by Wendy Moragne

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Depression is a mental health disorder that affects the lives of millions. Statistics from the World Health Organization show that about 121 million people worldwide are clinically depressed. The symptoms of depression go far beyond just feeling sad. It is a serious disorder that can make it difficult for sufferers to cope with daily life. At its worst, depression


Depression is a mental health disorder that affects the lives of millions. Statistics from the World Health Organization show that about 121 million people worldwide are clinically depressed. The symptoms of depression go far beyond just feeling sad. It is a serious disorder that can make it difficult for sufferers to cope with daily life. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. "Major depression affects more than 5 percent of teens and is linked with suicide, substance abuse and other serious problems. Yet it often goes undiagnosed and untreated," explains USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper. The good news is that available treatments such as medication and psychotherapy can help most people with depression to lead normal, healthy lives. In this book, you'll follow the stories of five young people who suffer from depression. You'll learn about the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of depression and discover coping strategies and available treatments. All of these facts will give you the information you need to recognize and understand depression and its treatment. Identifying depression in yourself, a friend, or a family member is the first step toward recovery.

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Children's Literature
"What may appear to be normal struggles through the teenage years may actually be depression." In this teen-friendly book, the stories of seven teenagers who faced depression and received help are told, candidly describing the powerful effect depression had on their lives. Seventeen-year-old Kevin became depressed after he was dumped by his girlfriend, thirteen-year-old Lindsey's grandparents moved, eighteen-year-old Anthony is bipolar and in college, seventeen-year-old Molly's mother died in a car accident, and so forth. Moragne says, "The message these young people wish to convey is that depression is a treatable disorder and that help is readily available." Good descriptions of the symptoms, forms, causes and treatment of depression are provided. Medications are described, and the role of the psychiatrist as the best person to prescribe is emphasized. The warning signs of suicide, the family's role in depression and strategies for boosting self-esteem are discussed. The author also explains the need for a full complement of responses to this illness, as it seems "to be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological and environmental factors." The chapter layout of the book creates a useful resource and the text is clearly written. The book jacket, with a split photo of a sad face, is unappealing. Contains an annotated list of associations, a further reading list, an index and table of contents. A valuable book for adults and teens, and helpful for a teen who has a friend experiencing one of the seven crises described. Part of the "Twenty-First Century Medical Library" series. 2001, Twenty-First Century Books, $23.90. Ages 11 up. Reviewer: Elaine Wick
"All [my parents] were worried about was that I wouldn't get into a good college," stated Kevin, one of the seven depressed teens profiled in this book. "But all I was worried about was how I was going to face the next day." This accurate and poignant description of depression is followed by realistic and specific information regarding the disease, including the causes, symptoms and effects, coping strategies, and the variety of treatments available. Information for teens with depressed friends and parents also is included. Importantly, readers learn that depression is an illness brought about by a chemical imbalance, and its treatment requires medication and/or counseling. Depression, unlike feeling occasionally sad, will not disappear eventually. Moreover, approximately 25 percent of those with the illness do not receive significant relief from treatment. Unfortunately, although some researchers contend that homosexual teens are particularly prone to depression, Moragne devotes only two sentences to this segment of the population. Furthermore, when revisiting the profiled teens, all were recovering. Homosexual readers or those unresponsive to medical treatment are a significant number, yet they are absent here. These readers undoubtedly will be frustrated with this book. Nevertheless this solid reference provides accurate information regarding depression. Similarly written titles in the Medical Library series include Allergies, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyslexia, and Asthma among others. Glossary. Index. Photos. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined asgrades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Twenty-First Century, 112p, $24.90. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Lisa M. Hazlett
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-The text opens with scenarios of seven teens who deal with this disorder in a variety of ways. This technique is used to discuss the related factors that can be caused by or perpetuated by depression. The author discusses what it is, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, suicide and its prevention, family friends and school, and the power of self-esteem. Although the book is formatted to highlight certain facts, the vocabulary and sophisticated sentence structure are likely to leave less capable readers with little or no understanding of the topic. The list for further reading is up to date and addresses and Web sites are provided for organizations that readers can turn to for more information and help. Black-and-white photos are superfluous and seem posed and artificial. Gail Stewart's Teens and Depression (Lucent, 1997) is easier to read without sacrificing information. A serviceable addition.-Marilyn Fairbanks, Azure IRC, Brockton High School, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
This in-depth book on depression is targeted towards teenagers. It begins with the stories of seven teenagers who have all overcome depression. Each of these young people candidly discusses how her/his depression began. The following chapters provide information that explains what depression is and describes the symptoms. Some of the causes of depression are then provided. Genetics, biological, psychological, and environmental factors can all trigger clinical depression. The diagnosis can be difficult and treatment options are usually a combination of psychotherapy and medication. A chapter is dedicated to suicide and its prevention, and the book concludes with chapters that discuss the importance of a social support system and the power of positive self-esteem. The same seven teenagers who told their story at the beginning of the book, share their experiences throughout. For example, the chapter on diagnosis and treatment begins with a passage from Jordynn. She tells how she was diagnosed and then she explains the subsequent treatment that she received. There are many photographs, charts, and statistics in this compelling, insightful, and valuable reference book. The appendix includes a comprehensive list of resources for additional information. This book is part of the USA Today "Health Reports on Diseases and Disorders" series. Reviewer: Denise Daley

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Twenty-First Century Medical Library Series
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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