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So Young, So Sad, So Listen
A Parents' Guide to Depression in Children and Young People

3rd Edition

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  • Authors:
  • Philip Graham, Institute of Child Health, University College London
  • Nick Midgley, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and University College London
  • Date Published: August 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781911623564

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  • Has your daughter lost her sparkle? Has everyday life become a trial for your son? This book, written by two experts in child and adolescent mental health, describes how to recognise depression and what causes it; and provides guidance on how parents can support their child, including up-to-date advice on seeking professional help. It gives advice on how to tell the difference between normal responses to stress and symptoms that are more concerning. It covers topical issues such as academic pressure, social media, getting a grip on screen time and cyber-bullying. You will also be given information about the different treatment options provided by child and adolescent mental health services, as well as practical advice and information about the support you can give at home.

    • Written by experts in child and adolescent mental health, this book provides advice parents can have confidence in
    • Contains updated information on new influences on a child's mental health, such as social media and cyber bullying
    • Provides up to date advice on where parents can seek professional support, and details what the mental health services can provide for young people with depression
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This a great new edition of this book on the topic of depression in children and adolescents. The authors have brought the content right up to date and the drawings are a very valuable asset in seeing the possible impact of depression on parents and children. This is a must read on this complex and sensitive topic and is easily the best parent guide on childhood depression I have seen.' Ian Goodyer, Professor Emeritus of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

    'I am grateful to the authors for updating and revising this beautiful little book. I have recommended this book to parents and professionals alike for over 20 years now and will continue to do so! It is a quick, easy to read, authoritative and informative book. This book will surely assist us all, in the crucial quest for earlier, more effective, quicker support for our children and young people who are distressed or depressed.' Raphael Kelvin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, MindEd Consortium Lead, UK

    'In my opinion this is an excellent book which hits exactly the right note in relation to acknowledging the severity of the problem for the individual and for the family at the same time as giving hope through understanding and clarity of recommendations. It is never simplistic and does not skirt around the complexity, at the same time the reader is never lost and the voice of the authors come across through and with the young people whose experiences are detailed with the clarity of google maps. The authors are serious academics, but approach this weighty subject with an enviable lightness of touch. Parents and particularly young people who are experiencing mild, moderate, or severe depression will find answers to practical as well as complex questions in these pages. It is simply the best book there is for and about young people with the experience of depression. It should also be read by any professional working with this group for important lessons about how to talk to someone simply, but meaningfully who present with a diagnosis of depression. The best recommendation I can give is that I wish I had this book when I was 17.' Peter Fonagy, Professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science, University College London

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781911623564
    • length: 90 pages
    • copublisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 5 mm
    • weight: 0.18kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. How Can You Know If Your Child is Depressed?
    2. Understanding Depression in Children and Young People
    3. What Parents Can Do to Help Build a Child's Resilience and Resistance to Depression
    4. Helping Children Cope with Common Stresses: What Parents Can Do
    5. When a Child is Depressed: What Parents Can Do
    6. Getting Professional Help: A Guide to Services for Children and Young People with Depression
    7. Last Words – From a Parent
    8. Message to Governments
    Useful Resources and Further Reading

  • Authors

    Philip Graham, Institute of Child Health, University College London
    Philip Graham is Emeritus Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Institute of Child Health, University College, London. He was a Consultant Child Psychiatrist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. He is the author of several books, including The End of Adolescence (2004). He is also a governor of a secondary school in North London.

    Nick Midgley, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and University College London
    Nick Midgley is Co-Director of the Child Attachment and Psychological Therapies Research Unit at the Anna Freud Centre, London, and an Associate Professor at University College London. As well as working clinically with children and young people, he was a lead researcher on the IMPACT study, one of the largest research studies carried out in the UK to examine the effectiveness of talking therapies for young people with depression.

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