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Title:
Children of the depressed : healing the childhood wounds that come from growing up with a depressed parent
Author:
Bennett, Shoshana S.
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Publication Information:
Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, Inc., [2014]
Physical Description:
vi, 177 pages, 2 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
" Have you ever wondered, Why am I so negative? or Why is my life so chaotic? Whether or not your parent was ever formally diagnosed with depression, you've probably always known there was something different about your upbringing. And even though you've grown up and moved on, you may still feel the after-effects of living with your parent's illness. In Children of the Depressed, a depression expert helps adult children understand and overcome common problems that stem from growing up with a depressed parent, such as poor communication skills and negative self-talk. Using skills and practices rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), you will learn to shed the old dynamics and ways of thinking that have been weighing you down and keeping you from enjoying healthy relationships and the life you deserve. Most books on depression only focus on getting help for the depressed person. This book is written for you, the adult child of parents with who have struggled with depression. You need emotional healing after a dysfunctional childhood, and most importantly-you need an opportunity for your voice to be heard. You don't have to become stuck in the past. By identifying and recognizing the feelings you experienced at a young age, you will start laying the groundwork for a happier and healthier life-socially, physically, emotionally, and psychologically"--

"In Children of the Depressed, a depression expert helps adult children understand and overcome common problems that stem from growing up with a depressed parent, such as poor communication skills and negative self-talk. Using skills and practices rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), readers will learn to shed the old dynamics and ways of thinking that have been weighing them down. By identifying and recognizing the feelings they experienced at a young age, readers will start laying the groundwork for a happier and healthier life--socially, physically, emotionally, and psychologically"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781608829644
Format :
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Have you ever wondered,Why am I so negative? orWhy is my life so chaotic? Whether or not your parent was ever formally diagnosed with depression, you've probably always known there was something different about your upbringing. And even though you've grown up and moved on, you may still feel the after-effects of living with your parent's illness.

InChildren of the Depressed, a depression expert helps adult children understand and overcome common problems that stem from growing up with a depressed parent, such as poor communication skills and negative self-talk. Using skills and practices rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), you will learn to shed the old dynamics and ways of thinking that have been weighing you down and keeping you from enjoying healthy relationships and the life you deserve.

Most books on depression only focus on getting help for the depressed person. This book is written for you, the adult child of parents with who have struggled with depression. You need emotional healing after a dysfunctional childhood, and most importantly--you need an opportunity for your voice to be heard.

You don't have to become stuck in the past. By identifying and recognizing the feelings you experienced at a young age, you will start laying the groundwork for a happier and healthier life--socially, physically, emotionally, and psychologically.


Author Notes

Shoshana S. Bennett, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and pioneer in the field of parental depression and its effects on children. She is the author of several books, including Postpartum Depression for Dummies.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
1 When Your Parent Is Depressedp. 9
2 Depression and the Familyp. 25
3 Opening the Door to a Happier, Healthier Youp. 43
4 Thinking Better About Yourselfp. 59
5 Feeling Better by Feeling Morep. 81
6 What to Do and What Not to Do on Your Journey of Healingp. 99
7 Negotiating Your Way to Better Boundaries and Relationshipsp. 115
8 The Patient Path to Wellnessp. 135
9 Stepping Back to Have Peace in the Presentp. 151
10 Finding the Silver Linings in Parental Depressionp. 165
Referencesp. 179