Child Psychology and Development For Dummies

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A complete and comprehensive guide to why kids behave and think the way they do-and how to bring out the best in them.

In the U.S., more than 10% of children are diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, while countless others remain undiagnosed. Defining what is "normal" and what is not is of great concern to anyone who works with, guides, nurtures, teaches, or parents children.

With new discoveries in mental disorders that affect children, Child Psychology & Development For Dummies provides an informational guide to cognitive development at every stage of a child's life, as well as how to diagnose, treat, and overcome the cognitive barriers that impede learning and development.

  • How to identify and treat mental disorders
  • Covers behavior disorders, autism, attention deficit disorder, reading disabilities, bipolar disorder, and more
  • Guidance on helping a child control impulses, develop self esteem, and have good relationships

An essential guide for parents, teachers, and caregivers, Child Psychology & Development For Dummies provides a detailed overview of an average child's cognitive development, how to detect abnormalities, and what to do next.

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About the author

Laura L. Smith, PhD, is a clinical and school psychologist. Charles H. Elliott, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Together they have written several books, including Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies.

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Feb 9, 2011
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781118032213
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / General
Psychology / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
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This content is DRM protected.
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Charles H. Elliott
Your clear, compassionate guide to managing BPD — and living well

Looking for straightforward information on Borderline Personality Disorder? This easy-to-understand guide helps those who have BPD develop strategies for breaking the destructive cycle. This book also aids loved ones in accepting the disorder and offering support. Inside you'll find authoritative details on the causes of BPD and proven treatments, as well as advice on working with therapists, managing symptoms, and enjoying a full life.

Review the basics of BPD — discover the symptoms of BPD and the related emotional problems, as well as the cultural, biological, and psychological causes of the disease

Understand what goes wrong — explore impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, identity problems, relationship conflicts, black-and-white thinking, and difficulties in perception; and identify the areas where you may need help

Make the choice to change — find the right care provider, overcome common obstacles to change, set realistic goals, and improve your physical and emotional state

Evaluate treatments for BPD — learn about the current treatments that really work and develop a plan for addressing the core symptoms of BPD

If someone you love has BPD — see how to identify triggers, handle emotional upheavals, set clear boundaries, and encourage your loved one to seek therapy

Open the book and find:

The major characteristics of BPD

Who gets BPD — and why

Recent treatment advances

Illuminating case studies

Strategies for calming emotions and staying in control

A discussion of medication options

Ways to stay healthy during treatment

Tips for explaining BPD to others

Help for parents whose child exhibits symptoms

Treatment options that work and those you should avoid

Elaine Iljon Foreman
Anxiety and depression affect over 10% of the population.  They can become debilitating conditions if not managed carefully so there are thousands of people looking for advice on how to keep their symptoms under control.  Anxiety & Depression Workbook For Dummies provides readers with practical exercises and worksheets to help them analyse their thinking patterns and overcome the issues that are holding them back.  The workbook format is ideal for those wanting to track their progress and make positive changes to both their mental and physical health.

Anxiety & Depression Workbook For Dummies, UK Edition covers:

Part I: Recognising and Recording Anxiety and Depression
Chapter 1: Spotting the Signs of Anxiety and Depression
Chapter 2: Digging Up the Roots of Your Worries
Chapter 3: Overcoming Obstacles to Change
Chapter 4: Monitoring Your Moods 

Part II: Understanding Your Thinking: Cognitive Therapy
Chapter 5: Viewing Things A Different Way
Chapter 6: Challenging and Changing Thoughts
Chapter 7: Seeing Clearly: Gaining A New Perspective
Chapter 8: Maintaining Awareness and Achieving Acceptance

Part III: Taking Action: Behaviour Therapy
Chapter 9: Facing Feelings: Avoiding Avoidance
Chapter 10: Lifting Your Spirits With Exercise
Chapter 11: Taking Pleasure from Leisure
Chapter 12: Just Do It! – Tackling Life’s Problems

Part IV: Feeling It Where It Hurts: Healing the Body
Chapter 13: Taking the Relaxation Route
Chapter 14: Making Your Mind Up About Medication

Part V: Revitalising Relationships
Chapter 15: Working on Relationships
Chapter 16: Smoothing Out Conflict

Part VI: Life Beyond Anxiety and Depression
Chapter 17: Reducing the Risk of Relapse
Chapter 18: Promoting The Positive

Part VII: The Part of Tens
Chapter 19: Ten Helpful Resources
Chapter 20: Ten Terrific Tips

Laura L. Smith
"What do you have to be depressed about?" Bet you've heard that one before. Or how about, "You're depressed? Just get over it!" Easier said than done, right? Or here's a favorite, "They have a pill for that now, you know."

Unfortunately, such naïve armchair psychology rarely works for someone suffering from the very real plight of depression. All it does is seek to trivialize depression and characterize depressed people as "whiners" who have nothing better to do than to "complain about their lives." But the truth is, depression is a very real problem. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that, on any given day, 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. And depression rates continue to increase – for example, kids exhibit depression at nearly ten times the rate of previous generations. Theories abound as to why depression rates are increasing, but regardless of the cause, this scourge continues to rob its victims of happiness, joy, and the capacity to give and receive love.

So why Depression For Dummies, when there's already a glut of self-help books on the market peddling so-called cures and remedies for depression? Because this book satisfies the need for a straight-talking, no-nonsense resource on depression. The only agenda of Depression For Dummies is to present you with the facts on depression and explain the options for dealing with it. Rest assured, this is no infomercial in a yellow and black cover.

Here's just a sampling of what you'll find in Depression For Dummies:

Demystifying the types of depression Discovering what goes on in the body of a depressed person Detecting and diagnosing depression Seeking help through therapy and medication Modifying depressed behavior and solving life's headaches Dealing with depression resulting from grief and relationship issues Cutting through the hype of alternative treatments for depression Moving beyond depression: Avoiding relapses and pursuing a happy life Top Ten lists on getting rid of a your bad mood and helping your kids and other family members out of depression

So, whatever your level of depression – whether you suffer from occasional bouts or you find yourself seriously debilitated by depression – Depression For Dummies can give you the insight and tools you need to once again find enjoyment and happiness in life. All it takes is one step.

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