In clear and accessible language, Dr. Miriam Kaufman explains what teen depression is, and how it can be overcome. She give parents a thorough overview with the most up-to-date medical knowledge, and includes many illustrative case histories.
To aid in the search for someone who can diagnose your teen and recommend appropriate help, Dr. Kaufman outlines current medical approaches, including therapy and drug treatments, as well as alternative treatments. In a broad-ranging question-and-answer section she addresses many of the specific concerns of parents, and of teenagers themselves.
Other important factors such as gender and sexuality differences, related medical and psychiatric disorders, substance abuse and poverty are discussed in detail. Dr. Kaufman outlines the warning signs of suicide and offers professional advice on how it can be prevented.
"This book is first rate -- it will be of great value to parents and teenagers alike."
(Dr. Stan Kutcher, MD, FRCPC, Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University)
"With its comprehensive, easy to read approach, this book is an excellent resource, not just for parents and teens, but also for university students dealing with depression. The chapter on alternative treatments is especially helpful."
(Samuel Parrish, MD, Director of Student Health and Wellness Center,Johns Hopkins University)