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Do you know...The warning signs of adolescent depression? The best ways to respond to a teen considering suicide?
With suicide as the third leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 24*, school administrators, guidance counselors, and psychologists must understand — and know how to address — adolescent depression. This workbook is the lifeline they need! Counselors can use it in their work with teens, who'll use the surveys, checklists, practical tips, fill-in-the-blanks, and brainstorming activities to recognize depression in themselves, learn what they can do to feel better, and build a safety plan to stay well. And all education professionals can work through the book to increase their knowledge of the symptoms, causes, treatments, and effects of depression. Recovering from depression is possible — and this interactive workbook guides and supports both teens and the professionals who help them on the journey.
This revised edition is packed with tips and activities on
- dealing with suicidal thoughts and feelings
- changing negative thought patterns to positive ones
- reaching out to friends and supporters
- avoiding substance abuse
- solving problems constructively
- recognizing and avoiding "triggers" of depression
*American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2001
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Packed with tips and activities on dealing with suicidal thoughts and feelings, negative thought patterns, and avoiding substance abuse, among other things, this workbook is the lifeline counselors and psychologists need for working with teens experiencin
About the Author
Stuart Copans, M.D., is a husband, father, child psychiatrist, cartoonist, writer, speaker, book illustrator, paper cutter, bookplate designer, mail artist, book artist, swimmer, and canoe paddler (not always in that order). His children have all survived his parenting mistakes, for which he is grateful to them and to some undefined higher power. He enjoys collaborating with others and hopes they enjoy collaborating with him but always feels as if he's the lucky one in any collaboration. Dr. Copans graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received his medical degree from Stanford Medical School. He has researched parent-child interactions for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and has worked with adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient settings for nearly 30 years. He is on the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Copans likes to write books that teach through humor or that help people deal with problems. His books include Who's the Patient Here?: Portraits of the Young Psychotherapist, co-authored with Thomas Singer; How to Avoid the Evil Eye by Brenda Rosenbaum; Smart Moves: Your Guide Through the Emotional Maze of Relocation, co-authored with Audrey McCollum and Nadia Jensen; Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery: A Personal Guide to Turning from Alcoholism and Other Addictions, co-authored with Rabbi Kerry Olitzky; The Healing Journey: Your Journal of Self-Discovery, co-authored with Phil Rich; The Healing Journey for Couples: Your Journal of Mutual Discovery, co-authored with Phil Rich; The Healing Journey Through Addiction: Your Journal for Recovery and Self-Renewal, co-authored with Phil Rich; and The Healing Journey Through Job Loss: Your Journal for Reflection and Revitalization, co-authored with Phil Rich and Kenneth G. Copans.
Mary Ellen Copeland, M.A., M.S., is a mental health educator. She has worked with adults and young people all over the world, teaching them how to recover from troubling conditions such as depression and how to stay well. She has also worked as a teacher, founding and directing a school for teens with special needs. She believes that if teens understand how they feel and know how to help themselves feel well, they will be happier and better able to do the things they want to do. She received her master's degree in counseling psychology from Vermont College of Norwich University and her master's degree in resource management and administration from Antioch New England Graduate School. She is the author of The Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression; Living Without Depression and Manic Depression: A Workbook for Maintaining Mood Stability; Wellness Recovery Action Plan; Winning Against Relapse: A Workbook of Action Plans for Recurring Health and Emotional Problems; The Worry Control Workbook; The Loneliness Workbook: A Guide to Developing and Maintaining Lasting Connections; and Healing the Trauma of Abuse: A Women's Workbook, co-authored with Maxine Harris.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
I. Getting Started
II. Things I Need to Know About My Physical and Emotional Health
- Am I Depressed?
- Getting Help
- Suicide Prevention
- Helping Myself Feel Better Right Away
- Using the Rest of this Book
III. Things I Can Do to Help Myself Feel Better
- Understanding Depression
- Getting Good Health Care
IV. Things I Can Do to Maintain a Positive Outlook Over the Long Term
- Friends and Supporters
- Avoiding Substance Abuse
- When Bad Things Happen
- Diet, Light, Exercise, and Sleep
- Helping Myself Relax
- Peer Counseling
- Creative Activities
V. Building an Ongoing Recovery and Safety Plan
- Raising Self-Esteem
- Changing Negative Thoughts to Positive Ones
- Wellness Tools
- Monitoring My Moods and Preventing Depression
- Developing a Safety Plan
- Managing Medications
- Avoiding Relapse
- Dreams and Goals
Appendix A: If a Friend Is Depressed
Appendix B: Information for Parents
Appendix C: Important Telephone Numbers
Appendix D: Information for a Friend