The Depressed Child

By Douglas A. Riley

Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

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The Depressed Child: A Parent’s Guide for Rescuing Kids

By emphasizing how parents can talk to their children about thoughts and feelings, exploring how children develop negative beliefs about themselves, and teaching parents how to help their children change those hopeless self-perceptions, this book outlines practical methods that parents and children together can use to find solutions to the dark thoughts that plague so many young people today.

This is a must-have book for any parent with a depressed child or teen.

“For children and adolescents, the depressive state makes them feel like astronauts whose tethers have been cut, and they are drifting in space,” the author writes in this interesting book. He not only explains how to identify the symptoms of depression and the “negative beliefs” “no one will ever like me,” “I am made of inferior stuff,” “death is an option,” and so on that are so often at its core, but also provides tools for what he terms “Planning the Rescue Mission.”

As Publisher’s Weekly notes, ten brief but thorough chapters cover the most common negative beliefs that trigger depression and such companion problems as substance abuse, prematurely intense relationships (what he calls “miniature marriages”) that blindside adolescents when they come to an end, and suicide. Riley illustrates each point with case studies that offer readers a chance to learn from his dialogues with his patients. He suggests strategies for everything from closing “the physical distance between you and your child” in order to soothe and encourage them, to some particular lines of questioning for uncovering negative beliefs, to the crucial, often overlooked act of listening (“your ears cannot be fully open until your mouth is fully shut”).

Softcover, 208 pages.

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APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2005). The Depressed Child. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/depressed-child/0001454
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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Jan 2013
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