Coping with Depression in Young People: A Guide for Parents
1. What is depression?
What depression feels like.
How common is depression in young people?
Causes of depression.
Is depression in young people more common now than in the past?
What happens to young people with depression?
2. How to recognise depression in young people.
Which young people are most likely to get depressed?
Changes in mood and behaviour.
3. Depression in young people who already have difficulties.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
4. Could it be due to something else?
Is it due to alcohol?
Could it be due to drugs?
A serious physical illness.
Bipolar affective disorder (manic depressive disorder).
5. Getting help.
Talking to others who know your child.
Help within the family.
Finding out what help is available.
Child and adolescent mental health services.
Communicating with your teenager about the need for further help.
Approaching your depressed child.
6. Treatment of depression.
Therapeutic help for the young person.
Day treatment programmes.
How long does it take?
7. What can parents do?
Supporting your teenager.
Dealing with discipline and conflict.
Keeping yourself going.
Helping your other children to cope.
Tackling family problems.
Conflicting advice from family members/friends.
What parents can’t do.
8. Suicide and self-harm.
Some myths about suicide.
Are there warning signs?
What to do if you suspect your young person is suicidal.
Coping with suicide attempts.
Dealing with discipline after a suicide attempt.
Dealing with self-cutting behaviour.
Suicide and alcohol.
9. Dealing with common problems.
Depression and school.
Depression and exams.
He won’t go for help.
Anger and aggression.
Depression and bullying.
10. Learning from young people who have recovered from depression.
The Working Things Out study.
What it felt like when they were depressed.
What they thought had caused them to feel the way they did.
What they thought had helped them to get through their difficult times.
11. Depression – what does the future hold?
‘Good effects’ of depression?
The brain and depression – current research.
The future and your child.
Dr John Sharry is Principal Social Worker at the Mater
Hospital and is a Director of The Brief Therapy Group in Dublin. He
is the author of four self-help books for parents, including Parent
Power: Bringing up Responsible Children and Teenagers (John Wiley
& Sons, 2003) and When Parents Separate: Helping Children Cope
(Veritas, 2001). He is also the author of three psychotherapy
books: Solution-focused Groupwork (Sage, 2001), Becoming a Solution
Detective: A strengths-based Guide to Brief Therapy (BT Press,
2001) and the forthcoming Counselling Children, Adolescents and
Families (Sage, 2004).
Both authors are experienced clinicians who have worked with many young people and their families coping with depression. They are joint authors of The Parents Plus Programmes, video-based courses for parents coping with a variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties in their children and teenagers, which are widely used in the UK and Ireland. See www.parentsplus.ie
"...concise ...useful to anyone working with children and young people experiencing depression..." (Child Right, May 2004)
“The strength of the book lies in it accessible style and numerous practical suggestions.” (Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Vol.10, No.2, May 2005)