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Until recently, psychologists and psychiatrists believed that adolescents did not experience true depression in the way that adults do. Medical experts now realize that young people can and do get seriously depressed, and that depression and bipolar disorder may be more serious and more difficult to treat in adolescents than in adults. Depression may also be harder to recognize as an illness, both because moodiness is considered universal among teenagers and because parents often resist having their child treated...

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Overview

Until recently, psychologists and psychiatrists believed that adolescents did not experience true depression in the way that adults do. Medical experts now realize that young people can and do get seriously depressed, and that depression and bipolar disorder may be more serious and more difficult to treat in adolescents than in adults. Depression may also be harder to recognize as an illness, both because moodiness is considered universal among teenagers and because parents often resist having their child treated for a psychiatric illness that they think—and often hope—will be "just a phase."

In Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents, Johns Hopkins psychiatrist Francis Mondimore helps parents understand that serious depression in adolescents is an illness—an illness that can be effectively treated. He describes the many forms of depression and the many ways it can appear in young people—from intensely sad feelings to irritability, anger, and destructive rages. And he answers parents' questions, including: What are the danger signals of serious depression in teenagers? How are mood disorders diagnosed? How do medications work? What about talking therapies? How does depression relate to other problems, such as drug abuse, ADHD, and eating disorders and other self-injurious behavior? Of the one in five adults who go through a period of serious depression during their lifetime, many had their first experience of depression as teenagers. This comprehensive and compassionate guide detailing the symptoms, treatments, complications, and causes of adolescent depression provides parents with the information they need to ensure that their children receive the best possible treatment and become happy and healthy adults.

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VOYA
Tired of all those guides for "idiots" and "dummies"? This book will provide some welcome relief. Mondimore, a psychiatrist and clinical instructor at Johns Hopkins University, leads intelligent grownups through the befuddling complexities of recognizing and treating depression in adolescents. For many adults, the "normal" moods and behavior in teens can appear to mimic aspects of psychiatric illness, but Mondimore offers an educated awareness of the depression syndrome, distinguishing the transient symptoms of ordinary teen craziness from the more serious symptoms of mental illness. Mondimore methodically takes each aspect of adolescent depression, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery, and explains the science as it is currently understood. Although adult depression can be difficult to diagnose, depending on mental states that might only be fully observed over the course of years, adolescent depression must be determined during a period of enormous physical and psychological changes. Clinical tests that have offered safe treatments for adults are not always adaptable for adolescent youth in fully-grown bodies. Case studies are used frugally here, as if Mondimore is careful not to provide definitive behaviors that will point easily to a clinical diagnosis. He is always insistent on the need for proper professional intervention. This book gives the tools to dialogue with professionals, not to replace them. The author provides a solid reference tool for anyone who works with adolescents. It is highly recommended for education professionals as well as public libraries. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. 2002, Johns Hopkins University Press, 304p,
— Diane Masla
From The Critics
This volume explains to parents how to recognize the symptoms of serious depression in young people, what treatments are available, and how parents can best help their children cope with this illness. In the 18 chapters, Mondimore (psychiatry, Johns Hopkins U. School of Medicine) addresses symptoms, syndromes, and diagnosis, with a focus on recognizing serious depression and understanding why this is a real illness. He also discusses issues of emotional development during adolescence, medications and other medical treatments, various types of psychotherapy, other problems that often complicate the picture, and how to maximize the effectiveness of treatment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
I heartily recommend this book to parents and relatives of adolescents who have or may have mood disorders. It is written clearly and simply... and with a style that helps parents to understand the complexities of the problem that is optimistic of the likelihood of improvement with correct diagnosis and treatment.

— Marcia Slomowitz, M.D.

American Journal of Psychiatry
As I prepared this brief review, I found myself advising families to obtain their own copy of Dr. Mondimore's well-written, clear, and valuable book.

— Nancy A. Durant, M.D.

Healing Magazine
Clear, medically precise terminology, drawings, and diagrams.
Metaphysiology Online Book Reviews
This is an intelligent and well-written work with a substantial amount of detail especially about medications and how they work.
Journal of Clinical Psychiatry - Marcia Slomowitz
I heartily recommend this book to parents and relatives of adolescents who have or may have mood disorders. It is written clearly and simply... and with a style that helps parents to understand the complexities of the problem that is optimistic of the likelihood of improvement with correct diagnosis and treatment.
American Journal of Psychiatry - Nancy A. Durant
As I prepared this brief review, I found myself advising families to obtain their own copy of Dr. Mondimore's well-written, clear, and valuable book.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Fazal Ahmed, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an informative book on adolescent depression written by a faculty member of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate parents about the symptoms of adolescent depression to promote early recognition and to encourage them to seek early treatment and available interventions. The author tries to present depression as a medical model. He communicates the message successfully and uses simple narrative language and nicely avoids complex medical terms. The book largely meets the overall objectives.
Audience: The targeted audience are parents of adolescents who may be depressed. The book could be useful for all mental health workers, social workers, school counselors, etc. Family practitioners and pediatricians could also use the book while treating adolescents. The author is a credible authority in the field.
Features: The book is divided into four parts. The first deals with symptoms, syndromes, and diagnoses. The second covers medication and available psychotherapies. The third part deals with variations and causes. The final part covers strategies of treatment and the role of family. All the material is derived from the latest studies and the references are useful should one want to read further.
Assessment: Overall, this is a very useful and much needed book. It helps parents to understand all aspects of depression and related psychiatric issues in their adolescents. It will also help mental health workers, family practitioners, and pediatricians who work with this age group.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421404127
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 592,033
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Francis Mark Mondimore, M.D., is a psychiatrist and member of the clinical faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His books include Depression: The Mood Disease and Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families, both available from Johns Hopkins.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Symptoms, Syndromes, and Diagnosis 5
1 Depression: Some Definitions 7
2 Normal Adolescence and Depression in Adolescence 21
3 The Mood Disorders of Adolescence 33
4 Mood Disorders: A Summary of Diagnostic Categories in the DSM 62
Pt. II Treatment 73
5 Medication Issues in Adolescence 75
6 Antidepressant Medications 89
7 Mood-Stabilizing Medications 103
8 Other Medications and Treatments 124
9 Counseling and Psychotherapy 145
Pt. III Variations, Causes, and Connections 161
10 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 163
11 Alcohol and Drug Abuse 171
12 Eating Disorders 185
13 "Cutting" and Other Self-Harming Behaviors 195
14 The Genetics of Mood Disorders 205
Pt. IV Getting Better and Staying Well 215
15 Strategies for Successful Treatment 217
16 The Role of the Family 238
17 Planning for Emergencies 249
18 Looking Ahead 259
Resources 263
Suggested Reading 263
Support and Advocacy Organizations 264
Internet Resources 265
Notes 267
Index 283
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