Author(s): Shirley Reynolds
Depression is one of the most common mental health problems and is estimated to affect around 15% of people at some point during their life. For many people depression is a life-long disorder which starts during the teenage years -around 10% of teenagers are estimated to have an episode of depression and many more experience persistent low mood. This accessible companion book to Am I Depressed and What Can I do About it? follows essentially the same structure and makes use of the same case studies, but looks at the issues from the parents' point of view, and incorporates additional strategies for parents. From 'what to look out for', through what the evidence says about different forms of treatment, to family communication and relapse prevention. Each section includes troubleshooting boxes.
An indispensable guide for parents of a depressed teenager
Professor Shirley Reynolds is the Director of the Charlie Waller Institute at the University of Reading, where she conducts research into depression in young people. She is involved in the IMPACT treatment trial, which has recruited over 450 young people with depression. She is also past President of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and has recently co-edited the 3rd edition of CBT for Children and Families. Dr Monika Parkinson works clinically with children, young people and families at the University of Reading and for the NHS, as well as in private practice. She has been involved in several large treatment research trials aimed at investigating enhanced outcomes for child mental health problems. These roles have involved direct clinical work with families, supervision of mental health practitioners and providing teaching and training to varied audiences.