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So Young, So Sad, So Listen (second edition)

Philip Graham and Carol Hughes

Price: £7.50

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Published: Aug 2005

Format: paperback

Number of pages: 56

ISBN: 9781904671237

So Young, So Sad, So Listen (second edition)

Has your daughter lost her sparkle? Has everyday life become a trial for your son? As a teacher, do you think that difficult, aggressive 11-year-old boy has other problems and wonder why that 14-year-old girl is so withdrawn? The problem could be childhood depression, a common but often treatable condition.
Illustrated by cartoons, this book is intended to help parents and teachers of depressed children and teenagers. Young people themselves will also find it useful. As should school nurses, social workers, health visitors, family doctors and anyone who works with children. This second edition contains a foreword by multi-award-winning author Philip Pullman.
The aim is to help those involved to recognise the signs of depression in children and to understand the possible causes. The authors provide practical advice and information about the support and help you can give. Above all, they show that we can help and that, given the chance, that spark may well return!

“Full of helpful information which young people experiencing depression and their friends will find valuable. …A great deal can be done by parents, teachers and others to help depressed children, and the book explores positive ways to help through listening, offering hope, helping to challenge negative thought patterns, and offers of practical help and support.”

NIMHE Mental Health Promotion Update


Foreword by Philip Pullman

  1. What is depression?
  2. Signs of depression
  3. How common is depression in children and young people?
  4. What causes depression in children and young people?
  5. Helping a depressed child - what you (parents, teachers, children) can do
  6. The child and adolescent mental health clinic
  7. What happens to depressed children and young people?

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"A valuable book that is likely to have a considerable impact on the recognition and treatment of childhood depression. ...An essential resource for anyone involved."

The Pharmaceutical Journal

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