My Depression (The Up and Down and Up of It)
My Depression (The Up and Down and Up of It)
My Depression (The Up and Down and Up of It)
Item#: MDP-813
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Running Time: 30 minutes
Grades 8 - Adult
Closed Captioned • Scene Selection
A film by Roz Lichter and Josh Hetzler



"(A) half-hour gem. As charming and whimsical a discussion of depression as you’re likely to find. It’s honest and forthright as it talks about a condition often misunderstood and misrepresented."
– New York Times

"Uses animation and music to tell successful composer Liz Swados' personal journey through the darkness of depression and then her recovery and healing process. Every individual experience may differ but the film hopes to impart the message that those suffering from depression are not alone, and while things may seem hopeless, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel."
–The Jed Foundation

"Recommended. Humor and music lighten the serious message without seeming trivial, and the realistically hopeful outcome will comfort viewers facing similar challenges. Teens battling depression and anxiety will be comforted by this sympathetic program."
–Booklist (ALA)

Recommended. A good overview of depression and how it may affect individuals. Uses humor to make this serious subject more accessible to a wide range of viewers. An excellent vehicle for group discussion of this serious and common condition.”
–Science Books and Films

Recommended. My Depression reminds viewers that there is no quick fix, but often lots of hard work involving commitment to therapy, while on the road to gradually rebuilding self-esteem.”
–Video Librarian

"A well-done introduction to the topic for a high school health class or individual or group use in a counseling setting. Depicts the highs and lows of depression and doesn't shy away from describing the psychic pain of sufferers. It also attempts to combat the stigma about depression and the way people who have it are often treated.”
–School Library Journal

"A creative and effective presentation on depression uses animation and song to explore a deeply personal and often debilitating problem. It does a deft job of exploring the condition without making light of it. The film could be quite therapeutic and comforting for patients with depression and would be instructive for students and professionals training to deal with depression. ”
–Anthropology Review Database

"The approach might sound weirdly lighthearted, but it manages to stir a sense of empathy while packing in a lot of information about a disease that, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, afflicts 7 percent of adults."
– Chicago Tribune

"Through inventive animation and music, My Depression explores Swados’s lifelong struggle with depression and her efforts to keep her ‘cloud,’ as she calls it, at bay. Why, when so many people suffer from anxiety, depression, and a host of other emotional situations, is it still talked about openly so little? Swados is out to change that with her short documentary, by addressing those ups and downs, and ultimately learning to embrace all that life has to offer."
– Amy Poehler’s SmartGirls

WORLD PREMIERE - Tribeca Film Festival




All prices include DVD with limited Public Performance Rights

• K-12, Public Libraries & Social Workers/Local Agencies: $79
• Colleges, Government, Businesses: $175
• Colleges, Government (with DSL): $250

ALSO AVAILABLE ON KANOPY - Colleges may stream on Kanopy

Featuring the voices of Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi & Fred Armisen

Both heartfelt and entertaining, My Depression uniquely illuminates the symptoms, emotions and side effects of depression using animation, comedy and music.

The film helps to make a difficult and sometimes taboo topic more understandable, both for those who may be suffering from depression as well as family and friends of people with the disorder.

My Depression takes viewers through an individual's journey from the early symptoms through the darkest moments, and the search to try to find help and light at the end of the tunnel.

While the film uses humor to make the subject more accessible and combat the stigma associated with depression, it is also serious in its intent to show how difficult it is to live in a constant state of psychic pain and diminished energy.

Although there is no definitive cure for depression, as the film illustrates, there are a variety of ways to alleviate the pain, survive depression, and move towards a positive, fulfilling life.

Based on Broadway producer Elizabeth Swados’ award-winning memoir,
“My Depression: A Picture Book”

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