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When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens Paperback – March 20, 2007
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Libby K. White, Jewish Vocational Services, Baltimore, MD
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“Its honest, anecdote-filled treatment of the subject (apart from the book’s telling origins) make it a no-brainer buy.”—Youthworker
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Bev Cobain doesn't treat us like we're five years old or treat us like we're idiots for being depressed. She gives us help, and advice in an organized handbook like format. She steps this into two phases - What's Wrong and Getting Help and Staying Well. I also like how she makes it personal - adding things about her cousin Kurt Cobain but also including other depressed teen stories - proving I'm not alone. I'm almost finished with the book and am into getting some help for my depression.
I'd recommend this book to any depressed teen, any school councelor, or any one interested in teen depression and want to be informed on it incase they stumble upon it sometime in their lives. Good Book -.
This is an interactive book where teens are shown how to take an active role in doing things to help themselves stay healthy. Young readers will find themselves in one or more of the stories told by eleven teens from many walks of life as they describe their struggles with depression. The stories demonstrate that young people can do something about depression and have hope for the future.
Parnts, school counselors, mental health providers, physicians and others who work with depressed teens, will find useful, practical, information in this book. Any depressed teen luckly enough to receive this book from a caring, concerned adult will find comfort. Indeed, it may save a life.
The author, a cousin of singer Curt Cobain, wrote this book to help make sense of her cousin's suicide. It is readable, knowledgeable and thorough. It helps adolescents understand what they might be feeling when they are depressed. It discusses how to interrupt the downward spiral and find a way out. The book covers both social and biological aspects of depression.
I felt that the author had a good intuitive grasp for how an adolescent might feel when he was in the depths of a depression. She reflects back the sense of isolation and hopelessness so that a depressed person feels understood. She provides information on how to get help when you don't feel that anyone out there is trustworthy.
She empowers teens by providing good information about the causes of depression and well as the treatments. For those who want more detailed information, she provides a resource list. I especially liked her section on how to stay healthy once you have recovered from the initial depression.
I have recommended this book to several teens. They felt that it made sense and was helpful
The book is structured in two parts: What's Wrong? and Getting Help and Staying Well. What's Wrong? is primarily diagnostic, providing a checklist for the reader to determine whether he or she is depressed, explaining the varieties and causes of depression, and outlining the correlations between depression and chronic illness, sexual abuse, sexual identity, drug use and addiction, eating disorders, and "perceived differences" from peers. Getting Help and Staying Well highlights treatment options, suggests ways to seek help from family or trusted adults, and lists self-help activities for readers undergoing treatment. Both sections include "Survival Tips" that a health professional might suggest to any teen: Get Exercise, Have Fun, Eat Good Food, etc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this to use with some of my adolescents who struggle with depression in therapy sessions. Most of the students feel it reads like a dictionary and is not very engaging.Published 10 months ago by CrimsonandBlue
Excellent resource for parents and teens. Filled with good information and advice. Written in plain language for the non-medical professional to understand.Published 21 months ago by Susan F
My daughter read this book while in an acute psychiatric care facility and she really connected with it. I read it at her request and I am very thankful that I did. Read morePublished on October 22, 2014 by James D. Weatherly
I liked the book, the supportive and easy-to-read style, but some of the values it expressed were not consistent with my own. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Kris Crowther
An uplifting book for teens and parents on how to treat depression in their teens. Parents should always stay one step ahead on their teens feelings/thoughts/actions.Published on June 10, 2013 by U_2
Came in perfect condition with super fast shipping. Very helpful and easy for teens to understand. Also has a lot of stories from teens with real life scenarios that make it easy... Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Geri R
The book is good and exactly what I expected, I will use this as a reference in my work. Very helpful.Published on April 28, 2013 by Vonne
I am concerned with what I believe to be letting depressed teens decide for themselves what is best for themselves in their treatments. Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by Beverly C. Norelius