Overcoming Teen Depression

Overcoming Teen Depression

A Guide for Parents

Book - 2001
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In clear and accessible language, Dr. Miriam Kaufman explains what teen depression is, and how it can be overcome. She give parents a thorough overview with the most up-to-date medical knowledge, and includes many illustrative case histories.

To aid in the search for someone who can diagnose your teen and recommend appropriate help, Dr. Kaufman outlines current medical approaches, including therapy and drug treatments, as well as alternative treatments. In a broad-ranging question-and-answer section she addresses many of the specific concerns of parents, and of teenagers themselves.

Other important factors such as gender and sexuality differences, related medical and psychiatric disorders, substance abuse and poverty are discussed in detail. Dr. Kaufman outlines the warning signs of suicide and offers professional advice on how it can be prevented.

"This book is first rate -- it will be of great value to parents and teenagers alike."
(Dr. Stan Kutcher, MD, FRCPC, Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University)

"With its comprehensive, easy to read approach, this book is an excellent resource, not just for parents and teens, but also for university students dealing with depression. The chapter on alternative treatments is especially helpful."
(Samuel Parrish, MD, Director of Student Health and Wellness Center,Johns Hopkins University)

Publisher: Buffalo, NY : Firefly Books, c 2001
ISBN: 9781552095201
Characteristics: 262 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 10, 2018

Not a bad little book. My criticism is the very poor section on Bipolar Disorder. Like most books on depression, it describes only the more extreme manifestations Bipolar Disorder. Sometimes Bipolar Disorder looks like depression, especially in teens (i.e. the manic episodes are very mild and could be mistaken for personality, teen angst or insomnia.) Anti-depressants, when given to someone with Bipolar Disorder can cause extreme manic episodes. This is one of the reasons why anti-depressants carry a warning about suicide. Many doctors are unaware of this, however. If your teen is depressed, I highly recommend you check out "Why am I still depressed?" by Jim Phelps to make sure it's not Bipolar Disorder. Also, consider asking for a referral to the Foundry in lower Londsdale.


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