Beyond the Blues: A Workbook to Help Teens Overcome Depression

Beyond the Blues: A Workbook to Help Teens Overcome Depression

by Lisa M. Schab LCSW
Beyond the Blues: A Workbook to Help Teens Overcome Depression

Beyond the Blues: A Workbook to Help Teens Overcome Depression

by Lisa M. Schab LCSW


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Many people experience depression at one time or another in their lives, but during the adolescent years, the vast number of physical, emotional, and mental changes that occur make teens even more susceptible to feelings of confusion or sadness. However your depression originates, you must to learn to handle it so that you can manage the stresses of daily life.

The activities in Beyond the Blues can help you cope with sad and difficult feelings, find new ways to make friends, and deal with conflicts. Little by little and on your own schedule, you can make small changes in your life that will lead you to a brighter, more enjoyable future. Since everyone is different and heals in slightly different ways, this book presents a wide variety of exercises.

Know that as you work through this book, you are doing something good for yourself. You are learning to cope with your feelings and take care of yourself in a healthy way. You can learn to manage depression just like you learned to tie your shoes or read and write. Just give it a chance and be patient with yourself. You deserve to feel good, and you will if you keep working at it!

If you're feeling depressed, don't be afraid to reach out for help.This workbook offers things you can do, both on your own and with a counselor, to start feeling more like yourself again.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572246119
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Series: Instant Help for Teens Series
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 445,634
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lisa M. Schab, LCSW, is a practicing psychotherapist in the greater Chicago, IL, area; and author of 20 self-help books, including The Anxiety Workbook for TeensThe Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens and the teen guided journals, Put Your Worries Here and Put Your Feelings Here. She has been interviewed as an expert on the Milwaukee television stations WTMJ-TV and WISN-TV, by The New York Times, Scholastic Choices magazine, Teen Vogue, Psych Central, and Kate Shannon’s Creative Therapy Umbrella podcast. Schab has authored regular mental health columns for Chicago Parent Magazine and The Sun Newspapers. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Defining Depression     3
Symptoms of Depression     6
Causes of Depression     9
Winter Blues     13
The Negative Effects of Alcohol and Street Drugs     17
Choosing Positive Thoughts     21
The Power of Perspective     27
Learning to Let Go     31
The Gift of the Moment     36
Higher-Power Help     40
Healthy Self-Esteem     43
Feeling Loved     47
Believing in Yourself     51
Asserting Yourself     54
Using Social Skills     58
Talking Tips from AL     63
Good Communication Skills     69
Managing Conflict and Disagreements     75
Problem-Solving Skills     80
Act on the A's to Manage Stress     86
Looking Beyond the Battle     92
Coping with Change     95
Rejection, Dejection, and Trying Again     99
Coping with Loss     103
Getting Outside Yourself     108
Staying Active     113
Food to Help Your Mood     117
Exercise and Depression     122
Breathwork     127
Creative Expression     131
Support People     135
Professional Counseling     138
Group Support     142
Working as a Family     145
Weighing the Consequences     149
Sharing Your Feelings     154
An Emergency Plan     158
Signing a Contract     162
Hotlines to Help     166
The Power of Hope     170
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