The Suicide of My Son: The Story of Childhood Depression

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After the suicide death of her teenage son Ben, author and lecturer Trudy Carlson sheds light into the little-understood symptoms of depressive illness and anxiety disorders in youngsters. Using her son's dual condition as example, she takes a reasonable, no-fault approach to explain the biological nature of these conditions, and maps out a low-cost, effective school based program for recognizing and treating school-aged youth. The correlation between depressive illness and teen suicide is examined. A fresh approach and practical guide for parents and teachers everywhere.

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The book for everyone who asks, "What causes a young person to take his ownlife?" A must read for anyone interested in the emotional problems plaguingtoday's youth.

An important book forParents wanting to know if their child or any child they love is at risk of hurting themselves. Suicide happens in good families, to sensitive loving children of devoted parents as well as to families in crisis. Teachers wanting to develop effective programs for the 39% of young people today who experience a mild to severe case of depression. This book describes effectively methods of helping youth to cope with their problems.

Health Care Professionals wanting to identify the symptoms associated with high risk of self-injurious behavior. Current research points to heightened anxiety along with depression as an important indicator of risk. This book suggests a program and addresses treatment of anxiety as well as depression.

Students wanting to understand the symptoms of depression as they appear in theyoung. Although depression is essentially the same illness regardless of age, depression looks differently in children and adolescents than it does in adults.

You have to publish your book. If more people would be familiar with how to treat young bipolar patients with small amounts of lithium, it would reduce the death rate enormously.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross M.D. This book is important for every parent and teacher to read. It is a first-handaccount of a youngster's death by suicide. It's profound message is a first step toward understanding and saving other youngsters. Barry D. Garfinkel, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C) Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Medical School, Univerisity of Minnesota

Trudy Carlson, M.S. operates small health care facilities. She taught university classes in child, adolescent and developmental psychology; the psychology of the exceptional child, personality and mental hygiene and others. Her fourteen-year-old son committed suicide.

Through the profoundly moving story of one victim's life, the author illustrates the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorder in young persons. Any adult interested in the youth of today will find this book enlightening.

About the Author:

Trudy Carlson

Born: Fredonia, Wisconsin (just north of Milwaukee)

Marital Status: Married with two children, a daughter and the son who died

Education: 1962-64 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh 1964-66 University of Wisconsin - Madison B .S. Psychology 1967-70 University of Wisconsin M. S. Behavioral Disabilities Profession Teaching Elementary School 1966-67 Madison Public Schools 1967-69 Sun Prairie Public Schools 1969-70 Eau Claire Public Schools

Professional Teaching: College

1970-73 University of Wisconsin - Stout 1973-75 College of St. Scholastica Duluth, MN.

Courses taught include: child psychology, adolescent psychology, developmental psychology, the psychology of the exceptional child, personality and mental hygiene, educational psychology, the psychology of man and seminar topics for advanced students.

1976-Present Owns and operates Caromin House Inc., small health care facilities for developmentally disabled adults

Books Published --

Suicide Survivors Handbook: A Guide to the Bereaved and Those who Wish to Help Them

The Suicide of My Son: A Story of Childhood Depression

Tragedy, Finding a Hidden Meaning: How to Transform the Tragedies in Your Life into Personal Growth

Learning Disabilities: How to Recognize and Manage, Learning and Behavioral Problems in Children

Ben's Story: The Depression, ADHD, and Anxiety Disorder That Caused His Suicide

Depression in the Young: What We can Do to Help Them

Books: Forthcoming

Suicide Prevention -- Can It Be Done?

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