Depression: A Teen's Guide to Survive and Thrive

Depression: A Teen's Guide to Survive and Thrive

Depression: A Teen's Guide to Survive and Thrive

Depression: A Teen's Guide to Survive and Thrive


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“Readers looking for help for themselves or a friend will find that this slim volume is chock-full of easy-to-implement ideas for those living with depression.”—School Library Journal

Teens get a great deal of information and guidance on many things from study skills to college admissions to test taking…and the list goes on. But many teens get no direct instruction about how to manage difficult emotions. This lack of direction can be hard because teens are at an age vulnerable to depression. While people often use the word "depression" to describe a momentary mood, the same term is also used to label a more serious and long-lasting problem that can interfere with many aspects of a person’s life. It's that second definition that is the focus of this book.

Depression: A Teen’s Guide to Survive and Thrive is a guidebook for teenagers who are depressed or at risk for depression, full of useful information, helpful self-reflection quizzes, and easy-to-do exercises. This guide discusses depression and provides guidance on cognitive—behavioral therapy principles to help teens take a problem-solving, strategy-based approach to deal with depressed moods, thoughts, and behavior. Intended to serve as an adjunct to therapy, this is a very practical and easy-to-read book that is not overwhelming for teens. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433822742
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 10/17/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 646,356
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD, is the co-author of several self-help books. She has been in private practice working with children, teens, and families for over thirty years. Dr. Toner earned her PhD from the University of Virginia and completed two post-doctoral programs (in pediatric psychology and adolescent medicine) at the University of Maryland Medical School. Dr. Toner also serves as lead facilitator and consultant on a project on medical ethics led by Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is the mother of three grown children and lives with her husband in Baltimore.
Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice, working for more than thirty-five years with youth and their families. Interested in bringing the general principles of cognitive–behavioral therapy to families everywhere, she is the co-author of What to Do When It's Not Fair, What to Do When Mistakes Make You Quake, and What to Do When You Feel Too Shy. She lives with her husband in Baltimore. They have two grown children. Visit Dr. Freeland at

Table of Contents

A Note to You, Our Reader 1

Chapter 1 Depression and Teens 7

Chapter 2 Getting Help 21

Chapter 3 The Loop of Depression 31

Chapter 4 The Impact of Your Behavior 43

Chapter 5 The Impact of Your Thoughts 59

Chapter 6 Effective Problem Solving 77

Chapter 7 Active Coping 91

Chapter 8 The Mind-Body Connection 97

Chapter 9 Developing Your Strengths 111

Chapter 10 Strength in Numbers 123

Chapter 11 Summing It Up to Survive and Thrive 137

Appendix 141

Resources 145

Index 149

About the Authors 153

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