Depression in young people is a difficult problem to deal with. Parents often feel at a loss as to how to help and fear greatly what might happen. This book is written in response to parents requests for reading material to help them understand their young person who is suffering from depression, to show them what they can do to help, and to enable them and all the family survive and come through what can be a very difficult situation. The book deals with the special concerns parents often have, including concerns about self-harm, alcohol and drug overuse and suicide, explaining when and how to get professional help and the treatment approaches used.
Dr John Sharry is a social worker and psychotherapist and the author of six self-help books for parents and families, including Parenting Preschoolers and Young Children, Bringing Up Responsible Teenagers and When Parents Separate: Helping Your Children Cope (Veritas 2005, 2001, 2001). John is also is co-developer of the award winning Parents Plus Programmes dvd-based parenting courses, which are used extensively in mental health services throughout Ireland and the UK.
Clearly and authoritatively written by two experts in the area, clinicians who work with depressed children and adolescents should routinely recommend that parents read this excellent book.
- Professor Alan Carr, University College Dublin
...a guide for parents, a book long overdue and one which will be of enormous help.
The strength of the book lies in it accessible style and numerous practical suggestions.
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health