Marcia Slomowitz, M.D.
Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parentsby Francis Mark Mondimore
In Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents. Johns Hopkins psychiatrist Francis Mondimore helps parents understand that serious depression in adolescents is an illness and that it can be effectively treated. He describes the many forms of depression and the many ways it can appear in young people -- from intensely sad feelings to irritability, anger, and destructive rages. And he answers parents' questions. including: What are the danger signals of serious depression in teenagers? How are mood disorders diagnosed? How do medications work? What about talking therapies? How does depression relate to other problems, such as drug abuse, ADHD, and eating disorders and other self-injurious behavior? This comprehensive and compassionate guide detailing the causes, symptoms, treatments, and complications of adolescent depression provides parents with the information they need to ensure that their children receive the best possible treatment and become healthy adults.
Nancy A. Durant, M.D.
Description: This is an informative book on adolescent depression written by a faculty member of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate parents about the symptoms of adolescent depression to promote early recognition and to encourage them to seek early treatment and available interventions. The author tries to present depression as a medical model. He communicates the message successfully and uses simple narrative language and nicely avoids complex medical terms. The book largely meets the overall objectives.
Audience: The targeted audience are parents of adolescents who may be depressed. The book could be useful for all mental health workers, social workers, school counselors, etc. Family practitioners and pediatricians could also use the book while treating adolescents. The author is a credible authority in the field.
Features: The book is divided into four parts. The first deals with symptoms, syndromes, and diagnoses. The second covers medication and available psychotherapies. The third part deals with variations and causes. The final part covers strategies of treatment and the role of family. All the material is derived from the latest studies and the references are useful should one want to read further.
Assessment: Overall, this is a very useful and much needed book. It helps parents to understand all aspects of depression and related psychiatric issues in their adolescents. It will also help mental health workers, family practitioners, and pediatricians who work with this age group.
What People are Saying About This
This is Dr. Mondimore's best book yet, thorough and comprehensive. He provides information that is vital for parents, pediatricians, and general practitioners trying to understand the behavioral symptoms of mood disorders in adolescents.
This well-written book is both comprehensive and scientifically rigorous. Dr. Mondimore makes the complex concepts and terms involved in the diagnosis and treatment of adolescent depression enormously accessible to the layperson.
Dr. Mondimore has clearly succeeded in his goal of providing parents with a sophisticated summary of everything that is currently known about adolescent mood disorders. His writing combines a keen clinical skill in the care of patients with a comprehensive and sensible review of the research literature. In our clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital, we spend a lot of time simply educating parents about these conditions, and we have badly needed a book to recommend to families. Dr. Mondimore's book more than satisfies this urgent need. This is an outstanding work that surpasses anything else I have read for parents on clinical depression and bipolar disorder in teenagers.
Meet the Author
Francis Mark Mondimore, MD, is a psychiatrist on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Mood Disorders Clinic at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Patrick Kelly, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist on the faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California–Los Angeles and director of pediatric emergency services for psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
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