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Depression in the Young: What We Can Do to Help Them
Depression in the Young
What We Can Do to Help Them
       

Why are we so blind to childhood depression ?

Depression in children
does not always look like depression in adults.

If we use only the list of adult symptoms,
we will miss the vast majority of children and adolescents
suffering from depression.
       
  • Based on the wrenching and unexpected suicide death of her son, Ben, at age fourteen, Minnesota author and lecturer Trudy Carlson discusses depressive illness in young people and explains aspects of available treatments for each.

by Trudy Carlson

Paperback

ISBN:
0964244357

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  • Well organized, thoroughly researched, and conversationally written, Carlson's frank, explicit guide through illness, treatment, medication, and psychotherapies is designed with the layman in mind.
  • Based on personal experience chronicled in the second half of her earlier work, THE SUICIDE OF MY SON, Carlson's latest book contains detailed chapters dedicated to the recognition and treatment of depressive illness in the young, as well as their effects on the family, friends, classmates, and physicians involved with the sufferer.
  • Direct and personal, written from the heart of someone who has been there, Carlson's forthright book is recommended reading as a helpful, hopeful guide through the traumatic maze of childhood depression and treatment.
       

Excerpt

Why are we so blind to childhood depression? McKnew, Cytryn and Yahraes (1983) give us their opinion:

Perhaps the biggest reason is that many depressed children are often the 'nicest' boys and girls on the block and the best behaved kids in school.

Go into a classroom and you'll find that the kids in the back rows are the quiet ones, the ones that don't give anyone any trouble, though we know now that many of them are depressed . . . Unless you know a depressed child quite well and are really looking for signs of depression, you probably won't notice anything wrong.

Depression in children does not always look like depression in adults. Depression in youngsters and adults is fundamentally the same illness, but depressed young people rarely have long, sad faces. They frequently have beautiful wide smiles, trying hard not to be a burden to others, attempting to make the best of their painful lives. If we use only the list of adult symptoms, we will miss the vast majority of children and adolescents suffering from depression.

Copyright © 1998 by Trudy Carlson.

       

Other books by Trudy Carlson

Ben's Story: The Symptoms of Depression, Adhd and Anxiety That Caused His SuicideBen's Story:
The Symptoms of Depression, Adhd and Anxiety That Caused His Suicide
The Life of a Bipolar Child: What Every Parent and Professional Needs to KnowThe Life of a Bipolar Child: What Every Parent and Professional Needs to Know The Suicide of My Son: The Story of Childhood DepressionThe Suicide of My Son: The Story of Childhood Depression


 

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