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Rescuing Your Teenager from Depression


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Norman T. Berlinger, M.D., Ph.D., is a bioethicist and a pathologist, following a distinguished career as a surgeon. He writes on health issues and has been published in Discover, the New York Times, Men's Health, and elsewhere. He lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota.


Books on teens and depression continue to be churned out, alerting parents to the fact that adolescent depression may masquerade as surliness or drug use, telling them about the choices in medication and therapy, and warning about the dangers of suicide. Rescuing fits in this mold, as it tells how Berlinger, a bioethicist and pathologist, became a "parental partner" in his son's struggle with depression. He emphasizes the scary reality that there aren't enough adolescent psychologists and psychiatrists in the country to treat all of our troubled kids, so parents must often provide most of the help and guidance for their child. His reassuring tone and realistic presentation of the ups and downs of dealing with a mentally ill teenager is indeed reassuring. If your library needs material on this topic, this is one of several good choices (see also Miriam Kaufman's Overcoming Teen Depression: A Guide for Parents and Francis Mark Mondimore's Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents). Therapist Machoian builds on the body of research that inspired Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia, arguing that the supposed "silencing" of girls that occurs at puberty leads to clinical depression. However, the only evidence she offers are interviews with girls, so readers have no way of knowing whether the information is the result of editing or unconscious leading on the part of the therapist. Besides crafts projects (e.g., make a collage to express one's identity), Machoian doesn't offer much concrete advice on how to help depressed girls. This is definitely not the best book for concerned parents; Pipher writes more eloquently. A marginal purchase for libraries.-Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"[In this book], parents have the information, the inspiration, and the wisdom they need to help their children."--Henry C. Emmons, M.D., psychiatrist, consultant, speaker, and author
"A powerful, compassionate, and helpful book."--Daniel Amen, M.D., director, Amen Clinics, Inc., and author of Healing Anxiety and Depression
"I know I can't change the past, but God willing I believe this book can help change someone else's future."--Lisa Leathers, parent

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