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My Depression (The Up And Down And Up Of It) is a short animated documentary based on the book My Depression: A Picture Book by writer/director/composer Elizabeth 'Liz' Swados.

The film tells the story of Liz and her struggle since childhood with clinical depression.


My Depression provides examples of:

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Liz's depression is anthropomorphised as a cloud that follows her around.
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  • Black Bead Eyes: The characters are drawn this way.
  • Bland-Name Product:
  • Driven to Suicide: The Grim Reaper rides Liz around in his Suicide Mobile and tries to convince her that suicide is a good option. When she declines, he drive off a cliff.
  • The Internet Is for Cats: Liz watches a cute video of "Kitty on Toilet", which has 2 million views.
  • Phony Psychic: Liz visits a psychic while trying to cure her depression. The psychic tells her that she'll dance the tango with a panda.
  • Weight Woe: Discussed at the start. It's mentioned that many teens have body issues, but as a teen Liz's were worse than the norm.
  • Trauma Button: Subverted. While some things do trigger her depression (such as a loved one dying or the seasons changing), sometimes she just randomly gets depressed.
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  • Villain Song: There's a song where The Grim Reaper tries to convince Liz to kill herself.
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