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When Your Child is Depressed
Kids Health for Parents
If your child is depressed, you're probably frightened and frustrated because depression can be scary for your child and discouraging if you're a parent who's at a loss to help.

Let's Talk About Depression
National Institute of Mental Health
Most people with depression can be helped with treatment. But a majority of depressed people never get the help they need. And, when depression isn't treated, it can get worse, last longer, and prevent you from getting the most out of this important time in your life.

What to do When a Friend is Depressed: Guide for Students
National Institute of Mental Health
You know that these school years can be complicated and demanding. Deep down, you are not quite sure of who you are, what you want to be, or whether the choices you make from day to day are the best decisions. Sometimes the many changes and pressures you are facing threaten to overwhelm you. So, it isn't surprising that from time to time you or one of your friends feels "down" or discouraged. But what about those times when a friend's activity and outlook on life stay "down" for weeks and begin to affect your relationship? If you know someone like this, your friend might be suffering from depression. As a friend, you can help.

JAMA Patient Page: Depression
A person who feels sad all the time, has unexplained crying spells, or loses interest in usual activities may have major depression, a serious medical illness that should be distinguished from normal temporary feelings of sadness after a loss, such as the death of a relative or friend. Major depression affects 14 million persons in the United States each year.

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What do These Students Have in Common?
National Institute of Mental Health
College offers new experiences and challenges. This can be exciting - it can also be stressful and make you, or someone you know, feel sad. But when "the blues" last for weeks, or interfere with academic or social functioning, it may be clinical depression. Clinical depression is a common, frequently unrecognized illness that can be effectively treated.

Childhood Depression and Implications for the Classroom
There's another hidden disability in the classroom: depression. In fact depression can be so hidden that often parents don't know about it, says Stuart Copans, a child psychiatrist from Brattleboro, VT. Dr. Copans notes that suicide can occur even among pre-adolescents. Often, in those situations, parents were not even aware that their child was depressed. Because of the large amount of time teachers spend with students in their classroom, teachers can play an important role identifying and helping students struggling with the condition.

 Michigan Resources, Support Groups, Listservs & Websites

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University of Michigan Depression Center
The nations first comprehensive center devoted to treatment, research and education of depression at the University of Michigan.
To schedule an appointment call 734-936-4400

Michigan Center for Anxiety & Depression

Michigan Suicide & Crisis Hotlines

National Hopeline Network
1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-784-2433 Toll-Free in the U.S. (24/7)

Mid-Michigan Physicians
We know there is a ton of information out there on the world wide web related to health education and self help guides to good health. We also know that you may not have the time to search through 50 sites to get a simple straightforward answer to a question you may have about a particular health condition.

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 National Resources & Websites

Featured Resource: Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance - The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses – depression and bipolar disorder. The organization fosters an understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can understand.


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
This site is designed to serve both AACAP Members, and Parents and Families. Information is provided as a public service to aid in the understanding and treatment of the developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders which affect an estimated 7 to 12 million children and adolescents at any given time in the United States.

Center for Mental Health Services
The National Mental Health Information Center was developed for users of mental health services and their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media.

National Foundation for Depressive Illness
The National Foundation For Depressive Illness (NAFDI) was established in 1983 to provide public and professional information about Affective Disorders, the availability of treatment, and the urgent need for further research. The Foundation is committed to an extensive, ongoing public information campaign addressed to this pervasive, costly, and hidden national emergency.

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 Articles Related to this Disability

Test Takes on Teens' Mental Health - Somewhere in junior high, Jennifer Rashti lost her smile. The once-genial Cherry Hill girl began to feel sad, angry, low. By last year, when she was a high school sophomore, Rashti was making excuses not to go out with friends.


How Many Did I Overlook? The Transformation of a School Psychologist - During my first ten years as a school psychologist, I was not aware of the neurobiological nature of mental illness. I had no inkling that many of the students that I saw had the symptoms of what we now are beginning to understand as diseases of the brain. I variously labeled these students seriously emotionally disturbed (SED), conduct disordered, and out of touch with their feelings. That many of these children might be suffering from the initial stages of major mental illnesses rarely occurred to me.


Emotional Ties to School Vital to Success - There's a growing body of evidence that building emotional connections between young people and their schools improves their commitment to education and increases their ability to resist risky behavior. Research shows that 40 percent to 60 percent of all students -- urban, suburban and rural - are "chronically disengaged" from school. And these numbers don't include kids who actually drop out of school. "Essentially, we're telling kids they're on their own, and while many of them succeed, many don't. This is not acceptable."


Parental Stress Leaves Mark on Kids - Kids have it rough these days. Their parents' financial troubles are their troubles. Their parents' marital woes are their woes. And it's depressing them. The National Institute of Mental Health recently reported 2.5 percent of children up to age 12 suffer from depression. Region experts said our kids are depressed too, though no number of local children suffering from depression is available.


Tragic Teen Suicides Inspire Idea That Invites More - In heart-wrenching testimony before federal drug regulators last February, parent after parent related how their teens had committed suicide after taking prescription antidepressants.


Discerning Difference Between Teen Angst, Depression - I received a phone call this week from an employer wanting to help a teen employee who she suspected was struggling with clinical depression and may have attempted suicide. Compounding the teen's mental health problems were parents who appeared to lack accurate information and understanding about this most serious problem, teen depression.


New Doubts About Medicating Kids - Personal tragedies and scientific evidence are combining to call into question the use of powerful antidepressant drugs on children and teens. Pressure has been building for months to ban or curtail their use. Recent scientific studies have found a link between the use of these drugs and suicidal tendencies among children. In December, Britain banned the use of some antidepressants on patients under 18. The fallout from a hearing called by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week is ratcheting up the pressure for some kind of action on this side of the Atlantic.


UK Risk of New Anti-depressants Outweighs Benefit - British drug regulators Wednesday recommended against the use of all but one of a new generation of anti-depressants in the treatment of depressed children under 18.


Debate Resumes on the Safety of Depression's Wonder Drugs - Warnings by drug regulators about the safety of Paxil, one of the world's most prescribed antidepressants, are reopening seemingly settled questions about a whole class of drugs that also includes Prozac and Zoloft.

Recurrent concussions may be linked to depression, North Carolina study finds - Retired football players who suffered three or four concussions have twice the risk of later developing clinical depression - a risk that rises with even more injuries, new research says.


Commentary with Mike Lopresti: Bradshaw, Williams Confront Depression - The man on the telephone has four Super Bowl rings, a television name...and a lifetime of living with depression.


The Kids are Hurting - Gripped by depression and anxiety, adolescents are swamping psychiatric wards and therapists' offices across the country.  "If this were an infectious disease, we would call this an epidemic."


Young and Depressed - Ten years ago this disease was for adults only. But as teen depression comes out of the closet, it’s getting easier to spot—and sufferers can hope for a brighter future.


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 Medical Information

Persistence Found to be Key to Treating Depressed Teens - Teenagers whose initial drug treatment fails to combat depression, which happens in four out of 10 cases, can be helped by switching medicine and adding psychotherapy, a U.S. study published on Tuesday said.


FDA Orders Strong Antidepressant Warnings - All antidepressants must carry a "black box" warning, the government's strongest safety alert, linking the drugs to increased suicidal thoughts and behavior among children and teens taking them, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.


Drugs, Therapy Help Adolescent Depression - Combining drugs with talk therapy works best in treating depressed adolescents, the first large study of its kind has found, echoing research in adults showing that treating the disease requires more than a pop-a-pill quick fix.


UK 50,000 Children Taking Antidepressants - An antidepressant which GPs [General Practitioners] have been prescribing to thousands of children, in spite of the fact that it is not recommended for their use, can cause youngsters to want to kill themselves, the government's regulatory agency warned yesterday.


 Books & Videos

The Childhood Depression Sourcebook
by Jeffrey A. Miller
Depression is often underidentified in children. As a result, many go undiagnosed and suffer needlessly. The Childhood Depression Sourcebook provides insight into why children get depressed, how to identify symptoms, and where to find appropriate treatment. Dr. Miller distinguishes how childhood depression differs from adult depression and how depression manifests during different developmental stages: early childhood, late childhood, and adolescence. This unique book also emphasizes working with schools on both the academic and social level to help children adjust.

Sad Days, Glad Days: A Story About Depression
by Dewitt Hamilton, Gail Owens (Illustrator), Judith Mathews (Editor)
Amanda Martha tries to understand her mother's depression, which sometimes makes her sleep all day, feel sad, or cry.

Recovering from Depression: A Workbook for Teens
by Mary Ellen Copeland (Editor), Stuart Copans, Ellen, M. A., M. S. Copeland
Interactive workbook, for teens, explores ways to deal with suicidal thoughts, change negative behaviors, reach out to friends and family, reduce stress, avoid substance abuse, solve problems, recognize triggers of depression, and focus on dreams and goals. Includes tips, brain-storming activities, checklists, and more. Softcover.

Winning!: How Teens (And Other Humans) Can Beat Anger and Depression: A Handbook for Teens, Teachers, Parents, Therapists, and Counselors
by Lew, Ph.D. Hamburger
109 pages.

More Than Moody: Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression
by Harold S. Koplewicz
In this groundbreaking book, Harold Koplewicz, M.D., uses his experience as a clinician and researcher to help parents distinguish between normal teenage angst and true depression, a serious psychological illness with serious long-term consequences.

Helping Your Depressed Teenager: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers
by Gerald D. Oster (Author), Sarah S. Montgomery (Author)
"The authors have produced a very readable, extremely well informed and comprehensive book that will add greatly to the knowledge base of interested parents. This book is strongly recommended." —Stewart Gable, MD Chairman, Department of Psychiatry The Children’s Hospital, Denver, Colorado You supported and encouraged them as they grew from toddlers to teens. Now you are confronted with one of the toughest challenges you and they will ever face … teenage depression. Adolescence is a period of peaks and valleys. Most teens negotiate these years with relative ease; yet for some these times are treacherous with countless pitfalls. When depression ensues, it can interfere with much of your child’s potential. Clinical depression is now epidemic among American teens, and teen suicide can be a deadly consequence. Helping Your Depressed Teenager is a practical guide offering family solutions to a family problem. This book will sensitize you to the hidden struggles of adolescents and assist you in understanding their multifaceted problems.

Lonely, Sad and Angry
by Barbara D., Phd Ingersoll, Sam, Phd Goldstein, Sam Goldstein Ph.D., Barbara D. Ingersoll Ph.D.
Here is a source of accurate and up-to-date information about depression and depressive disorders in children and adolescents. Parents are at the front line in recognizing signs of depression and anger in their children. This book will give parents the tools to identify when their child is troubled and how to go about finding the right help. Information on psychological treatments, medications, and family relationships will provide the knowledge all parents need to help their unhappy child.

The Depressed Child: A Parent's Guide for Rescuing Kids
by Douglas A., Dr. Riley
From Publishers Weekly: Clinical psychologist Riley (The Defiant Child) tackles a difficult subject with aplomb in this keenly insightful guide for parents. "For children and adolescents, the depressive state makes them feel like astronauts whose tethers have been cut, and they are drifting in space," he writes. He not only explains how to identify the symptoms of depression and the "negative beliefs" "no one will ever like me," "I am made of inferior stuff," "death is an option," and so on that are so often at its core, but also provides tools for what he terms "Planning the Rescue Mission." Ten brief but thorough chapters cover the most common negative beliefs that trigger depression and such companion problems as substance abuse, prematurely intense relationships (what he calls "miniature marriages") that blindside adolescents when they come to an end, and suicide. Riley illustrates each point with case studies that offer readers a chance to learn from his dialogues with his patients. He suggests strategies for everything from closing "the physical distance between you and your child" in order to soothe and encourage them, to some particular lines of questioning for uncovering negative beliefs, to the crucial, often overlooked act of listening ("your ears cannot be fully open until your mouth is fully shut"). He also discusses when to seek professional help and how to step in swiftly and effectively in the case of a suicidal child. Riley's advice is commonsensical and sound, and the concrete tools he offers in this slim, practical volume provide a lifeline to parents of any child struggling with depression.

When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens
by Bev Cobain, Elizabeth Verdick (Editor), Jeff Tolbert (Illustrator)
A guide to understanding and coping with depression, discussing the different types, how and why the condition begins, how it may be linked to substance abuse or suicide, and how to get help.

Teens & Depression (Other America)
by Theodore E. Roseen (Illustrator), Gail B. Stewart
Text and first-person accounts present the experiences of teenagers who have coped with and tried to overcome depression.

Teens, Depression, and the Blues: A Hot Issue (Hot Issues)
by Kathleen Winkler
From School Library Journal: Grade 7 Up-Brief chronicles of two teenage girls suffering from depression are the hook used to draw readers into this book. The six chapters define depression and related disorders, their causes, symptoms, and treatments. The colorful, upbeat format will appeal to reluctant readers. Boxed sidebars appear throughout; some reiterate important facts from the text while others seem superfluous. The full-color photos include shots of comedian Drew Carey, Kurt Cobain with his band Nirvana, and Tipper Gore on 60 Minutes. The list for further reading, chapter notes, and Web sites are all up-to-date and are evidence of a well-researched book. This lively presentation of a rather bleak subject will be a welcome addition to most libraries.
Marilyn Fairbanks, Azure IRC, Brockton High School, MA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Teen Depression (Teen Issues)
by Lisa Wolff (Editor)
Discusses the nature, possible causes, special problems, and both conventional and alternative treatments of depression.

Overcoming Teen Depression: A Guide for Parents (Issues in Parenting)
by Miriam Kaufman
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.

Understanding Teenage Depression: A Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management
by Maureen Empfield, Nicholas Bakalar, Nick Bakalar
Each year, thousands of American teenagers are diagnosed with clinical depression. If ignored or poorly treated, it can be a devastating illness for adolescents and their families. Drawing on her many years of experience as a psychiatrist working with teenagers, Dr. Maureen Empfield answers the questions parents and teens have about depression.

Helping Students Overcome Depression and Anxiety: A Practical Guide
by Kenneth W. Merrell
Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City. Provides strategies for addressing problems having lasting and severe consequences for children and adolescents. Discusses the nature, development, and course of childhood depression and an assessment model is outlined. Includes reproducible worksheets. Softcover.

Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America: A Memoir
by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Elizabeth Wertzel writes with her finger in the faint pulse of a generation whose ruling icons are Kurt Cobain, Xanax, and pierced tongues. A memoir of her bouts with depression and skirmishes with drugs, Prozac Nation still manages to be a witty and sharp account of the psychopharmacology of an era. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Healing Anxiety and Depression: The Revolutionary Brain-Based Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of Anxiety and Depression
by Daniel G. Amen, Lisa C. Routh
Daniel G. Amen, M.D., has pioneered the clinical use of brain SPECT imaging (one of medicine's most sophisticated functional brain-imaging studies) in psychiatry. The Amen Clinics' signature brain scans have discovered that the illnesses of anxiety and depression are, in large part, the result of brain dysfunction. Additionally, they have determined that not only do anxiety and depression often occur together, here are seven distinct types of the disorders.

Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You
by Richard O'Connor, Richard O'Conner
For some people, depression has been a part of their experience for so long that they've begun to believe it's what they are. They become experts at "doing" depression--hiding it, working around it, even achieving great things (but at the price of great struggle, and little satisfaction). In this book, psychotherapist Richard O'Conner shows us how to "undo" depression, by replacing depressive patterns of thinking, relating, and behaving with a new and more effective set of skills. With a truly holistic approach that synthesizes the best of the many schools of thought about this painful disease, O'Conner offers new hope--and new life--for depressives.

Unmasking Male Depression
by Archibald D. Hart
Depression is a secret pain at the core of many men's lives, and one that goes largely undiagnosed and untreated. The consequences of not treating male depression are extremely serious. Studies show that suicide is more common in men than women, and tha the male suicide rate is three times higher at midlife than at any other life stage. In Unmasking Male Depression, Dr. Archibald Hart explores the many forms of depression and gives tools for coping with and healing depression in men. Hart also examines the lives of Christian leaders who struggled with depression, such as Charles Spurgeon, Martin Luther, and John Calvin, to reveal the myths surrounding this illness.

Unveiling Depression in Women: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Depression
by Archibald, Phd Hart, Catherine Hart, Phd Weber
Almost every woman in America has either suffered from depression or knows a close friend or family member who has. Depression in women is an epidemic, and it's frustrating particularly for believers who are told that Christians shouldn't feel depressed. What is a biblical perspective on depression? What causes it in women? How do we treat it?

Feeling Good : The New Mood Therapy
by David D. Burns
The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other "black holes" of depression can be cured without drugs.In FEELING GOOD, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Now, in this updated edition, Dr. Burns adds an ALL-NEW CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness
by Daniel G. Amen
In this breakthrough bestseller, you'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You're not stuck with the brain you're born with. Here are just a few of neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen's surprising--and effective--"brain prescriptions" that can help heal your brain and change your life.

An Unquiet Mind
by Kay Redfield Jamison
From a leading international authority on manic-depressive illness--and one of only a handful of women who are full professors of medicine--comes a remarkable personal testimony: the revelation of her own struggle since childhood with manic-depression, and how it has shaped her life.

Breaking the Patterns of Depression
by Michael D. Yapko
Twenty to thirty million Americans suffer from some form of diagnosable depression, and their ranks are growing. Psychologist Michael D. Yapko explains that in order to find relief, more than the current episode of depression must be examined. In Breaking the Patterns of Depression, he presents skills that enable readers to understand and ultimately avert depression's recurring cycles. Focusing on future prevention as well as initial treatment, the book includes over one hundred structured activities to help sufferers learn the skills necessary to become and remain depression-free.

The Feeling Good Handbook
by David D. Burns
Dr. David Burns is one of the prime developers of cognitive therapy, a fast-acting, drug-free treatment for designed to help the clinically depressed. In The Feeling Good Handbook, he adapts cognitive therapy to deal with the wide range of everyday problems that plague so many (chronic nervousness, panic attacks, phobias, and feelings of stress, guilt, or inferiority). The Feeling Good Handbook teaches how to remove the mental obstacles that bar you from success--from test anxiety and fear of public speaking to procrastination and self-doubt.

What to Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed
by Mitch Golant, Susan K. Golant
This book is directed toward the caregiver or "strengthened ally" of any of the more than seventeen million Americans who suffer from this common but often misunderstood affliction. Woven throughout are the personal experiences of Mitch Golant, who spent most of his childhood with a mother who was seriously depressed, an experience that not only catapulted him into his work as a clinical psychologist, but also informs this book with a tone of compassionate understanding.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse
by Zindel V. Segal (Author), J. Mark G. Williams (Author), John D. Teasdale (Author)
Presents an innovative eight-session program clinically proven to bolster recovery from depression and prevent relapse. Integrates cognitive therapy principles and practice into a mindful framework. For clinicians.

How to Heal Depression
by Harold H. Bloomfield, Peter McWilliams (Contributor), Melba Colgrove (Contributor)
From Ingram: The first companion to the eighteen-year bestseller, How to Survive the Loss of a Love, this clear, simply-written program explains what depression is, what causes it, and what the most effective treatments are. 3 cassettes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Essential Psychopharmacology of Depression and Bipolar Disorder
by Stephen M. Stahl (Author), Nancy Muntner
Essential Psychopharmacology has established itself as the preeminent source of information in its field, and this book draws on the second edition to provide a resource for all clinicians involved in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. Stressing the basic neuroscience of the mood disorders, the fully updated text and color illustrations enable readers to understand how the various antidepressants and mood stabilizers work in their patients. It contains new information on the pharmacokinetics of antidepressants, including the role of the cytochrome P450 enzyme system and neuropeptides including substance P. The mechanisms of action of newer antidepressants, including the latest SSRIs, are prominently and authoritatively reviewed. Psychiatrists, primary care physicians and mental health professionals can depend on this book for an up-to-date account of the psychopharmacology of mood disorders, and for essential information in planning treatment approaches.

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