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. Author Deborah 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.
This is an important, highly informative book that every parent should read. All kids have their ups and downs, but how do you know when the problem goes beyond mere moodiness? How do you know if your child is, in fact, suffering from depression, from a condition that may even lead to suicide?
Dr. Deborah Serani offers these answers. In the book, you’ll find out what child depression is, how to spot it, how to treat it, diagnosis, prognosis, etc., and she does this in a straight-forward, engaging manner.
If you have teens who often seem sad or act inexplicably angry or frustrated, I urge you to read this book. It may be nothing serious–but it also might be depression. Knowing the problem is the first step toward finding a solution. Knowledge is power. This is also a good book for teachers and educators. Highly recommended!