More Than the Blues?: Understanding and Dealing with Depression

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Many People say "I'm so depressed!" without understanding that true depression is a serious illness that goes far beyond a feeling of sadness. Depression is estimated to affect about 20 percent of the population, but it is often misunderstood. Eileen Lucas describes the symptoms and causes of the disorder, and she explores the types of treatment that offer hope for it.

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Overview

Many People say "I'm so depressed!" without understanding that true depression is a serious illness that goes far beyond a feeling of sadness. Depression is estimated to affect about 20 percent of the population, but it is often misunderstood. Eileen Lucas describes the symptoms and causes of the disorder, and she explores the types of treatment that offer hope for it.

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VOYA - Lauri J. Vaughan
The "Issues in Focus Today" series attempts to provide comprehensive but slim volumes on deeply serious issues confronting teens. To some extent, these three titles succeed. Stressed Out in School? covers anxiety brought on by issues such as heavy class loads, homework, and the college application process, and offers a brief chapter on antidotes. The Sexuality and Teens title includes chapters on behavior, birth control, pregnancy, STDs and educational programs. More Than the Blues? contains sections on symptoms, causes and treatments of depression. All titles offer a glossary, further reading and a list of internet links. Unfortunately, all three reviewed volumes fall flat. Information with any real depth is sorely lacking throughout, obviating the use of any title for research. Littered with hokey, posed and frequently poor quality photos, it is hard to believe that teens needing information for genuine problem-solving would be lured by these books. An image of a young girl wearing a backpack and looking over her shoulder is typical. The caption warns of the health risks of carrying too many books— a topic worthy of more depth. The image is crooked, however, and, worse yet, her backpack is decidedly unstuffed. Shoddy execution shows up far too often in the series. One wonders why, in a book that might try to dispel misconceptions about mental health, editors chose to enlarge and highlight a quote that states the majority belief that depression is a "personal weakness." The repetitive use of simple syntax and frequent overuse of the second person "you" reads like a pedantic turn-off. Libraries serving teens desperate for coverage on these worthy topics should not expect much—certainly not enough to warrant the price tags for such superficial coverage. Reviewer: Lauri J. Vaughan
Children's Literature - Shelly McCoy
Part of the "Issues in Focus Series," this book does a good job of introducing the health topic of depression to the reader by starting off with a story about a young man who talks to his Mom about the way he has been feeling and what he then goes through to start to get help for his depression. With other chapters on the symptoms, causes, and treatment of depression, a teenage reader will get a solid understanding of depression, be able to recognize the physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms in themselves and others, and learn how to get help. Ultimately, this knowledge may help a reader prevent the most serious consequence of depression, which is suicide. The text is clearly written and is interspersed with stories and statistics that keep the reader moving through the pages so that one never thinks that this just a boring medical book. There is also evident consideration in the text for people who may have depression or who may have someone else in their family with depression and discussion of how the illness or disorder affects all involved. The chapter notes and further reading sections of the book add citations and internet links to further information, making this title a good place to start research and a good title to add to a health class book list. Reviewer: Shelly McCoy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766030657
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Issues in Focus Today Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Journey 7

Chapter 2 Symptoms: What Makes It Depression? 17

Chapter 3 Causes: Where Depression Comes From 29

Chapter 4 Treating Depression with Medication 44

Chapter 5 Other Treatments for Depression 59

Chapter 6 Other Mood Disorders 73

Chapter 7 Taking Action 82

Chapter Notes 97

Glossary 103

For More Information 107

Further Reading 108

Internet Addresses 109

Index 110

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