Books for Teens

the-good-teen-rescuing-adolescence-from-the-myths-of-the-storm-and-stress-yearsThe Good Teen: Rescuing Adolescence from the Myths of the Storm and Stress Years

by Richard M. Lerner

Teaches parents about the Five C's: Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, and Caring in helping teenagers through the journey of adolescence.

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when-nothing-matters-anymore-a-survival-guide-for-depressed-teensWhen Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens

by Bev Cobain

In 1994, rock star Kurt Cobain ended his battle with depression by taking his own life. Bev Cobain is his cousin and in this book, she reaches out to teens suffering with depression so they can get the help and support they need.

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Im_not_alone_a_teens_guide_to_living_with_a_parent_who_has_a_mental_illnessI'm Not Alone: A Teen's Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has Mental Illness

by Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D. and DeAnne M. Sherman

This book explains mental illness in easy to understand terms, helps teens understand common emotional reactions, and suggests a wide variety of coping strategies. It covers a wide variety of topics, including identifying a social support network, telling (or not telling) friends, and supporting a parent without feeling responsible for their recovery. The book closes with an excellent resource section and notes for professionals and parents/caregivers.

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a-relentless-hope-surviving-the-storm-of-teen-depressionA Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression

by Gary E. Nelson

Discusses new and different approaches to the treatment and understanding of teen depression.

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Wills-Choice-a-suicidal-teen-a-desperate-mother-and-a-chronicle-of-recoveryWill's Choice: A Suicidal Teen, a Desperate Mother, and a Chronicle of Recovery

by Gail Griffith

Four years ago, Griffith's 17-year-old son, Will, attempted suicide. Book discusses the suicide attempt, both and her son's depression and her own struggles with the illness.

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raising-a-moody-child-how-to-cope-with-depression-and-bipolar-disorderRaising a Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder

by Mary Fristad and Jill Arnold

This book explains how treatment works and what additional steps parents can take at home to help children with mood disorders — and the family as a whole — improve the quality of their lives.

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Out-of-the-darkened-room-when-a-parent-is-depressedOut of the Darkened Room: When a Parent is Depressed; Protecting the Children and Strengthening the Family

by Dr. William Beardslee

Dr. William Beardslee presents his effective program to bolster suffering parents with strong tools for healing; and most importantly, to promote resilience in their children.

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More-than-moody-recognizing-and-treating-adolescent-depressionMore Than Moody: Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression

by Harold S. Koplewicz, MD

Offers practical advice and guidance to families with children who have depression. Also helps parents distinguish between normal teenage angst and true depression.

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Help-me-Im-sad-recognizing-treating-and-preventing-childhood-and-adolescent-depressionHelp Me, I'm Sad: Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Childhood and Adolescent Depression

by David Fassler and Lynne Dumas

Discusses how to tell if your child is at risk; how to spot symptoms; depression's impact on the family; teen suicide; finding the right diagnosis, therapist, and treatment; and what you can do to help.

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The-disappearing-Girl-learning-the-language-of-teenage-depressionThe Disappearing Girl: Learning the Language of Teenage Depression

by Lisa Machoian

Harvard researcher Machoian sets out to determine why so many young women seem to emotionally withdraw and to explain how parents and others can help them.

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The-Storm-in-my-brainThe Storm in my Brain; Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation & Depression Support Alliance


Easy to understand, colorful booklet that speaks to children about how it feels to have a mood disorder.

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Detour-my-bipolar-road-trip-in-4DDetour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D

by Lizzie Simon

Simon interviewed six other young successful people with bipolar disorder all between ages 16 and 30 chronicling their stories.

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Depression-is-the-pits-but-Im-getting-better-a-guide-for-adolescentsDepression Is the Pits, but I'm Getting Better: A Guide for Adolescents

by E. Jane Garland

Discusses the symptoms and types of depression, how to get help.

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The-bipolar-child-the-definitive-and-reassuring-guide-to-childhoods-most-misunderstood-disorderThe Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder

by Demitri F. Papolos MD, and Janice Papolos

For any caregiver experiencing life with a bipolar child, Demitri and Janice Papolos's The Bipolar Child will be an indispensable reference guide.

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Conquering the Beast Within: How I Fought Depression and Won . . . and How You Can, Too

by Cait Irwin

Irwin tells her story of how the "beast" of depression gradually took over her life, accompanying simple yet eloquent text with her own comic-style drawings.

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Bipolar-Disorder-and-DepressionBipolar Disorder and Depression (Health Watch)

by Susan Dudley Gold and Linda Zamvil

For pre-teens and teens, four young people describe their struggles with bipolar disorder and depression. Includes helpful diagrams and photos.

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Depression_wellness_guide_for_parentsDepression Wellness Guide for Parents and Teens (set of two)

by Families for Depression Awareness

One for teens with depression, and a companion book for parents of teens and children with depression.

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