Books for Teens

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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