The Beasts in Your Brain
Understanding and Living with Anxiety and Depression
by Katherine Speller
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Pub Date 05 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2023
Lerner Publishing Group, Zest Books ™
It can be hard to find the words to describe the icky feelings that seem to come from nowhere and sap all your joy and energy. You can tell that your brain just isn't pulling off the same tasks as others, and you're constantly bouncing between feeling nothing and feeling the weight of everything. It's hard enough to admit that you're struggling, but how do you even begin to navigate getting help when it feels like there's an enormous gap between you, your peers, and the adults in your life who keep saying they want to support you but just don't seem to get it?
This is not your doctor's dry health pamphlet or a preachy self-care listicle. The Beasts in Your Brain is a guide and companion equally for you and your loved ones, here to provide that essential first dose of information, understanding, and validation about mental illness and how it affects the young people of today. This book knows how much harder things are for you and your generation, how out-of-touch much of the advice out there is (after all, how are you supposed to "just unplug" when more than half your social life is conducted online?), and how identity, circumstances, and stigma can affect your experiences.
Though they might be scary or seem unstoppable, the beasts can be defeated. It will be hard work, but it is not work you will ever have to do alone. This book will be your first partner in your battle against the beasts, reminding you that there's always hope and humor to be found in openly talking about the realities of living with mental illness. Together with the support of your loved ones and the practical knowledge and tools you will learn in this book, you can win this fight.
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This title is also available as a library bound edition for $38.65 (ISBN: 978-1-5415-9925-3).
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Average rating from 5 members
This would be a great addition to a middle/high school library or counseling office, and would be a great title for households with mental health struggles. The book’s “voice” is a great fit for teen (or upper tween) readers, and explains mental health science in a way that is honest and informative without being cutesy. The playlists are cringeworthy, but otherwise the book is a great fit.
I’d give this book 5 stars. Written from the perspective of someone dealing with mental health issues, it is informative, doesn’t talk down to people, and is written at a level middle schoolers can understand. Each chapter starts with a playlist of songs for different situations which kids will find relatable. It explains the science behind anxiety and depression, describes signs and symptoms, different ways of getting help, what worked for the author, etc. The format is easy to follow. It offers many solutions for getting help. It’s a little over 100 pages and well worth it. It releases in September.