Incorporating the latest research from the field of adolescent psychiatry, this comprehensive and compassionate guide answers questions that many parents have, including
· What are the symptoms of depression in teenagers? · How is depression diagnosed?· What is the difference between depression and bipolar disorder, and which does my child have? · How can I find the best mental health professional team for my child? · What kinds of counseling and psychotherapy are available? · Are medications safe, and how does a doctor choose a medication for my child?· What can I do if my adolescent is using alcohol, crystal meth, marijuana, or other substances?· How do autism and Asperger’s syndrome, eating disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, ADHD, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder interact with depression? · What should I do if I sense that my child is in danger? · With all of this going on, how can I take care of myself?-- Marcia Slomowitz, MD
People with borderline personality disorder have problems coping with almost everything, and therefore anything can provoke them to impulsive actions, angry outbursts, and self-destructive behaviors. Their personal relationships are simultaneously overly dependent and strained, if not openly hostile, and frequently explosive. Incorporating the latest research and thinking on the disorder, Johns Hopkins psychiatrists Francis Mark Mondimore and Patrick Kelly conceptualize it in an original way. They explain that symptoms are the result of biological and behavioral problems, extremes of temperament, and impaired psychological coping, all of which may have a relationship with traumatic life events.
The authors advocate a therapeutic approach incorporating compassion and optimism in the face of what is often a tumultuous disease. With proper treatment, people with borderline personality disorder can enjoy long remissions and improved quality of life.