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Conquering the beast within : how I fought depression and won--and how you can, too
Irwin, Cait.
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New York : Times Books, 1998.
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105 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
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RC537 .I77 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A teenager offers an account of her battle against depression, discussing the ailment's debilitating symptoms, her struggle to find the best therapy and proper medication, and the triumph of putting her life back together again.

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-This is the account of the author's battle with depression, which began when she was 13 years old. It is written like a child's storybook, complete with scary beasts and drawings by the author, yet is deadly serious. Its strength is that Irwin portrays depression as an illness, not a sign of weakness. And as an illness, it is curable. She describes it as a "Hungry Beast" that devours all of the good feelings; the beast becomes stronger than the person, who suffers physically, mentally, and spiritually. In the battle to shrink it, she describes the route to recovery and explains a process that involves medication, therapy, and possible hospitalization. But more than that, the author tells readers the things they must remember as they "climb to mental wellness" and how to "fill the empty spaces." This book is a must for anyone who is afflicted by depression; fellow sufferers will gain courage and family members will find hope knowing it is possible for their loved ones to regain life.-Sheila Barry, Chantilly Regional Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.