You probably know that there are lots of powerful books and movies about depression. Serious tomes such as Andrew Solomon’s ‘The Noonday Demon’ and William Styron’s ‘Darkness Visible’ are great for a beach day when everyone seems to be feeling sunny and extroverted—except you. Engrossing films such as ‘Ordinary People’ and ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ offer an empathic window into what it’s like to be depressed with no light in sight. But what about if you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel of your time and energy reserves, and all you have the strength for is a cartoon? Enter ‘My Depression: The Up and Down of It,’ an animated film based on the picture book (yes, picture book) by Broadway writer, director and composer Elizabeth Swados. It’s a lighthearted romp through the most common mental illness, featuring musical numbers by indie king Steve Buscemi and ‘Portlandia’s’ Fred Armisen. We suggest watching this short film because not only does it provide an informative explanation about depression but it also reaches to the people struggling with the disorder and how they can overcome it. What are your favorite works of art about mental illness? Can depression be funny? Sound off in the comments.
Hey Grown Ups, Check Out This Light-Hearted Cartoon About Depression
March 23, 2017