Though Maus was not a book I would have read on my own, it did offer a connection to my life. I have known people who have been diagnosed with clinical depression and Spiegelman’s descriptions of his mother really struck home. Before there was any extensive research in psychology depression was very misunderstood. In the novel Spiegelman’s father explains that the way they handled Anna’s depression was send her away. Later we realize that sending Anna away did not help her depression it only masked it. This is how depression has been handled for a very long time. Doctors used to try to cover up the problem because they did not know how to fix it. Today there have been tremendous advances in the study of psychology. Today there are many treatments that have proven effective for the treatment of depression. Some of the treatments include talk-therapy, hypnosis, and prescription medication. Even with the many advances depression is hard to understand by all those who come in contact with it. Depression can affect all aspects of your life including work, school, and personal relationships. Dealing with or knowing someone who has depression is an extremely private and personal matter. Art Spiegelman telling his readers about his mother’s depression opens a window into his soul. The audience now is not just reading about something terrible that happened to some far off people; they are reading about a tragedy that happened to a real family. This connection between me and the author has made the story more real to me.