If your Adolescent Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder

If your Adolescent Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder

An Essential Resource for Parents

Book - 2005
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Blackwell North Amer
Reflecting the latest scientific research on the diagnosis, treatment, management, and prevention of teen mood disorders, authors Dwight L. Evans and Linda Wasmer Andrews have organized their book so parents can easily find the information that is most relevant to their teen's illness. The book offers practical advice from parents who have experienced these illnesses in their children; identifies all the "red flags" of depression and bipolar disorder; explains available treatments and sheds light on the current debate about psychiatric medications for young people; provides strategies for assisting a teen both at home and school; and helps parents find support for themselves.
If Your Adolescent Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder is an invaluable resource, providing up-to-date information and the tools parents need to help their teenagers overcome the challenges of these disorders and regain their lives.

Oxford University Press
While coping with teenage moodiness can be difficult under any circumstances, it can be especially challenging if a teenager has a serious mood disorder. This concise, readable book is the definitive guide to understanding and getting effective help for adolescents with depression or bipolar disorder, designed for parents and other adults in contact with afflicted teens. It combines the most current scientific expertise available today--including the newest treatments and medications and the latest research findings on mood disorders--with no-nonsense, hands-on advice from parents who have faced these disorders in their own children.
Among other topics, the book addresses the biochemical roots of adolescent mood disorders, the ongoing debate over psychiatric medications for young people, and practical strategies for helping a teen cope at home and at school. It concludes on a hopeful note, by reviewing the latest scientific evidence on methods of stopping mood disorders before they start or minimizing the risk of recurrence. A growing body of research now shows that early diagnosis and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder may reduce the severity of these diseases, both now and in the future. Including red flags to look out for and warnings on the dangers of doing nothing, this book will provide the information and tools parents need to help adolescents achieve the best possible outcome.

On the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series:
The Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series addresses some of the major mental health issues facing teenagers today--eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and schizophrenia. Of the dozen or so books planned for the series, the first four, including the two presented here, focus on how parents and other adults, including teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, and even pediatricians, can help afflicted teens overcome the disrupting and often devastating challenges of these disorders. Each book is an authoritative guide that offers essential information such as how to go about getting a diagnosis, what the latest treatment options and prevention strategies are, how to help teens cope with mental illness at home and at school and, perhaps most importantly, what the warning signs and red flags are that parents and other adults should look out for in teenagers who may be at risk for these diseases. Combining the expertise of leading psychiatrists and psychologists with the experience of everyday people who have faced these disorders in their own children, the books are designed to help adults deal effectively with adolescent mental illness and to empower them to act immediately and wisely in getting teens the best available treatment possible.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2005
Description: viii, 197 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780195182095
Branch Call Number: 616.8527 Eva
Additional Contributors: Andrews, Linda Wasmer.


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