In Adolescent Depression, psychiatrists Francis Mark Mondimore, MD, and Patrick Kelly, MD, explain that serious depression in adolescents goes beyond "moodiness." Depression is in fact an illness-one that can be effectively treated. The authors describe the many forms of depression and the many symptoms of depression in young people-from sadness to irritability, self-harm, drug and alcohol abuse, and violent rages.
Incorporating the latest research from the field of adolescent psychiatry, this comprehensive and compassionate guide answers questions that many parents have, including
* What are the symptoms of depression in teenagers? * How is depression diagnosed?* What is the difference between depression and bipolar disorder, and which does my child have? * How can I find the best mental health professional team for my child? * What kinds of counseling and psychotherapy are available? * Are medications safe, and how does a doctor choose a medication for my child?* What can I do if my adolescent is using alcohol, crystal meth, marijuana, or other substances?* How do autism and Asperger's syndrome, eating disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, ADHD, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder interact with depression? * What should I do if I sense that my child is in danger? * With all of this going on, how can I take care of myself?
Francis Mark Mondimore, MD, is a psychiatrist on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Mood Disorders Clinic at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Patrick Kelly, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist on the faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles and director of pediatric emergency services for psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I1. DepressionNormal and Abnormal MoodsThe Symptom of DepressionThe Syndrome of DepressionAssociated Symptoms of DepressionMood DisordersThe Chemistry of Mood2. Normal Adolescence and Depression in AdolescenceMore on SymptomsMore on AdolescenceWhen Is Depression "Serious"?3. The Mood Disorders of AdolescencePsychiatric DiagnosisMajor Depressive DisorderDysthymic DisorderPremenstrual Dysphoric DisorderBipolar DisorderControversies Surrounding Bipolar Affective Disorder in ChildrenDisruptive Mood Dysregulation DisorderMore on DiagnosisThe Importance of Treatment4. Mood DisordersWhat Is the DSM?A Multiaxial Diagnostic SystemMood Disorder Categories in the DSMControversies in the Use of the DSMPart II5. Medication Issues in AdolescencePharmaceuticals and the FDADose Adjustments and Other Differences for Young PeopleHow Psychiatric Medications Work6. Antidepressant MedicationsTricyclic AntidepressantsSelective Serotonin Reuptake InhibitorsOther, New, AntidepressantsMonoamine Oxidase InhibitorsAntidepressant Therapy7. Mood-Stabilizing MedicationsLithiumValproate (Depakote)Carbamazepine (Tegretol)Lamotrigine (Lamictal)Other Mood StabilizersWhat Do Mood Stabilizers Treat?Why, and How, to Use Mood Stabilizers in Depression8. Other Medications and TreatmentsAntipsychotic MedicationsControversiesBenzodiazepinesSt. John's WortOmega-3 Fatty Acids and Fish OilExercise"Medical" MarijuanaElectroconvulsive TherapyOther New Treatments9. Counseling and PsychotherapyThe "Biology-Psychology" Split in PsychiatryIs Psychotherapy Alone Sufficient?Is Psychotherapy Always Necessary?Matching the Psychotherapy to the PatientChoosing a Therapy and a TherapistThe Psychiatrist-PsychotherapistPart III10. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity DisorderWhat Is ADHD?Treatment IssuesMood Disorders and ADHDOther MedicationsTreatment for Your Child11. Autism, Asperger's, and Related DisordersAutismSymptoms of AutismAutism versus Asperger's SyndromeAutism and Mood DisordersApproaches to Treatment of the Child Who Has Autism12. Alcohol and Drug AbuseAdolescent Substance AbuseAlcohol AbuseMarijuana AbuseAmphetamines (Crystal Meth, Ecstasy, and "Club Drugs")Mood Disorders and Substance AbuseTreatment Issues13. Eating DisordersAnorexia NervosaBulimia NervosaUnderstanding Eating DisordersMood Disorders and Eating Disorders14. "Cutting" and Other Self-Harming BehaviorsSelf-MutilationAdolescent Suicide15. The Genetics of Mood DisordersGenes, Chromosomes, and DNAGenetic DiseasesWhat We KnowThe Search ContinuesPart IV16. Strategies for Successful TreatmentDiagnosis, Diagnosis, DiagnosisChoosing the Treatment TeamEliminating Pathological Influences17. The Role of the FamilyRecognizing SymptomsGetting Involved in TreatmentSafety IssuesArranging Hospitalization and Involuntary TreatmentGetting the Support You Need18. Planning for EmergenciesKnow Whom to Call for HelpInsurance IssuesMore on Safety19. Looking AheadResourcesSuggested ReadingSupport and Advocacy OrganizationsInternet ResourcesNotesIndex