Can I Catch It Like a Cold?
Coping with a Parent's Depression
Publication Date: April 28, 2009
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Young Alex's father had been a policeman until he began to suffer from depression, perhaps the most common mental health issue we face. Alex's questions are those that are often asked by the children of parents who have depression: is the parent simply lazy? Does he no longer care? And is it something I can catch, like a cold?
In simple, straightforward language, the book explains what depression is and how it is treated. It also prepares a child for working with a helping professional. And perhaps most important, it reassures a child that he or she is not alone.
Written by Canada's foremost experts in the field, this is an important book to spur discussion and allay fears of those affected by depression.
Joe Weissmann was born in Austria and came to Canada at the age of eleven. He studied art at the Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal and Concordia University. An award-winning illustrator, Joe works for both book and magazine publishers in Canada and the United States. His many books include The Bug Book and Bottle, The Bird Book and Feeder, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and Mummies, Monsters, Ghosts, and Magic. He lives in rural Ontario with his wife, two dogs and three cats.
“In simple, straightforward language, this book explains what depression is, how it’s treated, and prepares a child for working with a counselor. Research shows that if [children] understand their parents’ depression, [they] do better later in life. According to this excellent book, good communication within the family helps children develop healthy coping skills, and make positive choices in difficult situations. Encouraging children to start talking is one of the most important things you can do for them.”