Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers


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Seeing your child suffer in any way is a harrowing experience for any parent. Mental illness in children can be particularly draining due to the mystery surrounding it, and the issue of diagnosis at such a tender age. Depression and Your Child gives parents and caregivers a uniquely textured understanding of pediatric depression, its causes, its symptoms, and its treatments. Serani weaves her own personal experiences of being a depressed child along with her clinical experiences as a psychologist treating depressed children. Current research, treatments and trends are presented in easy to understand language and tough subjects like self-harm, suicide and recovery plans are addressed with supportive direction. Parents will learn tips on how to discipline a depressed child, what to expect from traditional treatments like psychotherapy and medication, how to use holistic methods to address depression, how to avoid caregiver burnout, and how to move through the trauma of diagnosis and plan for the future. Real life cases highlight the issues addressed in each chapter and resources and a glossary help to further understanding for those seeking additional information. Parents and caregivers are sure to find here a reassuring approach to childhood depression that highlights the needs of the child even while it emphasizes the need for caregivers to care for themselves and other family members as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442244467
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/16/2015
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 499,928
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Deborah Serani, PsyD, is a go-to media expert on a variety of psychological issues. Her interviews can be found in ABC News, Newsday, Women’s Health & Fitness, The Chicago Tribune, The Associated Press, and affiliate radio station programs at CBS and NPR, just to name a few. She is a ShareCare Expert for Dr. Oz, writes for Psychology Today, helms the Ask the Therapist column for Esperanza Magazine and has worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. A licensed psychologist in practice over twenty years, Serani is also an adjunct professor at Adelphi University and author of the award-winning book Living with Depression (Rowman & Littlefield).

Table of Contents

1: Understanding Child Development
2: Defining Depression in Childhood
3: Diagnosing Pediatric Depression
4: Treatments for Pediatric Depression
5: Holistic Approaches to Depression
6: Self-Harm and Suicide
7: My Child is Diagnosed, Now What?
8: Tips for Parenting Your Depressed Child
9: 20 Depression Myths Every Parent Should Know
10: Planning for the Future
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C

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Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
amm02 More than 1 year ago
This book was so very very good. As I started reading this book I realized that I was able to relate to alot of what she was saying. There are moments when I find myself struggling. I like that she relates her own experiences and helps encourage you to seek help if needed. She reminds parents that sometimes there is no fault but its just there and needs to be taken care of. She gives you a chart of normal behaviors that kids in each age group should be learning/doing.  At the end of each chapter there is a case study that gives you a real life understanding. Plus at the end there is so many resources that can be utilized if you feel that your children have any of these issues. I can not explain how informative I found this book. It is definitely a must read. Especially if you have a history of depression and children. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
hsb424 More than 1 year ago
This book is the most valuable resource I have ever read, specifically addressing depression in all stages of a child's growth and development. My 11 year old daughter has been living with depression for over 5 years. This book addressed every question and every fear I had in helping  her deal with the disease and provided me with hope for the first time. During my daughter's hospitalization I emailed the author out of desperation to find the right after care. She responded and gave me great advice and tools to help me in my search. This is an amazing book written by an amazing, compassionate and caring person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an exceptional read!!  Having been a depressed child, I can truly relate to the subjects and detailed information that Dr. Serani writes so brilliantly.  Not only does Dr. Serani share her professional experiences but her personal one as well and for me, that is what makes this book amazing. Depression in children has been so unrecognized in the past and even so in today's world, but Dr. Serani shares the symptoms as well as diagnosis and finally the many forms of treatment available for your child.  This book was so real to me, it was like I saw myself as a little child again. I also saw hope whereas when I was a child I felt helpless. Dr. Serani gives you, the parents, the hope and help you can give to your child. I would urge people to read this book as well as Dr. Serani's first book, " Living with Depression". Both are easy reads with so much great informative and REAL information.  Dr. Serani has helped me understand so much more about this mental illness then I ever thought possible.  I applaude Dr. Serani and her brilliantly written work! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book that discusses and outlines pediatric depression, self-harm, suicide, and the strategies a parent/adult can use to support and guide his/her adolescent child during this difficult time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional book.  Written with the reader in mind, it is easy to understand and helped me relate to my daughter's depression.  Dr. Serani is a great author and I look forward t her next book.. Her first two were home run's in my book ! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this because my child struggles with depression. This is a must read book not just for parents who want to learn about depression in children, but would for teachers too. The author covers the usual things, like symptoms, diagnosis and treatment - but goes further to cover holistic treatments too. The tough subjects of self harm and suicide get a chapter each, which is really helpful. What really makes this meaningful read is that the author shares her own experiences with depression personally and professionally.  I felt like I got a true take on depression. Not a sanitized or clinical view of this illness. I'll be getting Serani's first book too.