Friday, September 6, 2013

Depression and Your Child: A Guide For Parents and Caregivers

Depression and Your Child: A Guide For Parents and Caregivers
by Deborah Serani
242 Pages
Self-Help; Parenting

Seeing your child suffer in any way is a harrowing experience for any parent. Mental illness in children can be particularly draining due to the mystery surrounding it, and the issue of diagnosis at such a tender age. Depression and Your Child gives parents and caregivers a uniquely textured understanding of pediatric depression, its causes, its symptoms, and its treatments. Author Deborah Serani weaves her own personal experiences of being a depressed child along with her clinical experiences as a psychologist treating depressed children. 

Current research, treatments and trends are presented in easy to understand language and tough subjects like self-harm, suicide and recovery plans are addressed with supportive direction. Parents will learn tips on how to discipline a depressed child, what to expect from traditional treatments like psychotherapy and medication, how to use holistic methods to address depression, how to avoid caregiver burnout, and how to move through the trauma of diagnosis and plan for the future.

Real life cases highlight the issues addressed in each chapter and resources and a glossary help to further understanding for those seeking additional information. Parents and caregivers are sure to find here a reassuring approach to childhood depression that highlights the needs of the child even while it emphasizes the need for caregivers to care for themselves and other family members as well.

First Line:
When you held your child for the very first time, you were likely brimming with pride and joy.

My Thoughts:
I haven't been doing a great job blogging about the books I've been reading, let along accepting invitations to review books.  Mostly because I've been super busy being a mom to 6 amazing kids and trying to keep my life and their lives organized and functioning.  Of my six, three of my kiddo's came from other homes.  Two of them suffer from PTSD, with anxiety and depression (they are 5 and 4).  When I received an email to review this book, I knew I wanted to read it to gain more knowledge on what troubles my kiddo's.  This book was easy to read and helped me to better understand those who suffer from depression.  It provides the reader with real case studies to read and ponder and gives suggestions on how to help, support and cope as a parent of a child with depression.  I am so glad I read this book and am grateful for the knowledge it has given me to help my own children work through their hard times.  

Favorite Quote:
"Depression is an experience of depletion." pg. 59

"Research shows that our moods are affected the most by what we take in through our senses.  What we see, smell, taste, touch, and hear activate every cell of our being, setting into motion a series of neural cause and effects.  And it's not a linear, one-domino-touches-another-and-the-another kind of experience.  Our sensory system, a collective tour de force of cell receptors, firing neurons, and surging chemistry, gives way for emotions and thoughts to be born.  And this complex symphony creates the human experience." pg. 59

About the Author:
Dr. Deborah Serani is a go-to media expert on a variety of psychological issues. Her interviews can be found in ABC News, Newsday, Womens Health & Fitness, The Chicago Tribune, The Associated Press, and affiliate radio station programs at CBS and NPR, just to name a few. She is a ShareCare Expert for Dr. Oz, writes for Psychology Today, helms the "Ask the Therapist" column for Esperanza Magazine and has worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. A licensed psychologist in practice over twenty years, Serani is also an adjunct professor at Adelphi University teaching courses in clinical disorders and treatment and is the author of the award-winning book “Living with Depression.”

Read more about her here.

**Much thanks to the author and Pump Up Your Book! for allowing me to review this book.

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