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Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents 2ed

by Francis Mark Mondimore and Patrick Kelly Johns Hopkins University Press
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In Adolescent Depression, psychiatrists Francis Mark Mondimore, MD, and Patrick Kelly, MD, explain that serious depression in adolescents goes beyond 'moodiness.' Depression is in fact an illness one that can be effectively treated. The authors describe the many forms of depression and the many symptoms of depression in young people from sadness to irritability, self-harm, drug and alcohol abuse, and violent rages.

Incorporating the latest research from the field of adolescent depression, this comprehensive and compassionate guide answers questions that many parents have, including:
-What are the symptoms of depression in teenagers?
- How is depression diagnosed?
- What is the difference between depression and bipolar disorder, and which does my child have?
- How can I find the best mental health professional team for my child?
- What kinds of counseling and psychotherapy are available?
- Are medications safe, and how does a doctor choose a medication for my child?
What can I do if my adolescent is using alcohol, crystal meth, marijuana, or other substances?
- How do autism and Aspergers syndrome, eating disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, ADHD, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder interact with depression?
- What should I do if I sense that my child is in danger?
- With all of this going on, how can I take care of myself?

Part I
1. Depression
Normal and Abnormal Moods
The Symptom of Depression
The Syndrome of Depression
Associated Symptoms of Depression
Mood Disorders
The Chemistry of Mood
2. Normal Adolescence and Depression in Adolescence
More on Symptoms
More on Adolescence
When Is Depression "Serious"?
3. The Mood Disorders of Adolescence
Psychiatric Diagnosis
Major Depressive Disorder
Dysthymic Disorder
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Controversies Surrounding Bipolar Affective Disorder in Children
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
More on Diagnosis
The Importance of Treatment
4. Mood Disorders
What Is the DSM?
A Multiaxial Diagnostic System
Mood Disorder Categories in the DSM
Controversies in the Use of the DSM
Part II
5. Medication Issues in Adolescence
Pharmaceuticals and the FDA
Dose Adjustments and Other Differences for Young People
How Psychiatric Medications Work
6. Antidepressant Medications
Tricyclic Antidepressants
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
Other, New, Antidepressants
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
Antidepressant Therapy
7. Mood-Stabilizing Medications
Valproate (Depakote)
Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
Lamotrigine (Lamictal)
Other Mood Stabilizers
What Do Mood Stabilizers Treat?
Why, and How, to Use Mood Stabilizers in Depression
8. Other Medications and Treatments
Antipsychotic Medications
St. John's Wort
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Fish Oil
"Medical" Marijuana
Electroconvulsive Therapy
Other New Treatments
9. Counseling and Psychotherapy
The "Biology-Psychology" Split in Psychiatry
Is Psychotherapy Alone Sufficient?
Is Psychotherapy Always Necessary?
Matching the Psychotherapy to the Patient
Choosing a Therapy and a Therapist
The Psychiatrist-Psychotherapist
Part III
10. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
What Is ADHD?
Treatment Issues
Mood Disorders and ADHD
Other Medications
Treatment for Your Child
11. Autism, Asperger's, and Related Disorders
Symptoms of Autism
Autism versus Asperger's Syndrome
Autism and Mood Disorders
Approaches to Treatment of the Child Who Has Autism
12. Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Adolescent Substance Abuse
Alcohol Abuse
Marijuana Abuse
Amphetamines (Crystal Meth, Ecstasy, and "Club Drugs")
Mood Disorders and Substance Abuse
Treatment Issues
13. Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa
Understanding Eating Disorders
Mood Disorders and Eating Disorders
14. "Cutting" and Other Self-Harming Behaviors
Adolescent Suicide
15. The Genetics of Mood Disorders
Genes, Chromosomes, and DNA
Genetic Diseases
What We Know
The Search Continues
Part IV
16. Strategies for Successful Treatment
Diagnosis, Diagnosis, Diagnosis
Choosing the Treatment Team
Eliminating Pathological Influences
17. The Role of the Family
Recognizing Symptoms
Getting Involved in Treatment
Safety Issues
Arranging Hospitalization and Involuntary Treatment
Getting the Support You Need
18. Planning for Emergencies
Know Whom to Call for Help
Insurance Issues
More on Safety
19. Looking Ahead
Suggested Reading
Support and Advocacy Organizations
Internet Resources

"The book is comprehensive and thorough at almost 400 pages, providing a wealth of information on depression and its relevance to this vulnerable group."

Francis Mark Mondimore, M.D., is a psychiatrist on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Mood Disorders Clinic at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. His books include Borderline Personality Disorder: New Reasons for Hope; Depression, the Mood Disease; and Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents, all published by Johns Hopkins.