When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens


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.

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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 Anymore defines 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.

A guide to understanding and coping with depression, discussing the different types, how and why the condition begins, how it may be linked to substance abuse or suicide, and how to get help.

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“If there is a ‘light’ way to broach the subjects of depression and suicide, Cobain seems to have found it. The cousin of legendary rocker Kurt Cobain who suffered from bipolar disorder and killed himself in 1994, the author presents an easily understood and nonjudgmental discussion of what depression means, the types of depression, and how young people can help themselves or talk with others about it. Cobain has provided a nice pass-along for youth workers who might suspect depression in a young person.” —Youth Today magazine

“The most positive book on depression one could read…should be available to all teens.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

 “Its honest, anecdote-filled treatment of the subject (apart from the book’s telling origins) make it a no-brainer buy.”—Youthworker

Suicide Prevention\Voices of Education (SA\VE) Reading List Selection

VOYA - Deborah L. Dubois
Cobain has written a practical guide for teens who think they may be depressed, or have a friend who is depressed. Cobain is cousin to the rock singer Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994. She hopes that this book will help teens and maybe prevent a suicide. This is the most positive book on depression one could read. It is divided into two parts: Part I describes the causes and types of depression, also dealing with suicide and drug and alcohol abuse. Part II discusses types of treatments and how to get help. Ideas on what to say when talking to someone about how you are feeling and survival tips are given throughout the book to help teens cope. Cobain talks directly to teens about their feelings in a reassuring and positive tone. Every time suicide is mentioned, she urges the reader to talk to a trusted adult or crisis center if they are even thinking about suicide. Most of the chapters have a personal story from a teen who has gone through depression and is getting help; each one offers encouragement to the teen reader. The first chapter features a quiz to help readers determine if they are depressed. The survival tips are practical, simple actions readers can take such as: "Eat Good Food," "Get Some Exercise," and "Talk About It." Organizations to contact, Web sites to look up, and other sources to read are also listed. This positive, reassuring book should be available to all teens. Index. Illus. Charts. Source Notes. Further Reading. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
A clear, helpful guide exploring all kinds of depression and the links to drug and alcohol abuse and suicide. The informative text includes personal stories of young adults and solid advice on how to get help. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575422350
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Edition description: Revised & Updated Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 182,731
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2000

    A Good First-Aid Manual for Depressed Teens

    A great starting point for teens who are going through unipolar or bipolar disorders (whether they are currently receiving treatment or not), Bev Cobain presents the complex issues at hand in very understandable terms and constantly reiterates the important points that depressed teenagers or teenagers who know friends who suffer from depression must take to heart. The little footnotes at the bottom of most pages are very helpful, just in case the reader decides to skim through or jump around the pages so that every necessary information is readily accessible. The useful diagrams and tips also give depressed adolescents a great way to take action immediately and perhaps feel some sense of accomplishment and progress (in fact the mood chart was something two of my past therapists used). The anecdotes, which represent teenagers each coping with different circumstances, put real faces to the more clinical aspects of the book and serve as examples of points made in the previous pages. There are a few holes in the book, however. Perhaps more information on the specific medications will have a reassuring effect on teens who will be taking them. Also, the issue of hospitalization was covered, but more facts about what actually goes on in them may have helped (although, yes, the experience differs with the quality of the hospital itself). Finally, a small section on the various personality disorders may help those teens who suffer from them because they share similar symptoms. Despite these questions, however, the book is an excellent aid for teens who go through what is often described as the 'downward spiral.'

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