I Just Want You To Be Happy: Preventing and Tackling Teenage Depression

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Some of the most critical issues facing Australia today are the escalating rate of youth depression and the high rates of hospitalisation for self-harm among young people, particularly girls. When most parents only want their teenagers to be happy, it is distressing to know that one in five teenagers will experience a mental health problem before they are eighteen years of age. No one is immune. Hundreds of thousands of prescriptions are written for young people under eighteen every year. It is important for all ...

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Overview

Some of the most critical issues facing Australia today are the escalating rate of youth depression and the high rates of hospitalisation for self-harm among young people, particularly girls. When most parents only want their teenagers to be happy, it is distressing to know that one in five teenagers will experience a mental health problem before they are eighteen years of age. No one is immune. Hundreds of thousands of prescriptions are written for young people under eighteen every year. It is important for all parents to know that, contrary to popular belief, depression may be prevented and treated without medication.

I Just Want You to Be Happy explores why our search for constant happiness is setting our children up for problems and what can be done to protect them.

Aimed at all parents, carers, teachers and friends, this book is a much-needed guide to preventing, identifying and managing depression in teenagers. It draws on the combined clinical experience and research of its authors–a general practitioner, an adolescent physician and a psychiatrist–who have worked with many thousands of young people, including the most disadvantaged and the most gifted teenagers, over many decades.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741755305
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,433,537
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Leanne Rowe is the former chairman of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has extensively published in the area of adolescent mental health. Professor Bruce Tonge is head of the Center for Development Psychiatry and Chairperson of the Division of Psychiatry at Center Medical Centre, Melbourne. Professor David Bennett is head of the NSW Center for the Advancement of Adolescent Health.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Authors viii

Foreword by beyondblue: the national depression initiative x

Foreword by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners xi

Introduction xiv

Part 1 What is the problem? xvi

1 What is normal teenage behaviour? 3

2 Is it sadness or depression? 8

3 What makes young people vulnerable–or resilient? 16

Part 2 Preventing youth depression 24

4 The difference warm, respectful parenting makes 28

5 Resolving family conflict 41

6 Parents and adolescents–dealing with stress 56

7 Helping adolescents stay healthy 68

8 Making school a positive, not a problem 83

9 Stamping out bullying 101

Part 3 How can we help adolescents overcome depression? 114

10 Steps to seeking help 117

11 Challenging depressed thinking 122

12 Antidepressant treatment 135

13 Other mental illnesses 139

Part 4 Young people in crisis: how can we help? 152

14 Acting out: a cry for help 155

15 Suicidal behaviour and self-harm 162

16 Alcohol and other drugs 169

Part 5 Where to from here? 184

Appendix: Helpful resources 191

Endnotes 202

Bibliography 203

Other resources 204

Index 207

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