Helping teens deal with depression.
"Once you've been through it and you're able to get out of it, then you can handle pretty much anything."
- Caroline, age 19
Written to be read by teens themselves, My Kind of Sad lays out the facts on moodiness, depression, and the stresses of teenaged life. From the factors affecting how kids feel to the signs of serious depression, the book explores youth-specific mental health issues and offers teens expert advice on how to find help for themselves or help a friend in need.
To help kids differentiate between general worries and something more serious, the topics include:
Along with constructive guidance from professionals and stats from the latest studies, the book shares thoughts and feelings from teens who have experienced different forms of depression. Complete with pages of resources to help learn more, My Kind of Sad is a valuable ally in the battle against hopelessness.
Kate Scowen has worked with youth for over 15 years in both residential and community-based programs, including the Toronto Children's Aid Society. She interviewed youth and compiled their stories for My Crazy Life: How I Survived My Family. Kate works in Toronto as a consultant and writer.
Dr. Marshall Korenblum, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), is Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Toronto's Hincks-Dellcrest Centre for Children, former Director of Postgraduate Education for the Division of Child Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
Well-written, easy to read and use, and quite informative... It is highly recommended for school and public libraries.
An in-depth look at what depression is and how it affects young people... Parents will want to use this book as a starting point for more detailed discussion.
A chatty, informative, up-to-date resource on a disturbing subject... Teens won't find a quick fix here, just realistic advice -- especially about seeking help.
It's depressing to think that kids need a book on depression, but there are plenty of statistics to show that it's so. Whether you're concerned about your child, or you child is concerned about a friend, this accessible little volume may be just the thing to get a conversation going.