[Review] Depression And Your Child: A Guide For Parents And Caregivers by Deborah Serani
Author: Deborah Serani
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. September 5, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction, mental health, children, caregiver.
Theme: Caring for children who have mental health issues.
Source: Free copy from Pump Up Your Books for the purpose of review.
"Statistics show 4% of preschool aged children, 5% school aged children, and 11% of adolescents have major depression." "Even babies can have depression." These are sobering results for parents who have a child they suspect maybe depressed. To ignore or hide from their child's depression will not make the problem go away, instead the depression will become worse. Author Deborah Serani explains her own experience with depression, from early adolescence through adulthood. Being transparent about her own life gave an intimacy to the book. Parents that have a child with depression or they suspect has depression, are desperate to have hope that something can be done and that there is hope for the future. Depression and Your Child is a step by step approach to understanding and treating depression and bi-polar. Included is a list of excellent resources for further reading and research, a lengthy list of "high-profile people that have depression or bi-polar, and a medication side effect check list for children and adolescents".
This is an excellent book for a counseling office, parent, or a caregiver for a child with bi-polar or depression.
I felt Deborah Serani was both thoughtful and kind in her approach and teaching. An added benefit is Serani's own experience with depression.
"Holistic approaches to depression" is included, "self-harm and suicide", "defining and diagnosis".
On page 15 of the book Serani explains how introverts are sometimes thought to be depressed. I can relate to this as I am very much an introvert. "Introverts require a certain amount of quietness in their life. Introverted children expend a lot of energy being with others, which can leave them feeling tired and setting them into meltdown mode, which can look like depression."
What I was shocked to find out about people who have depression is it can affect other sensory. Light and smell and taste and touch can all become dull. Treating sensory issues can be helped through holistic measures.
One of the last chapters is on the stigma that parents face because they have a child with depression.