Coping with Depression in Young People: A Guide for Parents

Coping with Depression in Young People: A Guide for Parents

Coping with Depression in Young People: A Guide for Parents

Coping with Depression in Young People: A Guide for Parents

Synopsis

Depressive disorders can produce dramatic and frightening changes in young peoples' behaviour, but while parents may suspect something is wrong, they are often at a loss to know what. This book shows parents how to tell the difference between the ordinary ups and downs and true depression, helping them better understand clinical warning signs and the various approaches to treatment. Dealing sensitively with how depression sometimes manifests itself-self-harm, alcohol and drug abuse, and suicide attempts-the book offers parents practical guidance on how they can reach out to their children and find professional assistance.

Excerpt

Being a parent is one of the most difficult but rewarding jobs around. As parents, we want to get it right, yet no training is provided and we mostly muddle along, hoping that things will work out. As parents, we are reassured that things are going OK if our children are well, seem reasonably happy at school, have some friends and some interests in life, and we can communicate with them at some level. Parents of teenagers expect the mood changes, the highs and lows, the rows and challenges to authority that are part of normal adolescence. But being the parent of a depressed young person can be a very daunting, overwhelming experience. Depression is a common problem in young people, affecting about 5% of teenagers and 2% of younger children. It often produces dramatic and frightening changes in young people's behaviour, emotional responses and relationships with those closest to them.

Discovering that your child has depression is usually a very difficult period for parents. You may have been aware for some time that something was wrong, yet have . . .

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