Comparing Depression to It's Kind Of A Funny Story By Ethan Miron

A brief outline of It's Kind Of A Funny Story.

In Ned Vizzini's Novel It's Kind Of A Funny Story, Craig, the protagonist of the story is faced with the challenge of depression as he is forced to deal from the mounting pressure from school. One night Craig decides to attempt to kill himself but stops himself and calls the sucide hotline instead. After that he is sent to a mental hospital to get better. Shortly after being there, Craig's outlook on life improves due to the fact that he sees how worse other people conditions are. Also, he starts drawing brain maps of people which they and he love to do and see. Craig is released from the hospital and decides to quit his high pressure school and instead attend an art school. Craig is as happy as ever in the end.

Cover Page for the Novel It's Kind Of A Funny Story


Today, depression is a serious issue for all people across the world. Globally, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Depression is also the lead reason for sucide across the world. Over 800,000 people die of sucide every year. And sucide is the second leading cause of death for people within the ages of 15-29. Although they're very effective ways to treat depression, almost half (49%) of people who have depression won't seek treatment for it. The detention of depression is a mental condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection, typically also with feelings of inadequacy and guilt, often accompanied by lack of energy and disturbance of appetite and sleep.

A poster showing how depression feels to a person.

Depression and Character development

At the beginning of the Novel, Craig was a teenager facing serious depression because of the pressures form his school. For example , Craig said “I didn't want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you're so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare" which shows his mental state quite clearly in the beginning of the book. Throughout the story, Craig's mental health and outlook on life improves drastically from the beginning.

This Image Represents That Changing From Depression To Happiness Is A Long Journey

Depression and Conflict

One main conflict in It's Kind Of A Funny Story is person v.s self. Craig v.s his depression. It begins with the mounting pressure from his high pressure school among other things. And the conflict ends when Craig finds his joy in the end and learns to deal with his depression by expressing himself through art and leaving his high pressure school.

Ned Vinizzi

A good outside source is Ned Vizzini himself, battling with depression his entire life, commuting sucide in 2013. The only difference being he eventually lost his battle with depression. Ben Locker, same as Craig got depression and it affected his personal life, driving away friends and family. And, like Craig, he won his battle and it taught him important lessons about himself and life.

Depression and Theme

As ironic as it is, my world issue and my theme are the same thing. The novels theme is depression, and understanding and overcoming it.

Picture Showing Depression Can be Overcome In this article, it gives examples of how to overcome and understand depression and how to deal with it. Something Craig is forced to learn in the story so that he can defeat and overcome his depression. This article tells the story of Fayola, a girl who had depression. She described what it felt like which is similar to how Craig describes it, and how she dealt with it and overcame it. Craig and her both used some of the same ways to cope with depression.

Depression and plot

One point in the plot that represents my world issue well is when Craig stops taking his anti-depressants and is forced into a even deeper depression than before. This highlights my world issue well by showing just how changeling and devastating depression can be if not treated properly. Also, another good event in the plot that shows my world issue is when Craig almost commits sucide, but stops before he does. This really highlights that although for Craig it seemed as bad as it could be, he still had the willpower to want to get through it.

Movie Poster for It's Kind Of A Funny Story The book was adapted into a movie and it shows, for the most part, shows every major plot event in the book. Although it does not show the events prior to Craig attempting to commit sucide. So the beginning of the movie shows Craig's willpower to live. This article shows that anti-depressants can have more of a negative effect on a person than a positive effect, which in Craig's case, almost lead him to commit sucide.

This Picture Shows An Array Of Differnt Types Of Anti-Depressants

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