I know how hard it is for parents who discover their children are suffering from depression.
How do you know what to say to your child when they tell you they are feeling depressed or even suicidal?
When do you know for certain that your child is depressed if they just won’t talk to anyone about it?
If you went to your doctor for help, how would you know what to ask for and to get someone to take you seriously?
My name is Dr Angel Adams and I have been a Clinical Psychologist working with children for over 28 years.
In my practice in Kingston, Surrey, England I see many parents/carers who have suffered for a long time because they found it difficult to obtain the right kind of advice and support when they really needed it.
With 28 years of practical psychology experience, even I couldn’t find anywhere that provided all the essential information in one simple, easy-to-read, single location!
So that’s why I decided to write this book for concerned parents and carers just like yourself.
Written by both a clinical psychologist and a mother whose own teenager suffered from depression, this book discusses in an open and readable style the problems parents face in coping with a depressed child or teenager.
It gives practical advice on recognising depression in children/teenagers and offers essential tips on how you can cope with the challenges.
It suggests several helpful ways you can treat your child’s depression and offers positive ways of working with the school to keep attendance regular and structured by reviewing the timetable and reducing the load of the school week and homework schedule.
It also gives strategies for parents to help manage their own life effectively when living with a depressed child.
Learn how to recognise what are the true signs of depression in a child or adolescent that is different from adults…
Use the checklists to help you through the emotionally charged interactions with doctors and teachers.
Get practical tips on how to support your child through their treatment—diet, exercise, changing their thinking, mindful meditation, etc.
Learn how to deal with any guilt you may carry and how to support yourself emotionally and physically through this difficult time.
Learn how to help your child change the voices of depression (uninvited thoughts) in their head into voices that are more loving, constructive, and happy!
Learn specific metaphors that you can use as an ally to help beat your child’s depression.
Learn how to help your child change their behaviours and actions first instead of trying to unravel them from their feelings connected to the depression.
Get tips on how to substitute praise and complements by using words of encouragement and reflection to build self-esteem and more confidence in your child.
Learn how to help your child tolerate uncomfortable feelings and become resilient in overcoming obstacles.
Learn mindfulness strategies to help you and your child observing negative thoughts in a non-judgmental way instead of attaching to them.
Get tips on how to use humour, smiling, and laughter to reduce stress, make you and your child feel happier and closer to you.
Learn how to be empathic to your child’s emotions while simultaneously keeping a loving perspective that is separated to enable you to keep your energy unburdened, grounded and focused.
This book is the perfect resource to use while your child and family is waiting for an appointment to see a specialist or as a non-medical adjunct to treatment by a qualified helping professional.
This book is written in an engaging, non-academic style so you don’t need a psychology degree to understand it. It is concise enough to be read in one sitting—so you can start implement the actions steps right away—but is also jam-packed with lots of useful information to help you and your child overcome and beat depression.
Here is a free example strategy taken from my e-book that you can start using immediately:
Teenage suicide and suicidal ideation is a profound expression of hopelessness. It is often experienced as an overwhelming feeling that what they do is never good enough and inside, they are never good enough.
A vision board helps depressed children or adolescents to start imagining their dreams and goals for the future. The very process of making the vision board together will open a door for your child or adolescent to talk about their experiences and to start to address the negative thoughts that are in their head. Some teens may prefer to do it completely on their own, but you will have plenty of grist for the mill to talk about when you see their finished board.
The vision board can be a bulletin board or simply a white Styrofoam board. The process is to make collages of photos, magazine clippings, written affirmations, lines from poetry, and quotes which all represent their "outcomes". They can also include special cards, letters, and certificates, written by others that say positive things.
In the centre of the vision board should be a photo or picture of your child or teen. It needs to show through their facial and body language that they are feeling happy. We suggest the most recent photo if possible. This reminds then where they were and they can be and feel happy again. Revolving around this centre-piece are visual images of goals that the child wants to achieve that will contribute to feeling happy again. For example, feeling happy at school, having a closer inner circle of friends, feeling joy and creativity, a special project they want to be involved in, or their dream job or career in the future.
It can also include other goals such as working somewhere, learning to play an instrument, getting back to playing… Read more…
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