From the Series USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects the lives of millions. Statistics from the World Health Organization show that about 121 million people worldwide are clinically depressed. The symptoms of depression go far beyond just feeling sad. It is a serious disorder that can make it difficult for sufferers to cope with daily life. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. “Major depression affects more than 5 percent of teens and is linked with suicide, substance abuse and other serious problems. Yet it often goes undiagnosed and untreated,” explains USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper. The good news is that available treatments such as medication and psychotherapy can help most people with depression to lead normal, healthy lives.

In this book, you’ll follow the stories of five young people who suffer from depression. You’ll learn about the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of depression and discover coping strategies and available treatments. All of these facts will give you the information you need to recognize and understand depression and its treatment. Identifying depression in yourself, a friend, or a family member is the first step toward recovery.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN051060, YAN024100, YAN050010
Dewey 616.85'27
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.125 x 9
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Wendy Moragne

Wendy Moragne is a former teacher and writer who now practices as an attorney. Her work includes Depression (USAT Health Reports, 2011).

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USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders

Developed in partnership with USA TODAY, one of the most read newspapers in the world and the No. 1 newspaper in the United States, this easy-to-read medical series focuses on some of today’s most topical diseases, disorders, and… View available downloads →


The Horn Book Guide

“Each volume does a solid job in describing a particular health concern and its symptoms, explaining its impact on individuals (personal case studies are included) and society as a whole, and outlining various forms of treatment.” —The Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal

“Solid additions for libraries in need of fresh looks at these diseases and disorders.” —School Library Journal