The following resources are of varying degrees of assistance.
This site highly recommends the Cytryn/McKnew and
books for information on child depression.
The Jamison and
excellent, but very different, resources for depression as it
relates to suicide. As to
websites, the materials from the
National Institutes of Mental Health are the most basic and
useful. A new site by the American Psychiatric
Association and the
If you find a useful publication or website, don’t keep it to yourself. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add it to our list.
Important note about links: This site is frequently asked to list a URL link to another website which the other site always claims would be helpful to you. The pitch is that if The Depressed Child lists their site, then they will list ours. Sometimes these sites soliciting listing seem worthwhile and The Depressed Child will list those sites happily. Usually, though, the pitch comes from a for-profit site (which by itself isn't either good or bad) with irrelevant information, useless information or totally untested “cures” for depression. We never list such sites, regardless of what the site is offering to us. The reason for this kind of exchange is to get a higher ranking on Google and other search engines, which use as a criterion for ranking in a search how often a site is linked on other sites. This, of course, puts a premium on listing, not on content. This is also a reason why The Depressed Child often ranks so low on your searches, depending on your search words. We probably could get a little higher ranking if we played this game, but we ask: What is the point of a high Google ranking if the content is junk?
If you, a parent or friend of a depressed child, find a helpful site, please e-mail it to us with a sentence or two about why you found it helpful. YOUR recommendation is the one that counts.
Mental Health Screening
The National Mental Health Association has a depression screening test at http://www.depression-screening.org which might give you a clue if your child is possibly depressed. It is not sufficient to diagnose depression, but may indicate if you should seek professional help soon. According to The Washington Post, the Center for Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network (800-789-2647 or www.mentalhealth.org is a government-supported service offering confidential referrals to nearby public health facilities. The National Mental Health Association (703-684-7722 or 800-969-6642 or http://www.nmha.org also provides information and referral. The National Hopeline Network (800-784-2433) automatically connects callers to certified counselors at nearby crisis centers 24 hours a day, according to The Post. We can't vouch for these places and would appreciate feedback from anyone who uses them -- how much does the screening cost, does it seem reliable and useful, etc.
Mental Health Associations
National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Surgeon General. Mental Health :Depression and Suicide in Children and Adolescents
American Psychiatric Association.
Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental
Disorders (Fourth Edition) (“DSM-IV”). APA,
DePaulo , Dr. J. Raymond Jr. and Horvitz, Leslie Alan. Understanding Depression. John Wiley & Sons. 2002.
Empfield, Maureen, M.D.
and Bakalar , Nicholas.
Understanding Teenage Depression:
A Guide to
Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management.
Henry Holt & Co.,
G., M.D. and Dumas, Lynne S.,
Help Me, I’m Sad:
Recognizing, Treating and Preventing Childhood and Adolescent
Depression. Penguin Putnam, Inc.,
Ingersoll, Barbara D., Ph.D. and
Goldstein, Sara, Ph.D.,
Lonely, Sad and
Angry: A Parent’s
Guide to Depression in Children and Adolescents.
Jamison, Kay Redfield.
Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide.
Riley, Douglas A., M.D.
The Depressed Child: A
Parent's Guide for
Shamoo, Tania K.
I Want to Kill
Your Child Cope with
Depression and Suicidal Thoughts .
D.C. Heath &
Recommended by our site visitors:
Papolos , Demitri , M.D., Papolos , Janice. The Bipolar Child. Broadway House, 1999. “The only book (that I have found) that is exclusively about children with this illness. It is extremely thorough and deals with everything from treatment, the impact on families, insurance and how to deal with school.”
Dudman , Martha
athealth.com, “Depression in Children and Adolescents”:
Fava , M. and Rosenbaum, J.F. “Anger Attacks in Patients with Depression.” Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 1999; 60 Suppl. 15:1-4.
Katz, M.M., Koslow, S.H. and Frazer, A. “Onset of Antidepressant Activity: Reexamining the Structure of Depression and Multiple Actions of Drugs.” Depression/Anxiety, 1996-97, pp. 57-67.
The above link only reaches the Medical Library search page. Enter Katz and Koslow to find the article.
Library of the National Medical Society. http://www.medical-library.org This site links to a great deal of material. You must pay for access, but the annual cost is only about ten dollars. If you want to see generalized or specialized articles from a large collection of professional journals at a small price, this is a very useful site. (When it asks for password, click that a couple of times and you should bypass it).
McMan's Depression and Bipolar Web: Lots of information on this site, well-organized and attractively presented. It is a general depression and bipolar site, with some categories directed at these illnesses in children.
Mourilehe P. and Stokes, P.E. “Risks and Benefits of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors in the Treatment of Depression”. Drug Safety. Jan. 1998.
Northern County Psychiatric
Rabiner , David, M.D., “The Emotional Experience of Children With ADHD”
Reactive Attachment Disorder website: A website operated by parents of kids with RAD, a relatively new DSM IV disorder in which kids fail to relate normally with parents and sometimes others. The cause is lack of trust. The result can be rage behavior.
Son, Sung E., M.D. and Kirchner, Jeffrey T., D.O., “Depression in Children and Adolescents”, American Family Physician, Nov. 15, 2000, Vol. 62/No. 10.
Teencentral : A variety of material on issues of importance to teen-agers, plus personal essays, chat, etc. Not mental health specific, but perhaps useful.
Uncommon Knowledge, Ltd.:
Weinberg, Warren A., M.D., Harper, Caryn R., M.D., Emslie , Graham J., M.D. and Brumback , Roger A., Md. “Depression and Other Affective Illnesses as a Cause of School Failure and Maladaption in Learning Disabled Children, Adolescents and Young Adults.” Chapter 15, Secondary Education and Beyond.
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