How to Be Depressed: A Guide

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Welcome to depression. First, you're going to need sweatpants. Next, you're going to need a sense of humor—because this is a book with dark humor. Comedian Dana Eagle offers a mix of tongue-in-cheek advice, wry self-help wisdom, and "therapeutic" activities like a bad poetry generator. If you’re looking for a hilarious and hilariously honest perspective from someone who has dealt with depression, Eagle’s How to Be Depressed provides a frank and funny perspective.
  • Forget armchair advice and get an insider’s refreshing take on the mood disorder sweeping the nation
  • Humor in the place you least expected: depression!
  • Shelve that beach read or self-help non-fiction and pick up a couple books by comedians—this one first!
  • Paperback; 5.75 x 7.75 inches, 144 pages
  • Written by Dana Eagl
"Only Dana Eagle could make depression this hilarious and charming! Absolutely original, yet completely relatable. Eagle's expertly crafted one-liners, as well as her bold and brilliant take on the topic, make this pity party a must read." —Beth Littleford, The Daily Show "I've been delighted by Dana Eagle's comedy for years and now I'm delighted by her hilarious and poignant book. It's the funniest book on depression out there!" —Brian Kiley, head monologue writer for Conan
SKU: 50231
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Kathleen D.

Best Depression I Ever Had!

I am a huge fan of guidebooks, and How To Be Depressed has just replaced every How to Be Happy book on my self-help bookshelf. First, the quality of this book is seriously impressive, the illustrations are perfect, and it's a great book to jam in your purse, computer bag or backpack. Secondly and most importantly, the book is funny, heartfelt and detailed to a degree not before seen in comedic books about depression and bipolar disorders... Dana Eagle has clearly given depression a detailed once over—from what to wear: "First you're going to need sweatpants" to children's books about depression: "Good Night Gloom"... Dana Eagle knows exactly where the line between empathy and hilarity exists. She is as funny as she is smart. And I'm buying this book for all my creatively bummed out friends.


Just love it

This is just delightful which seems like an odd thing to say about a depression book. But it takes a serious subject--one that I have dealt with and my family has dealt with--and adds a levity to it. It's also a beautiful book. Awesome illustrations and the author is just hilarious. Can't wait for part 2! Or is that too much pressure??