Anyone who has ever been close to a seriously depressed child has undoubtedly been affected by the youngster's vulnerability, misery, and pain. Indeed, it is much like caring for a child who is in physical pain. For the child in the depths of depression, no activity is fun, nothing can be enjoyed, and no one can provide enough consolation or comfort. At times, the youngster may cry or whimper. There may be fits of defiance or rage and sometimes withdrawal into a numb, sullen silence. A child in this state tries the patience of parents and siblings. Remedies of every sort are tried, including gifts, punishments, bribes, lectures, pleading, and a host of others. Such efforts occasionally provide temporary relief, but more often they seem to make matters worse. Commonly, there is an emotional wall of anger and frustration between a depressed child and other fumily members that may inevitably lead to further isolation and withdrawal. If too much time passes without their being helped, many depressed children and adolescents come to believe that suicide offers the only real relief for their pain. Currently, there is a Depression Awareness Week that includes free screening at participating health and mental health settings around the United States and is designed to identify depression in adults, suggesting that society's awareness of depression and psychiatric disorders is focused to a large extent on adults.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 620
Weight: 961 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 32 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 199
`The editors should be commeneded for inviting and coordinating the efforts of such distinguished figures in the field; nearly every major name in the field is present...every professional interesed in the mental health of children...will be eager to acquire this book.'
`A useful compilation of diverse perspectives and findings on a topic that has only recently begun to attract attention and study that it merits. Clinicians, researchers, and teachers are likely to find in it both familiar territory as well as opportunities for exploration of new topics.'
Child & Family Behavior Therapy