Psych Central Reviews

Reviews Home » Disorders » Depression » The Depressed Child
Learn more about the book, The Depressed Child

The Depressed Child

The Depressed Child: A Parent’s Guide for Rescuing Kids

By emphasizing how parents can talk to their children about thoughts and feelings, exploring how children develop negative beliefs about themselves, and teaching parents how to help their children change those hopeless self-perceptions, this book outlines practical methods that parents and children together can use to find solutions to the dark thoughts that plague so many young people today.

This is a must-have book for any parent with a depressed child or teen.

“For children and adolescents, the depressive state makes them feel like astronauts whose tethers have been cut, and they are drifting in space,” the author writes in this interesting book. He not only explains how to identify the symptoms of depression and the “negative beliefs” “no one will ever like me,” “I am made of inferior stuff,” “death is an option,” and so on that are so often at its core, but also provides tools for what he terms “Planning the Rescue Mission.”

As Publisher’s Weekly notes, ten brief but thorough chapters cover the most common negative beliefs that trigger depression and such companion problems as substance abuse, prematurely intense relationships (what he calls “miniature marriages”) that blindside adolescents when they come to an end, and suicide. Riley illustrates each point with case studies that offer readers a chance to learn from his dialogues with his patients. He suggests strategies for everything from closing “the physical distance between you and your child” in order to soothe and encourage them, to some particular lines of questioning for uncovering negative beliefs, to the crucial, often overlooked act of listening (“your ears cannot be fully open until your mouth is fully shut”).

Softcover, 208 pages.

The Depressed Child

Psych Central's Recommendation:
Worth Your Time! +++

Your Recommendation: (if you've read this book)
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Want to buy the book or learn more?
Check out the book on!
(All links to provide a small affiliate fee to us if you decide to purchase the book.)

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2016). The Depressed Child. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 26, 2020, from
Scientifically Reviewed
Last updated: 17 May 2016
Last reviewed: By a member of our scientific advisory board on 17 May 2016
Published on Psych All rights reserved.