My Kind of Sad: What It's Like to Be Young and Depressed

My Kind of Sad: What It's Like to Be Young and Depressed

by Kate Scowen

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554513147
Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
Publication date: 03/04/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 168
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Kate Scowen has worked with youth for over 15 years in both residential and community-based programs, including the Toronto Children's Aid Society. Kate works in Toronto as a consultant and writer.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    A Guide to Reading This Book

    PART I: The Background

  1. Depression: Then and Now
  2. Adolescence: Identity and Chaos
  3. PART II: The Facts

  4. Depression: What Is It, Really?
  5. Depression and Anxiety: Panic and Fear
  6. Bipolar Disorder: Highs and Lows
  7. Lifestyle and Food: Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating
  8. Self-Mutilation: Releasing the Pain
  9. Depression and Gender: The Differences between Boys and Girls
  10. Suicide: No Turning Back
  11. PART III: Getting
    Better

  12. Treatment Options: Medications and Therapies
  13. Afterword by Dr. M. Korenblum
    Resources
    Check It Out
    Notes
    Index


Introduction

Introduction

This book is about a lot more than depression. It's about being an adolescent and how that shapes you. It's about what happens when your moods and habits move beyond the everyday and become harmful. And it's about how to recognize that and know when to get some help.

We all get moody sometimes. Our moods can fluctuate throughout the day without much warning. Depending on what is happening in our lives, our moods can be more visible sometimes than at other times. It's all part of being human. Imagine a world without moods or emotions -- no laughing at funny jokes, no crying when your feelings are hurt, no anger when someone pushes you, no fear watching a scary movie -- what a boring world that would be.

When you're little, chances are your emotions and moods are managed by your parents. If you fall and hurt yourself, they pick you up and brush you off. If someone hurts your feelings, they mediate the conflict for you and help to restart your friendship. As an adolescent, this begins to change. Not only do you want your parents to be less involved, they just aren't around as much. You're probably spending more time at school and more time with your friends. This all happens at a time when you are going through some major physical and emotional changes.

Your brain and your body are both changing in weird and wonderful ways. Now you have to figure out how to navigate the world on your own at a time when you're experiencing some serious inner chaos. This can be stressful and can certainly affect your moods. In this way, moodiness is a normal part of adolescence. The relationship between your moods, the world around you, and your life as anadolescent is explored in Part I.

Depression is more than moodiness; it is a mood disorder. A mood disorder is different from moodiness in that it is not a phase or something that will necessarily pass on its own. Depression may have one specific clinical description, but it's really so many different things. We get a real glimpse of this through the personal stories of youth who generously contributed to this book. Moodiness, depression, anxiety, mania, eating disorders, self-harming, substance abuse, and suicide are some of the issues that came up in their stories. These issues and their connection with adolescent depression are presented in Part II.

A friend may be able to cheer you up when you're feeling sad, but if you are clinically depressed or struggling with another mood disorder, you need to get some professional help. That help can come in a variety of forms, and you may need to spend some time finding out what suits you best. Different kinds of therapies and treatments are discussed in Part III.

This book is not going to give you a quick fix for depression or some magic formula for getting through adolescence. There is none. What this book will do is tell you what depression is and how it is different from being sad. I hope it will make you think a bit about what it means to be an adolescent. It will suggest ways to get help and will provide you with resources where you can find that help. If you are a friend of someone who you think is depressed or is struggling with some of the other issues explored in this book, it will give you some ideas on how you might be able to help.

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