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Why Are You So Sad? A Child's Book About Parental Depression

Author: Beth Andrews LCSW

About.com Rating 5 Star Rating


Updated November 02, 2012

Why Are You So Sad? A Child's Book About Parental Depression
Is your child confused or upset because you don't feel up to doing things with them like you used to? "Why Are You So Sad? A Child's Book About Parental Depression" is written in easy to understand language that will help children understand what their parent's depression is and how to cope with their feelings about it.

Mom's Point of View

This book was written at a level that was easy to read and engaging for my eight-year-old daughter Lauren. A younger child would enjoy having it read to them as they looked at the colorful illustrations. After she was finished reading it, she was able to answer questions about the basics of depression symptoms, how it might be treated and what she could do if she felt upset or confused about her parent's depression. She enjoyed the fact that she could draw pictures and do other activities throughout the book. I liked the fact that there were helpful notes in the back of the book that the parent or other caregiver could use to guide the child in understanding the content of the book. I would not hesitate to recommend this book.

Lauren's Point of View

What I liked about this book:

  1. You can do stuff like draw pictures.
  2. It helps you understand when your parents do bad stuff because they are depressed.
  3. You can learn what depression is and what to do about it.

I would tell kids to buy this book if their parent was depressed.

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