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Help Me, I'm Sad: Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Childhood and Adolescent Depression
Help Me, I'm Sad: Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Childhood and Adolescent Depression
von David G. Fassler
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,66

5.0 von 5 Sternen Most Comprehensive Book for Parents with Depressed Teens, 10. Juli 2000
Dr. Fassler and Miss Dumas do an amazing job at organizing this book in the most efficient manner. The doctor with utmost clarity lists the symptoms of depression for each age group up to and including young adulthood. He does justice to new research revealing that symptoms may be dependant upon the patient's age. Moreover, he highlights the long-avoided fact that even toddlers can suffer from clinical depression. He also briefly examines the various related affective disorders common among young people and how they can be detected also. The chapter on suicide and suicide recognition and prevention is well-written in that it provides all the vital information without going into graphic details. In addition to discussing all forms of treatment types, schools of thought, and classes of mental healthcare professionals in an easily understandable manner, the doctor offers pragmatic advice on seeking help for the child and the child's family. All too often the devastating effects of depression on other family members are ignored with tragic consequences. Dr. Fassler makes sure that this point is stressed. He also helps the reader choose a good therapist and treatment plan for his/her child. Finally, he discusses ways in which depression can be prevented, and how good parenting can affect the child's chance of growing up to become a healthy adult. The only thing I found disappointing was Dr. Fassler's bias towards the physiological nature of affective disorders. Understanding the biochemical aspects of depression is crucial in effectively treating the illness for much of the symptoms are linked to somatic disorders in the brain.


Teenage Depression & Drugs(oop) (Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs)
Teenage Depression & Drugs(oop) (Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs)
von John A. Chiles
  Bibliothekseinband

2.0 von 5 Sternen Placebo of Psychological Guides...or worse, 29. Juni 2000
First, I must admit that I was fooled into thinking that the book was about medication used to treat teenage depression as well as updated, pragmatic advice on recognizing and helping depressed adolescents. Perhaps my disappointment with the book, which focuses on illegal narcotics and alcohol, taints my review with undue bias. However, there are certain weaknesses in the book so that the cons override the pros...and you may be better off not reading it at all.
First, the book is addressed by the authors towards adolescents, some of them most likely suicidal teens themselves. The photographs of past completed and attempted suicides serve no purpose (at best being unnecessary, at worst only aggravating the depressive mood of the reader). Nor do any of the prints of paintings and "human-interest" photos that are plastered on every page. Such meloncholic visual content may worsen the depression of a suffering youth who picked up the book in an attempt to help him or herself.
Second, the authors made a particularly vague statement that may be easily misunderstood. Teens who have constant thoughts of suicide ARE more likely to attempt suicide than the authors claim. In fact, this "suicidal ideation" serves as a red-flag for anyone diagnosing a potentially depressive teen. Brief suicidal thoughts may be common in people, but when one does so for an inordinate and inappropriate duration, one should take the situation very seriously. This statement by the authors is later contradicted by themselves when they state that vocalization of those thoughts are immediate indicators of an oncoming suicide. Many depressed teens end up attempting or completing suicide by giving signs that are less obvious than words...and vocalization implies constant suicidal thoughts. Another contradiction can be found in the authors' assesment of attempted suicides.
Third, the authors do not touch upon issues that have been known to be aggravating factors when looking into the cause of teen depression and instead obsessively preach the evils of illegal narcotics and alcohol. When one discusses mental health one must adequately cover all basic elements of its causes, and the authors failed to satisfy this. They make it sound like alcohol and drug addiction are necessary attributes for the onset of suicidal ideation and completion.
Finally, the authors do not even touch open medications used to treat depression. It is true that the book is somewhat outdated, they still could have discussed the effects of lithium and tricyclics. Instead, they rant on about cocaine, marijuana, and other illegal narcotics. Obviously, I was extremely displeased with this book. It could have been much better regardless of when it was published. However, I must give it credit for offering a list of resources for drug recovery and prevention, hence the two stars.


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

5.0 von 5 Sternen The Grail for Peer Counselors, 27. Juni 2000
Ms. Irwin's book definitely is not a technical guide to depression with all its "sub-types," but the diary-like style without a doubt makes the reader connect with her struggle with and eventual victory over the terrors of depression. The book is useful for all ages, as the illustrations draw in the attention of any audience: child, adolescent, or adult. The very personal and individualistic nature of her writing as well as the blunt honesty of her family members who share their thoughts at the end convinces one of her earnesty and commitment. True, it may not give you specific information that a more technical work might contain, but the emotional comfort the book provides more than makes up for it, at the very least as a supplement to those requiring facts or to those who need an immediate "anchor" to sustain hope. The extensive and thorough list of mental health resources at the very end (complete with web addresses for those who are too shy for direct, personal contact) is an invaluable component of the book and supercedes any other list that I've seen in other works concerning mental health.


Life Happens: A Teenager's Guide to Friends, Sexuality, Love, Rejection, Addiction, Peer Pressure, Families, Loss, Depression, Change & Other Challenges of Living
Life Happens: A Teenager's Guide to Friends, Sexuality, Love, Rejection, Addiction, Peer Pressure, Families, Loss, Depression, Change & Other Challenges of Living
von Kathleen McCoy
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,66

3.0 von 5 Sternen The Title Says It All, 27. Juni 2000
"Life Happens" is the title and the theme of the book itself. Dr. McCoy with her degree and implied treasure chest of knowledge and experience did not really give practical, helpful advice. Most of the time, "bad things happen to good people" was all that could be understood from the chapters. The "letters" that open each chapter do seem authentic but do not seem to have any real purpose. I've read other works that made better use of anecdotal passages such as Bev Cobain's book on depression. The authors, however, did have great organization. The "common crises" generally covered almost all of the problems teens face today. However, some chapters such as that on parental abuse or homosexuality received too little attention. In addition, again, the advice offered by the doctor all seemed redundant and unhelpful. Overgeneralizations seemed to be the sticking point here. Also, the issues of hospitalization or medication were not covered in depth. The book isn't a guide but more like the somewhat helpful ramblings of two individuals who should have offered more information. Finally, the dearth of information on mental health resources was troubling. However, I give three stars because any attempt to inform the world about the dangers and severity of adolescent mental disorders is one step forward for society.


The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
von Barbara W. Tuchman
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Epitome of Historical Writing, 26. Juni 2000
Barbara Tuchman's account of the first two months of World War I is written in a narrative style that puts real faces (glorious as well as shady) on the individuals who are so often lost in the trenches of historical writing. One is amazed at how seemingly trivial events combined with underlying factors would, in less than a month, lead to the destruction and rebirth of the world. An entire generation of young men would be lost by the decisions made by a few. Unlike how the war is usually presented, these choices were not easy ones, whether for Poincare or the Kaiser, and all parties involved slept little until the very last minute of peace. The same emotions courses through the reader at every turn of the page as the mind absorbs the history as if it has countered it for the first time. Barbara Tuchman is also very fair in her views of the leading characters in the unfolding drama. True, many generals were incompetent, throwing entire populations at each other in an attempt to outmaneuver the enemy and win a glorious victory in the style of Napoleon of Bismarck. However, they were human, and one can empathize with the meloncholy felt by Sir French, the sense of inevitability felt by King Albert, and the crushing affect of past parental achievements on the mind of von Moltke. At times, though, one may feel that Shakespeare said it best through the mouth of Puck: "What fools these mortals be!" The many, missed opportunities for a completely different and benevolent future stings us with the same impact of a failed field goal that would've won the NBA finals. This book is closest to some real-time experience of World War I that one can get, and quite frankly a lengthier work describing the entire war will be too exhausting. I have never read a history book as this one; more "strategic" than Stephen Ambrose but more "tactical" than Gilbert Martin. Barbara Tuchman is a truly unique writer.


Overcoming Depression, 3rd edition
Overcoming Depression, 3rd edition
von Demitri Papolos
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,99

4.0 von 5 Sternen Is This Right For You? Tolstoy or Hemmingway?, 23. Juni 2000
First of all, one must say that Dr. Papolos has written a very comprehensive book about depression. There are plenty of sections that are written in a non-technical way. He made sure the symptoms of the various disorders and sub-categories of them were outlined right out of DSM-IV, and the information about financial problems that accompany serious bipolar or depressive disorders is very complete, pragmatic, and helpful. The explanations concerning medications is somewhat incomplete but nonetheless practical and useful (especially the charts). It may have been better to have focused more on the medications themselves rather than their history. Some of the paragraphs on side-effects seemed redundant to the point that it became "filler" material. I was disappointed, for example, that he did not give a thorough explanation of clonazepam, an oft-used sedative, while he devotes pages on medical history, especially lithium research.
Certainly the technical chapters are hard to understand; but then again, that might be exactly what you're looking for: a detailed, cmprehensive analysis of the biochemical aspects of depression and mania as well as the evidence suggesting genetic vulnerability. It may even help the "lay person" by easing his or her anxiety about taking medication by explainin how exactly the pills work.
There were two major disappointments, however. First, the book minimized the issue of adolescent depression and/or mania by dedicating only ten pages to it. I do have a bias, but any good text about depression or mania, unless the cover page explicitly states the audience to which the book was addressing, must dedicate a great amount of energy to mental illness in children and even a section solely for teenagers who may or may have known friends suffering from such disorders. Psychiatry depends heavily on risk reduction and crisis prevention because "treatment" per-se may not be able to be administered in time. Second, although bipolar disorders may have more severe symptoms, the book seemed to allocate too much of its pages to mania instead of depression. Both are equally dangerous and painful, yet Dr. Papolos seemed to focus a little too much on mania (dysphoric or elated), leaving patients with unipolar depression feeling somewhat left out. That is not to say they were ignored but that there existed an unfortunate imbalance.
Overall, however, I learned much about bipolar and unipolar disorders. I still have yet to find a book about personality disorders, but this is definitely one of the better works concerning mental illness. Moreover, Dr. Papolos includes a great possibility for another updated version which I am greatly interested in. However, these feelings arise only because the book satisfies most of my needs. To many, "Overcoming Depression" may not be the right pill.


The Power to Prevent Suicide: A Guide for Teens Helping Teens
The Power to Prevent Suicide: A Guide for Teens Helping Teens
von Pamela Espeland
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,31

4.0 von 5 Sternen Proactive and Informative, 19. Juni 2000
Unlike many other books on adolescent psychology, this book takes more initiative in teaching teenagers to help each other during tough times. The tips included can be used immediately after reading them, and the authors stress certain important points repeatedly so that, although they may seem redundant to those who already know them by heart, no one can finish the book without having them permanently inscribed in their minds. The first person point-of-view style taken by the authors when explaining suicide helps, but not completes, a teenager's understanding of why his or her peers may consider suicide. There were a few detractions though. More fundamental information on depression as well as the increasing necessity to consider sexuality and ethnicity as aggravating factors in suicidal teens may have helped. A few sections were over-generalized, but the most important info (such as the "fact or fiction" of suicidal behavior) were well-covered. Combined with a book on teenage affected (i.e. emotional) disorders, alcohol/narcotics addiction, and/or risky environments (e.g. abusive families, violent neighborhoods, homogenous communities), whichever is helpful to the reader, this book can go a long way in reducing the heart-breaking statistics on suicide among young people. A newly revised edition with updated information is eagerly awaited.


When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens
When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens
von Elizabeth Verdick
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great First-Aid Manual on Teen Depression, 18. Juni 2000
A great starting point for teens who are going through unipolar or bipolar disorders (whether they are currently receiving treatment or not), Bev Cobain presents the complex issues at hand in very understandable terms and constantly reiterates the important points that depressed teenagers or teenagers who know friends who suffer from depression must take to heart. The little footnotes at the bottom of most pages are very helpful, just in case the reader decides to skim through or jump around the pages so that every necessary information is readily accessible. The useful diagrams and tips also give depressed adolescents a great way to take action immediately and perhaps feel some sense of accomplishment and progress (in fact the mood chart was something two of my past therapists used). The anecdotes, which represent teenagers each coping with different circumstances, put real faces to the more clinical aspects of the book and serve as examples of points made in the previous pages. There are a few holes in the book, however. Perhaps more information on the specific medications will have a reassuring effect on teens who will be taking them. Also, the issue of hospitalization was covered, but more facts about what actually goes on in them may have helped (although, yes, the experience differs with the quality of the hospital itself). Finally, a small section on the various personality disorders may help those teens who suffer from them because they share similar symptoms. Despite these questions, however, the book is an excellent aid for teens who go through what is often described as the "downward spiral."


When Living Hurts: For Teenagers and Young Adults
When Living Hurts: For Teenagers and Young Adults
von Sol Gordon
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,22

4.0 von 5 Sternen A Lighthouse Among the Storm, 18. Juni 2000
Sol Gordon takes a very complex and painful issue and explains it in a more digestible form. While those who are experienced with depression and other affected disorders may find that he does not go into enough detail (the "What else is new?" complex), I'm sure they will appreciate the kind, gentle style of writing. One can almost feel the author right beside you, speaking to you the very words you read. I was also pleased to find that he dedicated a section to the effects of homosexuality on adolescent depression. An already hard-to-reach portion of the population, Gordon's readiness to accept sexuality differences will go far in helping GLBT teens to find comfort admist animosity. Moreover, the slightly religious glow of the language does not alienate readers from a non-Judaic faith. The book will be of great use to many people facing depression for the first time, desperate for some sanctuary.


Russian Revolution
Russian Revolution
von Alan Moorehead
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Revolutions Are Confusing, 9. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Russian Revolution (Taschenbuch)
Alan Moorehead's complete history of the Russian Revolution puts much in context. It is packed full of information and emotional scenes. Yet, since revolutions tend to be chaotic events by nature, it is hard to analyze them (though many have claimed to have succeeded to do so). The two decades that the book covers was an eventful one, and Moorehead goes through the phases in orderly, chronological order. Unfortunately, the cumbersome load of names of people, councils, and various crises makes the book a little hard to follow (not exactly a "Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"). However, Moorehead discloses much information cut out of most textbooks and narratives of the Russian Revolution such as the true founder of Communism. It is a great complement to any textbook on European history, but one must not try to overload one's memory banks. Enjoy!


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