshops to train teachers, therapists, and other professionals in effective methods of suicide intervention. She lives in Bremerton, Washington, and is the mother of two sons.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
What's Wrong?
Depression: The Factsp. 7
Famous People with Depressionp. 8
Depression Q & Ap. 10
How to Tell If You Might Be Depressed (a Quiz)p. 11
A Word About Depression in Teensp. 12
Feelings Journalp. 14
The Good Newsp. 15
Get Some Exercisep. 15
Exercise Journalp. 17
Types of Depressionp. 18
Major Depressionp. 20
Angey's Storyp. 21
Dysthymiap. 23
What's Sad?p. 24
Bipolar Disorderp. 24
Bipolar Disorder Resourcesp. 27
Amber's Storyp. 27
Okay, I'm Depressed. Now What?p. 30
Take a Breakp. 31
A Relaxation Exercisep. 32
How Depression Affects Your Brainp. 34
When Your Brain and Body Stop "Talking"p. 36
Causes of Depressionp. 38
David's Storyp. 40
Cera's Storyp. 42
Gay and Lesbian Resourcesp. 44
Survivors' Resourcesp. 49
Paul's Storyp. 50
Have Some Funp. 52
Drugs, Alcohol, and Depressionp. 54
A Little Known Factp. 55
What Happens When You Abuse Drugs and Alcohol?p. 55
The Risk of Methp. 57
Heidi's Storyp. 59
Abuse vs. Addictionp. 61
Dual Diagnosisp. 63
Getting Control of Your Lifep. 64
Shaneeka's Storyp. 65
Substance Abuse Resourcesp. 67
Eat Good Foodp. 68
Eating Disorder Resourcesp. 71
Depression and Suicidep. 73
Why Would Anyone Want to Die?p. 74
Crisis Resourcep. 75
Ryland's Storyp. 76
Nobody Really Wants to Diep. 78
Suicide Resourcesp. 82
Teens at Riskp. 82
Heather's Storyp. 84
Talk About Itp. 86
Important Numbersp. 88
Getting Help and Staying Well
Who and What Can Helpp. 91
Treating Depressionp. 94
Can I Afford Treatment?p. 95
Psychotherapy (Talk Therapy)p. 95
Teen Resourcep. 97
MacKenzie's Storyp. 98
Medications for Depressionp. 99
What About Herbal Remedies?p. 102
Shawnelle's Storyp. 105
Stick with Itp. 107
Chart Your Moodsp. 108
Mood Chartp. 110
How to Stay Wellp. 112
Ideas for Staying Strongp. 113
Getting On with Your Lifep. 114
Tyler's Storyp. 118
Feed Your Spiritp. 119
Top Ten Questionsp. 122
Can Anything Good Come of This?p. 129
A Note to Parentsp. 131
Resourcesp. 134
Endnotesp. 136
Indexp. 137
About the Authorp. 146
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