Navigating Teenage Depression: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

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First symptoms of depression often occur during teenage years, and it can be a disturbing and confusing time for families as well as the teenager themselves. How can you tell whether it is just typical teenage ups and downs that will pass, or something more serious? How can we reliably identify and support teenagers with depression?

In this book experienced clinician and researcher Gordon Parker explains how to systematically identify different mood disorders and contributing ...

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Overview

First symptoms of depression often occur during teenage years, and it can be a disturbing and confusing time for families as well as the teenager themselves. How can you tell whether it is just typical teenage ups and downs that will pass, or something more serious? How can we reliably identify and support teenagers with depression?

In this book experienced clinician and researcher Gordon Parker explains how to systematically identify different mood disorders and contributing factors. He and co-author Kerrie Eyers explain when clinical treatment is required and outline treatment options. They also discuss the particular challenges faced by adolescents and approaches to effective management.

Drawing on insightful personal accounts from teenagers and young adults about their experiences, and based on extensive clinical research, this is essential reading for every parent, carer or professional looking after a young person with depression.

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"If you suspect your teenager is depressed, read this book. It contains the distilled wisdom of Professor Gordon Parker and Kerrie Eyers, who have been successfully helping young people overcome depression at their Black Dog Institute in Australia for many years. This book is a ray of light that shows the way out of a dark place." - Alan Carr, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University College Dublin, Ireland

"A 'must' read for parents and for professionals." - Professor Sir Michael Rutter, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

"This book will prove a valuable source of information and guidance for parents concerned about their teenager's mood... Written by experts in the field of depression, it is easy to read and jargon free, with contributions from young people themselves providing personal insights into their experiences." - Youthinmind.co.uk, June 2010

"It is easy to read, rich with clinical examples, and tackles common problems such as stigma and how to get reluctant teens to come for treatment." - Jeanne Bereiter, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415583374
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Parker is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales and Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute, Sydney, Australia. He is a renowned researcher with over 30 years’ experience with mood disorders.

Kerrie Eyers is a psychologist, teacher and editor with many years’ experience in mental health, based at the Black Dog Institute, Sydney, Australia.

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Table of Contents

1 Navigating the maze : teen stories of teenage depression 1

2 Background stresses : teenagers shoulder some heavy baggage 20

3 What depression feels like : young people describe its effects 44

4 Getting to assessment : some ways to overcome teenage reluctance 60

5 Making the diagnosis : guidelines for a systematic approach 79

6 The assessment report : and how teenagers adjust to the diagnosis 97

7 A quick look at treatment and management : and the impact of personality style 113

8 Maintaining good mental health : tips from teens and their supporters 146

App. I Examining the use and effectiveness of antidepressants in teens 175

App. II Assessing the risk of harm in teenagers with depression 188

App. III Teenagers share their most effective wellbeing strategies 199

App. IV The Mood Assessment Program (MAP) 211

Glossary 213

Notes 224

Index 227

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