On April 8, 1994, rock star Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the band Nirvana, 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 Kurt's music. Author 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 diagnosed with depression. It's for any teenager 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.