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Document Typology: Book
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: So young, so sad, so listen
Name of author(s): Phillip Graham
Name of publisher: Gwent bibliotherapy library
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
It is pretty much a perfect book for a G.P to recommend to parents to read and then for the parents to leave lying around in the home. The page layout, and the witty cartoons, might introduce just enough humour to break silences within the family context. One feels very much in the hands of experienced practitioners. The direct style – a lack of jargon – and the straightforward ‘developmental’ structure the authors impose on an emotive issue is engagingly pitched. Statistics appear infrequently but do not underline the life-threatening nature of depression. There are 2 very good flow chart diagrams – ‘Action Sheets’ – one for parents and one for teachers which could be usefully photocopied as aide-memoirs for school health nurses, GP’s and indeed, parents. There is a good index and suggestions for further reading. Names and addresses of relevant organisations are also listed.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The ‘treatments’ chapter gives a good descriptive context of a Child and Adolescent Mental Health clinic and the medical option is the last described, giving the cognitive and talking therapies space and case history support.
This book is intended to help parents and teachers of depressed children as well as social workers, health visitors and family doctors. Perhaps some teenagers will also find it useful. The aim is to help those involved to recognise the signs of depression in children and to understand the possible causes. The authors provide practical advice and information about the support and help you can give.
All children experience occasional feelings of loneliness, sadness, and anger. However, when these feelings are so strong and so prolonged that they appear to overwhelm the child, the possibility of childhood depression must be considered. Parental pedagogy define depression in straightforward terms and explain how depression differs from the normal "ups and downs" of life. They describe what kinds of behaviors signal
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