The Unhappy Child

The Unhappy Child

What Every Parent Needs to Know

Book - 2006
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Random House, Inc.
There are millions of children in this country who spend most of their days feeling more unhappy than happy, and their parents haven’t a clue as to why. These chronically unhappy children may be on their way to developing a depressive disorder.
In this important and completely accessible book, Dr. Kenneth N. Condrell teaches both parents and mental health professionals the ten most common, yet sometimes not-so-obvious causes of childhood unhappiness. More important, he offers practical solutions — solutions that can help troubled children and protect them from a lifetime of unhappiness.
Not only parents but school administrators, guidance and teaching personnel, pediatric office staff, and mental health professionals will greatly benefit from Dr. Condrell’s 35 years of experience helping children with emotional problems.
Readers will actually hear from the mouths of children what makes them unhappy. By using actual quotes from kids whom Dr. Condrell has treated, this unusually insightful book bridges the separate worlds of the growing child and parents, so mom and dad can discover the secret pain that children are so good at keeping from them.
Parents are often at a loss as to how they can help a child who looks and acts unhappy most of the time or makes statements such as:
"I wish I was dead."
"I’m going to kill myself."
"I hate myself."
"Nothing ever good happens to me."
This book will make parents aware of the kinds of experiences that cause children to become unhappy. With this knowledge parents can be proactive and protect their sons and daughters from entering a state of unhappiness that places them at risk for becoming depressed and possibly developing into depressed adults.

Book News
Condrell (psychiatry, State U. of New York at Buffalo), a child psychologist and family therapist, explains how to figure out why a child is unhappy and ways to aid them in being happy again. He describes contributing factors such as divorce, parental depression or fighting, feelings of failure, lack of friends, favoritism and permissiveness, stepfamilies, sibling abuse, and parental anger, and advice on different methods to overcome these problems. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781591024194
1591024196
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 22 cm

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