Recovering from Depression: A Workbook for Teens, Revised Edition

Authors: Mary Ellen Copeland, Stuart Copans

Format: Paperback, 208 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781557665928
Price: $29.95

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Do you know...The warning signs of adolescent depression? The best ways to respond to a teen considering suicide?

With suicide as the third leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 24*, school administrators, guidance counselors, and psychologists must understand—and know how to address—adolescent depression. This workbook is the lifeline they need! Counselors can use it in their work with teens, who'll use the surveys, checklists, practical tips, fill-in-the-blanks, and brainstorming activities to recognize depression in themselves, learn what they can do to feel better, and build a safety plan to stay well. And all education professionals can work through the book to increase their knowledge of the symptoms, causes, treatments, and effects of depression. Recovering from depression is possible—and this interactive workbook guides and supports both teens and the professionals who help them on the journey.

This revised edition is packed with tips and activities on

  • dealing with suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • changing negative thought patterns to positive ones
  • reaching out to friends and supporters
  • avoiding substance abuse
  • solving problems constructively
  • recognizing and avoiding "triggers" of depression

*American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2001


Review: Atlanta Parent
"Book description in issue. Date unknown."
Review by: Jackie Stinton, Centre for Suicide Prevention
"Portrays constructive steps to great emotional well-being . . . a useful, practical, and teen-respecting book."
Review by: Charlotte Ryan, St. Cloud University
"A high-quality book well planned for its audience. . . . Could be especially useful as an individual educational support or to serve as a focus for therapeutic group discussion."
Review: Center for Suicide Prevention, Suicide Information and Education Collection
"Useful, practical and teen-respecting book on teenage depression, beneficial for the mild to moderately depressed teen, for parents wanting to understand teen depression, and as an adjunct to professional counseling. Facilitating and encouraging the emotional wellbeing of a young person caught in depression is an endeavour we all need to be invested in. This book will help in that investment."
Review: School Nurse News
"This interactive workbook guides and supports both teens and the professionals who help them on the journey to better health."

Table of Contents

About the Authors

I. Getting Started
  1. Am I Depressed?
  2. Getting Help
  3. Suicide Prevention
  4. Helping Myself Feel Better Right Away
  5. Using the Rest of this Book
II. Things I Need to Know About My Physical and Emotional Health
  1. Understanding Depression
  2. Getting Good Health Care
  3. Medication
III. Things I Can Do to Help Myself Feel Better
  1. Friends and Supporters
  2. Avoiding Substance Abuse
  3. When Bad Things Happen
  4. Diet, Light, Exercise, and Sleep
  5. Helping Myself Relax
  6. Peer Counseling
  7. Creative Activities
IV. Things I Can Do to Maintain a Positive Outlook Over the Long Term
  1. Raising Self-Esteem
  2. Changing Negative Thoughts to Positive Ones
V. Building an Ongoing Recovery and Safety Plan
  1. Wellness Tools
  2. Monitoring My Moods and Preventing Depression
  3. Developing a Safety Plan
  4. Managing Medications
  5. Avoiding Relapse
  6. Dreams and Goals
Appendix A: If a Friend Is Depressed
Appendix B: Information for Parents
Appendix C: Important Telephone Numbers
Appendix D: Information for a Friend

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