Your Questions Answered

by Romeo Vitelli


Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness, affecting approximately 20 percent of teens and 6.5 percent of adults in the United States.

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June 2019


Pages 121
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General
  Health & Wellness/General

Introduces the topic of depression, especially as it relates to teens and young adults. The information, guidance, and resources offered are valuable tools for anyone personally grappling with depression or who has a friend or family member who is.

How is depression different from sadness, and why are some individuals more predisposed to depression than others? What happens in the brain when we're depressed? What medications and options for therapy are available, and what side effects can antidepressants have? How can you help a friend or loved one experiencing depression?

Depression: Your Questions Answered, a part of Greenwood's Q&A Health Guides series, provides clear, concise answers to these and many other questions young readers may have regarding this difficult and often misunderstood topic. Each book in this series follows a reader-friendly question-and-answer format that anticipates readers' needs and concerns. Prevalent myths and misconceptions are identified and dispelled, and a collection of case studies illustrates key concepts and issues through relatable stories and insightful recommendations. The book also includes a section on health literacy, equipping teens and young adults with practical tools and strategies for finding, evaluating, and using credible sources of health information both on and off the internet—important skills that contribute to a lifetime of healthy decision-making.


    Makes the subject accessible to readers by means of a simple Q&A formatHelps readers hone their research and critical thinking skills in a Guide to Health Literacy sectionProvides real-world examples of concepts discussed in the book through case studiesDispels popular misconceptions in a Common Myths section and directs readers towards accurate information Points readers towards additional books, organizations, and websites for further study and research in an annotated directory of resources
Series Description

Q&A Health Guides

All of us have questions about our health. Is this normal? Should I be doing something differently? Whom should I talk to about my concerns?

Greenwood's Q&A Health Guides series addresses the questions and concerns of young readers on a wide variety of physical and mental health topics in an authoritative yet still accessible way. Each title follows a simple question-and-answer format that makes finding accurate information fast and easy. A collection of engaging case studies offers real-world insights, while a guide to common myths and misconceptions dispels the most pervasive and potentially dangerous misinformation about a topic. Each volume is rounded out with a primer on health literacy to equip readers with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need for a lifetime of healthy living.

Author Info

Romeo Vitelli received his doctorate in psychology from York University in Toronto, Ontario, in 1987. He spent 15 years as a staff psychologist in Millbrook Correctional Centre, a maximum-security prison run by the Ontario government. In 2003, he went into full-time private practice, and he remains an active blogger and author. His previously published books include Self-Injury: Your Questions Answered and Substance Abuse: Your Questions Answered, both a part of Greenwood's Q&A Health Guides series.

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