- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 8, 2001

Books

• "'Help Me, I'm Sad': Recognizing, Treating and Preventing Childhood and Adolescent Depression," by Dr. David G. Fassler and Lynne S. Dumas, Penguin Books, 1997. This book provides practical information for parents who have, or suspect they may have, a depressed child or adolescent. Dr. Fassler, a child psychiatrist, is also the chairman of the American Psychiatric Association's Council on Children, Adolescents and Their Families.

• "Growing Up Sad: Childhood Depression and Its Treatment," by Dr. Leon Cytryn and Dr. Donald M. McKnew, W.W. Norton & Co., 1998. These clinicians and researchers refer to studies and their own experiences to discuss depression and the care and futures of all children who are afflicted.

Associations

• The National Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers assistance and insight to parents and families in understanding developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting young people. Address: 3615 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016. Phone: 202/966-7300. Web site: www.aacap.org.

• The National Mental Health Association is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness, including information on depression screening. There are more than 340 affiliates nationwide. The headquarters are located at 1021 Prince St., Alexandria, Va. 22314. Phone: 703/684-7722. Reach the Mental Health Information Center at 800/969-NMHA. Web site: www.nmha.org.

Online

• Wing of Madness Depression Community's Web site (www.wingofmadness.com), created by a sufferer of chronic depression, is full of information about and for other sufferers, including children.

• The National Association of School Psychologists has a Web site (www.nasponline.org) with various materials and checklists on childhood depression.

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