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My Depression: A Picture Book, Elizabeth Swados, 2014

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The graphic autobiography My Depression depicts author and artist Elizabeth Swados’s struggles with severe, long-term depression.

Swados originally hid her life-long battle with depression from those around her. She pictures her depression as a small black cloud that morphs into an endless black hole that includes feelings of self-loathing and wanting to end her life.

The book also documents Swados’s efforts to manage her health through medication, diet, therapy, and even consulting a psychic.

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