Depression by Judith Peacock, Jackie Casey

Depression – How to recognize it, where to get help is a book written by Judith Peacock and Jackie Casey whose view on adolescent depression is based on the belief that little research has been done on the safety and effectiveness of antidepressants for children and teens. Their books Depression addresses teenage depression and associated conditions, such as anger, stress, eating disorders, suicide, panic disorder, ADD (attention deficit disorder) or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and other types of depression.

These two authors have published a series of books on depression Perspectives on Mental Health which includes the following titles:

  • Anger Management,
  • Anorexia,
  • Bipolar Disorder,
  • Bulimia,
  • Compulsive Overeating,
  • Depression,
  • Stress Management, and
  • Teen Suicide.

Each of these books defines the issues, problems and dilemmas that teenagers may face, describes their effects, and provides steps teens can take to move ahead. Key concepts introduced in these books are defined by the National Health Education Standards and the National Standards for School Counseling Programs.

Depression is an easy-to-read, open format book which includes summaries of the most important information associated to causes, symptoms and types of depression, lots of subject headings and interesting facts (for example, the book mentions famous people who suffered from depression), personal stories from young people in their teens, charts of negative and positive ways of dealing with various situations or emotions, and relevant discussions related to the topic.

The book is organized in six chapters and supported by a glossary, information about more resources including useful addresses and websites, and index.

Contents of Depression by Judith Peacock and Jackie Casey

Chapter 1 – What is Depression?

Mood disorders in this book is divided into two main categories: major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder, but the main focus of the book is on major depressive disorder and dysthymia (milder minor depressive disorder), whereas bipolar disorder is just briefly discussed.

Chapter 2 – Types of Mood Disorders

Types of mood disorders include explanations of different forms of depression and associated conditions, emphasis on the importance of recognizing depression symptoms and asking for help, for example, through crisis hot lines in case of suicidal thoughts.

Chapter 3 – Getting Help

The third chapter helps teenagers who are depression sufferers, or know somebody with depression symptoms, to seeky help, especially if suicidal thoughts are present.

Chapter 4 – How is Depression Diagnosed?

The fourth chapter deals with depression diagnosis; the authors advise: before considering antidepressants for a child, parents and guardians must learn how antidepressants are related to risks of self-injury and suicide, what signs to look out for in children or teens who are on antidepressants, and what the benefits and risks of antidepressants for kids and teens really are.

Chapter 5 – How is Depression Treated?

The fifth chapter covers treatment options, including advice on what to avoid if you are a teenager with depression.

Chapter 6 – Staying Well

The last chapter in this book describes ways to keep going on a positive track and prevent depression from coming back.

About the authors

Judith Peacock is a former educator who has worked in publishing for more than twenty years. Today, she is a noted author in juvenile literature and a well-established writer of children’s books and young adult books.

Some of the published credits of Judith Peacock include:

Secession: The Southern States Leave the Union,
The Battles of Lexington and Concord, and
Perspectives on Disease and Illness (Asthma, Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes, Leukemia, etc ) and Breast Cancer.

Currently, there is no data about Jackie Casey.

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