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If Your Adolescent Has Depression: An Essential Resource for Parents

Cover of "If Your Adolescent Has Depression" The authoritative guide to understanding and helping a teenager with depression.

While coping with teenage moodiness can be difficult under any circumstances, it can be especially challenging if a teenager has a serious mood disorder. This concise, readable book is the definitive guide to understanding and getting effective help for adolescents with depression, designed for parents and other adults in contact with afflicted teens. It combines the most current scientific expertise available today–including the newest treatments and medications and the latest research findings on depression–with no-nonsense, hands-on advice from parents who have faced this mood disorder in their own children.

Among other topics, the book addresses the roots of depression, red flags to look out for, treatment options for young people, and practical strategies for helping a teen cope at home and at school. It concludes on a hopeful note, by reviewing the latest scientific evidence on treating depression. A growing body of research now shows that early diagnosis and treatment of depression may reduce the severity of the disease, both now and in the future. Including chapters on sex, drugs, and social media, and life after high school, this book will provide the information and tools parents need to help adolescents achieve the best possible outcome.

New to this Edition:

  • Fully revised and expanded edition on adolescent depression.
  • Discusses the newest diagnostic criteria provided in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
  • Includes coverage of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on depression.


  • Dwight L. Evans
  • Moira A. Rynn
  • Katherine Ellison