Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents (2nd Edition)
In Adolescent Depression, psychiatrists Francis MarkMondimore, MD, and Patrick Kelly, MD, explain that seriousdepression in adolescents goes beyond "moodiness." Depression is infact an illness'one that can be effectively treated. The authorsdescribe the many forms of depression and the many symptoms ofdepression in young people'from sadness to irritability, self-harm,drug and alcohol abuse, and violent rages. Incorporating the latestresearch from the field of adolescent psychiatry, thiscomprehensive and compassionate guide answers questions that manyparents have, including What are the symptoms of depression inteenagers? How is depression diagnosed? What is the differencebetween depression and bipolar disorder, and which does my childhave? How can I find the best mental health professional team formy child? What kinds of counseling and psychotherapy are available?Are medications safe, and how does a doctor choose a medication formy child? What can I do if my adolescent is using alcohol, crystalmeth, marijuana, or other substances? How do autism and Asperger'ssyndrome, eating disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, ADHD,and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder interact withdepression? What should I do if I sense that my child is in danger?With all of this going on, how can I take care of myself?