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“My Life Beyond Depression: A Mayo Clinic Patient Story” by Hey Gee


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Studies show that, at any point in time, 10% to 15% of children and adolescents have some symptoms of depression. They may have a hard time seeing how their life will look after they harness the tools to manage symptoms of depression. 

Inspired by the story of Mayo Clinic patient, Gifty, My Life Beyond Depression (Mayo Clinic Press Kids / May 2, 2023 / $14.99 / Ages 8-12 years old) helps children identify feelings of depression and provides actionable ways they can respond when their depression becomes overwhelming and begins to affect their relationships and school. This book includes definitions for key terms such as cope, meditation, and mood disorder, among others. Medical Editor, Paul E. Croarkin, D.O., M.S., provides some additional information after the patient story, describing how depression presents itself differently for children and adults. 

Children’s voices are rarely heard amid the complexity of modern medicine. That’s why every story in the My Life Beyond series stems from the imagination and experience of a Mayo Clinic patient. The books were developed through collaboration between these patients, Mayo Clinic physicians and author-illustrator Hey Gee. Through this unique lens of inspiring real-life experiences, the series explores how children view illness, challenges and recovery.

Also recently published is My Life Beyond Sickle Cell Disease (Mayo Clinic Press Kids / July 4, 2023 / $14.99). A beautifully illustrated, adventure-filled graphic novel that provides a kid’s-eye view of living with sickle cell disease.

Author and illustrator Hey Gee tells the story of a real-life Mayo Clinic patient. As an aspiring high school track athlete takes on race after race, she must learn to manage the challenges of sickle-cell anemia. She’ll need to work together with her health care team and her family, along with techniques for self-care, to find success on and off the track. A beautifully illustrated graphic nonfiction approach provides a kid’s-eye view of living with, and beyond, this common blood disorder.

Mayo Clinic Press Kids creates empowering health and wellness content in partnership with pediatric experts. Proceeds from the sale of every book go to benefit important medical research and education at Mayo Clinic.


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