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Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J DenBoer, Helen Please Don't Cry, Mom
Because his mother is sad all the time, Stephen and his father learn about depression and how to cope with his mother's illness.
J GOLDS Golds, Cassandra Clair-de-Lune
This debut novel tells the enchanting tale of a young ballerina who cannot speak, living with her grandmother in a peculiar old building. There she meets a remarkable talking mouse who introduces her to a hidden world inside the building.
J Kroll, Virginia L. My Sister, Then and Now
Ten-year-old Rachael describes how her twenty year old sister's schizophrenia has affected the family and expresses her own feelings of sadness and anger.
J MCCOR McCord, Patircia Pictures in the Dark
Sisters Carlie and Sarah live in Spokane, Washington. It's the 1950s and the Nevilles seem like the perfect family---Dad runs a floor-cleaning business, and Mom takes care of the girls. But something is wrong, and no matter how careful Sarah and Carlie are, they never know what might make their mother fly into a rage.
J SCHEC Schechter, Lynn R. My Big Fat Secret: How Jenna Takes Control of Her Emotions and Eating
Through email exchanges with her cousin, best friend, parents, and school counselor, twelve-year-old Jenna reveals a growing awareness of the causes of her emotional overeating and what she is doing to take control.
J152.47 HUEBN Huebner, Dawn What to Do When Your Temper Flares
Did you know that anger is like fire? It starts with a spark, igniting us with energy and purpose. But it can also blaze out of control, causing lots of problems.
J152.47 SHAPI Shapiro, Lawrence Arnold Gets Angry: An Emotional Literacy Book
Everyone gets angry sometimes. Anger is a difficult feeling for many children to manage, but this book can help. In this insightful book, Arnold and his friends learn about what makes them angry...and how to control their anger by talking about it to frie
J152.47 SHAPI Shapiro, Lawrence I'm Not Bad, I'm Just Mad
J155.232 HUEBN2007 Huebner, Dawn What to Do When You Grumble Too Much
Metaphors and illustrations help kids see life's hurdles in a new way, while drawing and writing activities help them master skills to get over those hurdles. And step-by-step instructions point the way toward becoming happier, more positive kids.
J155.4 HELME Helmer, Diana Star Let's Talk about When Your Mom or Dad Is Unhappy
Explains the difference between being sad and being clinically depressed and discusses ways a child can deal with having a parent who is sad or depressed.
J155.4 HUEBN Huebner, Dawn What to Do When Bad Habits Take Hold
Guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat a variety of habits.
J155.41246 HUEBN Huebner, Dawn What to Do When You Worry Too Much
Metaphors and humorous illustrations make difficult concepts easy to understand, while prompts to draw and write help children to master new skills related to reducing anxiety.
J155.4126 BURON Dunn, Kari When my Worries Get too Big!: A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety
Presents ways for young children with anxiety to recognize when they are losing control and constructive ways to deal with it.
J155.418 PLUMM Plummer, Debborah Helping Children to Cope with Change Stress & Anxiety
J155.418 SHAPI Shapiro, Lawrence The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids
Reducing stress in your home -- Don't let stress get you down -- Correct breathing : a key to relaxation -- Relaxing through guided imagery -- Mindfulness : a new way to deal with stress -- Yoga for kids -- Playing to relax -- Relaxing through art -- Laug
J155.44 HUEBN Huebner, Dawn What to Do When You Dread Your Bed
Fears, busy brains, restless bodies, and overdependence on parents are all tackled as children gain the skills they need for more peaceful nights.
J155.9 Laskin, Pamela Wish Upon a Star
A little girl tries to adjust to her mother's mental illness.
J362.2 CLARK Clark, Lisa Wishing Wellness: A Workbook for Children with Mental Illness
Wishing wellness is a workbook for the child whose mother or father is suffering from a serious mental illness. Packed with information, interactive questions, and fun activities, it's an ideal tool for children and their therapists or other professional mental health workers...
J362.2 Rosen, David Henry's Tower
Henry's Tower concerns a young boy's struggle to understand and cope with his emotionally disturbed father.
J616 HYDE Hyde, Margaret O. The Disease Book
Discusses the causes, symptoms, effects, and treatment of a variety of diseases and disorders arranged under such categories as "Disorders of the Lungs," "Mental Illness," and "Disorders of the Digestive System."
J616.8521 ANDRE Andrews, Beth Why Are You So Scared?: A Child's Book about Parents with PTSD
Introduces post-traumatic stress disorder and explains why it can occur in family members, its symptoms, and how to live with an individual affected by PTSD.
J616.8523 Sessions, Deborah My Mom Is Different
This book is written from the point of view of the child of a parent with multiple personality disorder.
J616.8527 Andrews, Beth Why Are You So Sad?: A Child's Book About Parental Depression
Defines depression, identifies depression treatments, and provides many self-help options for those coping with a depressed parent. Includes a note to parents and spaces for writing questions or drawing to help express emotions and concerns.
J616.89 DINNE Dinner, Sherry Nothing to Be Ashamed Of
J616.89 GOLD Gold, Susan Dudley Bipolar Disorder & Depression
Discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, cause, and treatment of bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, a mental illness that causes a person's moods to swing from happy and energized to extremely sad.
J616.89 Hyde, Margaret O. Know About Mental Illness
This informative book teaches people about the causes and effects of mental illness.
J616.895 HOLLO Holloway, Angela The Bipolar Bear Family: When a Parent Has Bipolar Disorder
The Bipolar Bear Family is a story about a young cub who struggles to understand his mother's behavior and her subsequent diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder.
J616.89YOUNG Young, Patrick Schizophrenia
J616.928522 HUEBN Huebner, Dawn What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD
J616.9285227 HUEBN Huebner, Dawn What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck
Revealing OCD in a whole new light, this interactive self-help book turns kids into super-sleuths who can recognize OCD's tricks. Examples, activities, and step-by-step instructions help children master the skills needed to break free from the sticky thoughts and urges of OCD, and live happier lives.
J618.92 WAGNE Wagner, Aureen Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children's Book About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Over one million children and adolescents in the US suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a baffling illness that can be debilitating for the child in school, with friends, and family.
JE ANGLA Anglada, Tracy Brandon and the Bipolar Bear
A teddy bear helps Brandon to cope with his bipolar disorder.
JE CAMPB Campbell, Bebe Moore Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry
A little girl copes with her mother's mental illness, with the help of her grandmother and friends.
JE Carrick, Carol The Accident
After his dog is hit by a truck and killed, Christopher must deal with his own feelings of depression and guilt.
JE DAY Day, Marie Edward, the "Crazy" Man
A picture book that tells the story of triumph over misunderstanding. It is a touching and funny, humane, and dynamic tale of one boy's will to help one man and to change perceptions about homelessness and schizophrenia.
JE Hamilton, DeWitt Sad Days, Glad Days: A Story About Depression
Amanda Martha tries to understand her mother's depression, which sometimes makes her sleep all day, feel sad, or cry.
JE LEWAN Lewandowski, Lisa Darcy Daisy and the Firefly Festival: Learning about Bipolar Disorder and Community
This book is intended to help children understand what bipolar disorder is, the importance of community acceptance, the need to alleviate fear by collecting good information and the harm that can result from rumors and gossip.
JE MacLachlan, Patricia Mama One, Mama Two
A young child lives with a foster family until her own mother is well enough to care for her.
JE Niner, Holly L. Mr. Worry: A Story About OCD
Eight-year-old Kevin is frustrated by his need to check things and repeat actions over and over until a counselor diagnoses obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and teaches him ways to manage this condition. Includes a note for parents and teachers explaining OCD.
JE PRICK Prickett, Mary Lou Why Is Mommy Crying?
Why is Mommy Crying? is a children's book that hopefully will answer questions that a child might ask when someone close to them suffers from depression. With the use of colorful images of a catepillar, butterfly, dove and eagle, the child will have these questions answered in an easy way that they will be able to understand.
JE ROSEN Rosen, Michael Michael Rosen's Sad Book
A man tells about the emotions that accompany his sadness over the death of his son, and how he tries to cope.
JE Sanford, Doris It Won't Last Forever: Living with a Depressed Mother
The child who lives with a depressed parent is also suffering. Here are some guidelines for helping the child.
JE TAN Tan, Shaun The Red Tree
An allegorical tale about the power of hope and renewal.
JE WEAVE Weaver, Mary Wenger Mommy Stayed in Bed this Morning: Helping Children Understand Depression
David confronts the trauma of his mother's depression and its effects on the family.
PTC J618.92895 Lederman, Judith The Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child
This handbook gives parents the sound advice and expert information they need to cope with the challenging diagnosis of bipolar disorder and shows how to provide essential care and support for a bipolar child and the rest of the family.


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