Books are a great resource for answering questions about mental illness. But in a crunch, itcan be difficult to sift through and to find the right one fast. With that said, we have done all the leg work! Below is a recommended reading list of our favorite books on depression for both parents and teens. Our hope is that a book on this list may help you find some answers, provide support, but most importantly, let you know there is hope and you are not alone.
By: Erika's Lighthouse
This is a practical guide, written by parents for parents, with information and ideas on what to do if a child is suffering from depression. Many parents don't know the signs of depression or where to turn for help. Understanding what's going on with a child, finding the right treatment, dealing with the schools, negotiating insurance issues – challenges that parents face when their child is suffering from depression, dealt with in a frank and understanding way, in an easy-to-read format.
By: John S. Wodarski, Lois Ann Wodarski, Catherine N. Dulmus
An in-depth exploration of the relationship of depression to substance abuse and suicide that presents a solid case for early identification. Includes a 6-week coping curriculum, and family intervention strategies.
By: Norman T. Berlinger, M.D., Ph.D.
This book offers ten parental partnering strategies to help parents help their teen with depression.
By: Maureen Empfield. M.D. and Nicholas Bakalar
A straight forward book that discusses depression, its diagnosis, types, risks, drugs, hospitalization and the effect the disease has on other teenage issues.
By: Dr. Lisa Machoian
A wonderful book for anyone who lives with or works with adolescent girls. Real stories illustrate how girls can learn to think critically about the messages and rules of today's adolescence. A practical guide to help girls cope with the pressures they encounter.
By: William Styron
A personal memoir from the author of Sophie's Choice. The Chicago Sun-Times said it's "A chilling yet hopeful report from a mental wilderness into which one in ten Americans disappears... enlightening... fascinating."
By: Mary Piher, PhD
The now classic must-read book for every parent; the author has worked with teenagers for decades. In spite of the Women's Movement, girls are still facing a tougher time than ever in the areas of violence and sexism. This can lead to suicide attempts, depression, dropping out of school or eating disorders. We live in a media-saturated culture with emphasis on looks and materialism, which is "girl-destroying." Their math scores plummet and depression soars as they enter junior high. The author discusses how our culture got here and what the reader can do to empower our adolescent girls.
By: Judy Mann
What are the problems in our culture that cause boys to feel a sense of entitlement while girls learn to feel submissive? Can we help girls climb the ladder to adulthood without being silenced and submerged into male culture? Written by a columnist for The Washington Post, the author investigates these questions and makes suggestion to parents of BOTH girls AND boys about how we can raise our children differently.
BY: William Pollack, PhD
Based on the author's groundbreaking research at Harvard Medical School, this book explores why so many boys are sad, lonely and confused. Our culture encourages us to raise boys as "little men" which "toughens" them and encourages them to drive their true emotions underground. The reader will get suggestions on how to help boys develop self confidence and emotional intelligence to deal with issues such as depression, violence, drugs, alcohol, sexuality and love.
By: Olga Silverstein
The author is one of the founding members of the Family Therapy movement here and abroad. She offers a new way to think about male and female roles, and how to transform the mother-son relationship to end the division between the sexes. Our culture tends to perpetuate the concept that girls must "relate" and boys must "achieve." It also perpetuates the myth that boys must "reject" their mothers and bond only with their fathers in the long run to become real "men." The author's goal is to help parents raise "whole" men.
By: Kathleen Panula Hockey
A thoughtful and practical resource for parents, teachers, and other adults who work with children to help them learn to live optimistically.
By: Mark A. Reinecke, Ph.D.
A pocket-sized book readers can turn to in the very moment they are experiencing anxiety. An "on-the-spot emergency kit for calming worries and fears," this book features twenty short but helpful lessons and techniques for understanding and calming anxiety.
By: Bev Cobain, R.N.C.
A survival guide for depressed teens, this book is written with personal stories from teens struggling with mental health issues. Topics include identifying depression, the connection between the illness, suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, getting the appropriate help, coping strategies, staying well and the truth behind the stigma.
By: Cait Irwin
Cait struggled with depression at 13. She wrote and illustrated this book herself. It is very informative and easy to read. Be sure to read the letters in the back of the book from her family to see various responses to this illness.