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Children's LiteratureThis title opens with two well-told stories, one of a thirteen-year-old girl suffering from depression, and a second of an eleven-year-old boy whose father suffers from bipolar disorder. The definition, causes and types of depression are clearly outlined. (It would, however, be more accurate to refer to a psychologist as a clinical psychologist because psychologist alone is a generic term referring to many types, and not necessarily those with clinical skills.) The chapter on living with depression and "What you can do" provides useful information. A point that is not included is the importance of dialogue about medications between the prescribing psychiatrist and the patient receiving the medication. A brief chapter on the history of depression is intriguing. Mention is made of famous people who suffered from the condition. Interesting pictures, diagrams, and useful sidebars are included on each page spread. While information is clearly presented in the text, understanding it is complicated here by the density of text and readability of font type throughout the book. The book contains a glossary of words that are in bold in the text, an index, and "Find Out More" resource lists of organizations, books and websites. This is a useful resource book for school reports and for those experiencing depression. The author is a former Gifted and Talented teacher. Other titles in the "Health Alert" series include Alzheimer's Disease, Heart Disease, Lung Cancer, Asthma and Juvenile Diabetes. 2005, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, Ages 9 to 12.