’This book may be a useful resource for parents of teenagers with depression, although the dense text may not be for everyone.’
Title: Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents - 2nd edition
Authors: Francis Mark Mondimore and Patrick Kelly
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Pres
Reviewer: Alison Taylor, senior lecturer in child health nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton
What was it like?
A guide to the features, impact and management of adolescent depression. It is aimed at parents and written by two US child and adolescent psychiatrists.
What were the highlights?
The book is comprehensive and thorough at almost 400 pages, providing a wealth of information on depression and its relevance to this vulnerable group. Several different presentations of depression are discussed, both as a mood disorder in itself and coexistent with other mental health issues including drug and alcohol use.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The book uses an accessible and conversational tone but refers frequently to the evidence base. However, the book heavily leans towards a biomedical approach using the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria common in the US. Four chapters are devoted to antidepressant medication and only one to talking therapies, although there is some discussion of alternatives such as medical marijuana. The role of the family is not tackled until curiously late in the book.
Who should read it?
This book may be a useful resource for parents of teenagers with depression, although the dense text may not be for everyone.