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1. The Childhood Depression Sourcebook
2. Help Me, I'm Sad: Recognizing,
3. Growing Up Sad: Childhood Depression
4. Childhood Depression: School-Based
5. Childhood Depression
6. Infant and Childhood Depression:
7. Depression in Childhood: Diagnosis,
8. Penny's Worth of Minced Ham: Another
9. A Farm Girl in the Great Depression
10. A contextually based approach
11. The Suicide of My Son: The Story
12. What I Learned on the Ranch: And
13. Little Heathens: Hard Times and
15. Little By Little, Or How I Won
16. Wednesday's Child: Research into
17. Childhood Memories Of The Great
18. Helping Sensitive and Difficult
19. Rain on the River: Love, Joy,
20. Childhood Depression (New Directions

1. The Childhood Depression Sourcebook (Sourcebooks)
by Jeffrey A. (Ph.D.) Miller
Paperback: 288 Pages (1999-01-01)
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Depression is often underidentified in children.As a result, many go undiagnosed and suffer needlessly.The Childhood Depression Sourcebook provides insight into why children get depressed, how to identify symptoms, and where to find appropriate treatment.Dr. Miller distinguishes how childhood depression differs from adult depression and how depression manifests during different developmental stages: early childhood, late childhood, and adolescence.This unique book also emphasizes working with schools on both the academic and social level to help children adjust. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Information and and easy style to understand!
Mr. Miller has a teriffic sense for being honest and getting right to the medical point.I appreciate his way of breaking-down the information into subchapters that is easily understood.A great tool in observing thedepressive behaviors in children. ... Read more

2. Help Me, I'm Sad: Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Childhood and Adolescent Depression
by David G. Fassler, Lynne Dumas
Paperback: 224 Pages (1998-10-01)
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Asin: 0140267638
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Until the early 1980s, there was no official diagnosis for depression in children. But children can, and do, become depressed. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health now estimates that 2.5 million youngsters under eighteen have experienced clinical depression--and the real number may be higher still. "Help Me, I'm Sad" discusses how to tell if your child is at risk; how to spot symptoms; depression's link with other problems and its impact on the family; teen suicide; finding the right diagnosis, therapist, and treatment; and what you can do to help. For parents who have--or suspect they may have--depressed children, here is practical, easy-to-understand information from a compassionate and trustworthy source. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Informative
I found this book to be very informative and highly recommend it to anyone concerned with how "sad" or withdrawn their child is.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta Start Somewhere
Although adult depression has been recognized for decades, childhood depression has only been considered since the 1980's. Previously, it was simply thought that children couldn't be depressed. Perhaps this is because (as is learned from this book) the lethargy and weepiness that adults and adolescents experience during depression, in children is often expressed as hostility. The depressed children may in fact be the troublemakers and the discipline problems.

This book reports on few case histories, but because only twenty years of research are behind this subject, that isn't surprising. Most of the descriptive text looks at the stages of childhood depression, and what to expect from various treatment options. The authors do suggest that while several stressful situations such as parental divorce, or placement in foster care can lead to childhood depression, in most cases, there will be no single, obvious, precipitating factor, and parents should not look for one.

More than once, the authors state that depression is not the fault of the parents, or the result of bad parenting. Of course, what are they going to say, if they want parents to buy their book? Parents don't want to be blamed. At any rate, if they are voluntarily looking for help, the family is probably at a point where placing blame will not solve anything, so the authors are undoubtedly correct in this approach. The problem is that this approach appears to slant the book toward physiological causes of depression almost to the exclusion of environmental factors.

Nonetheless, the information presented is readable, clear, and written in a soothing narrative voice. Just reading the book may give relief to parents who are concerned about a child.

The book neatly describes external symptoms of childhood depression, offering a great deal of help to parents and people who work with children in identifying children who may be depressed. Much of the book is given over to choosing a therapist. This is so thoroughly commendable, I don't know where to begin, because it is not uncommon for people to walk into a therapist's office, and immediately turn over all their power. This book will help families hold onto themselves until they are certain they have the right person, not just for the child but for the whole family.

I would recommend this book over most of the others addressing this topic.

5-0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource for families of depressed children
This is a very valuable book for families of depressed children, and I highly recommend it. It contains essential information, thoroughly and clearly covered. One section I particularly liked discussed the effect a depressed child has on family members and family dynamics.

"Help Me, I'm Sad" first addresses diagnosing depression in a child, including what I had never seen before: symptom lists specific to children at different stages of childhood, infants to teenagers. Companion illnesses that might indicate depression are also discussed as part of the diagnosis section.

The treatment section covers how to find effective treatment, whether therapy, medication or both, including questions to ask a potential therapist. The last section, on preventing depression, contains suggestions on how to raise an emotionally resilient child. All in all, a complete, compassionate resource for parents and others who have a depressed child in their lives.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most Comprehensive Book for Parents with Depressed Teens
Dr. Fassler and Miss Dumas do an amazing job at organizing this book in the most efficient manner. The doctor with utmost clarity lists the symptoms of depression for each age group up to and including youngadulthood. He does justice to new research revealing that symptoms may bedependant upon the patient's age. Moreover, he highlights the long-avoidedfact that even toddlers can suffer from clinical depression. He alsobriefly examines the various related affective disorders common among youngpeople and how they can be detected also. The chapter on suicide andsuicide recognition and prevention is well-written in that it provides allthe vital information without going into graphic details. In addition todiscussing all forms of treatment types, schools of thought, and classes ofmental healthcare professionals in an easily understandable manner, thedoctor offers pragmatic advice on seeking help for the child and thechild's family. All too often the devastating effects of depression onother family members are ignored with tragic consequences. Dr. Fasslermakes sure that this point is stressed. He also helps the reader choose agood therapist and treatment plan for his/her child. Finally, he discussesways in which depression can be prevented, and how good parenting canaffect the child's chance of growing up to become a healthy adult. The onlything I found disappointing was Dr. Fassler's bias towards thephysiological nature of affective disorders. Understanding the biochemicalaspects of depression is crucial in effectively treating the illness formuch of the symptoms are linked to somatic disorders in the brain.

5-0 out of 5 stars A reassuring and thorough guide for parents and pros.
If you're the parent of a depressed child -- or think you might be -- this is a must-read. It's a reassuring, gentle but completely informative guide to all aspects of childhood depression. The part I liked best? How to get help for your child. It includes the best discussion of medications and other treatments I've ever read. This book makes an extremely sensitive, scary and complex subject easy to understand. ... Read more

3. Growing Up Sad: Childhood Depression and Its Treatment
by Leon Cytryn, Donald H. McKnew Jr.
 Paperback: 224 Pages (1998-08-17)
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The pioneering work of Drs. Cytryn and McKnew has resulted in the widespread recognition that childhood depression is an all too common psychological reaction to environmental stress and genetic heritage. Here they explain the current understanding of this devastating disorder and offer guidance for parents, teachers, and counselors on distinguishing depression from ordinary sadness and seeking appropriate treatment. They cover recent advances influencing treatment of the depressed child, including the availability of new antidepressants and the awareness that childhood depression is more serious than previously believed and may be a forerunner of later major depression or bipolar disorder. Prevention and early treatment are emphasized. While giving specific advice on recognizing and handling the depressed or suicidal child, the authors show how mood disorders reduce the quality of life at any age and how to relieve the hardships felt by these children and their families. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A "Must-Read" for caregivers of depressed young people.
This book is an excellent point of reference and guide for anyone trying to understand childhood depression, its causes, and available treatment options. I highly recommend it! ... Read more

4. Childhood Depression: School-Based Intervention
by Kevin D. Stark PhD
Paperback: 234 Pages (1990-08-03)
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It is now generally acknowledged that depression is as much a disorder of childhood as of adulthood.Yet it is also clear that the manifestation of depression in children is more varied, complex, and difficult to detect.It may, for instance, show up in the form of anger, somatic symptoms, or lowered school performance.While school professionals are often the first to recognize that a child has a problem, they may be unable to accurately diagnose it as depression or provide any treatment within the school setting.Childhood Depression is designed specifically for school practitioners who wish to increase their understanding of depression in children so that they may identify it, assess its severity, and plan appropriate interventions.

In this book, Kevin Stark provides a thorough review of the empirical basis for the diagnosis of depression in children, and detailed information on how to make this assessment.He also describes a multi-component treatment program (cognitive-behavioral, family therapy, and school consultation), which has been validated with a large number of children.The main feature of this volume is the step-by-step description of how to implement such a program.A session-by-session outline, case examples, and clinical insights are given, and the author provides an array of treatment-related methods, i.e. the pleasant events schedule, exercises to facilitate cognitive restructuring, and sample behavioral contracts, which further enhance the book's usefulness.

Childhood Depression is a concise, practical, and up-to-date guide for any professional working with school-age children.It is particularly relevant for school psychologists, counselors, social workers, administrators, and students in these areas.
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5. Childhood Depression
by Mary Frank
Hardcover: 95 Pages (1983-01-01)
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Here is an authoritative look at the status of childhood depression as it relates to existing conflicts over diagnosis. ... Read more

6. Infant and Childhood Depression: Developmental Factors (Wiley Series in Child and Adolescent Mental Health)
by Paul V. Trad
Paperback: 480 Pages (1987-02)
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This book presents a dynamic perspective for diagnosing and treating psychopathology among young populations. It offers a theoretical framework - derived from extensive experimentation and analysis - which allows readers to comprehend the etiology of infant and childhood affective disorders, most notably depression. Beginning with an introduction to the theory of child psychopathology, the book considers populations particularly susceptible to depressive disorders in light of the theory of child depression, and features specific criteria to apply to clinical cases for formulating a diagnosis and choosing an appropriate course of therapy. In addition, the book contrasts normal and deviant behavior throughout as an illustration of concepts. ... Read more

7. Depression in Childhood: Diagnosis, Treatment and Conceptual Models
by Joy G. Schulterbrandt
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8. Penny's Worth of Minced Ham: Another Look at the Great Depression (Shawnee Books Regional History Series)
by Mr. Robert J Hastings
Paperback: 120 Pages (1986-11-17)
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Hastings experienced the rural and small town side of an event that touched all who weathered it—the economic crash of 1929 and its 10-year aftermath.


The author grew up in Marion, Illinois, entering the first grade in 1930, the start of the Great Depression. This book, which recalls memorable epi­sodes in the life of that boy, is a sequel to the pop­ular A Nickel’s Worth of Skim Milk.


What Hastings experienced as a child was typical of depression-era life. Those who were young then can relive lost youth in Hastings’ books. And there were moments worth reliving: Hastings tells of “laughter and love and tears in the midst of hunger and cold and deprivation.” Those too young to have experienced the economic devastation can see those hard days through the eyes of a trained storyteller reporting from the point of view of a child.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Primary Source
I have used selections from this book whenever I teach a piece of literature that deals with the Great Depression.It is an excellent first-hand account of what growing up during the Depression was like. Students find the material very readable and are filled with questions and observations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very fair dealer
The book I ordered never arrived, though it still may. We once received a letter that had been mailed two years preciously. When the seller got my email about it, she at once refunded my payment. I really want to find the book and read it, but I have only the highest regard for the dealer who tried to get it to me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read
Not quite as great as Hastings' first book "A Nickel's Worth of Skim Milk" but only because it's a slightly more narrow in it's focus and maybe because it wasn't a surprise at how much I enjoyed it! This book focuses on the "corner grocers" in his home town back in the 30's rather than an overview of life growing up during the Depression. But it's still extremely readable - Hastings can really tell a good story. It's a reminder of times long gone and helps us remembered whether we actually lived during those times or like me, had parents who did. I "just missed" the Depression but was raised with so many of the same values and leftover ideas that sometimes I feel as though I did . . . and for that I'm thankful. And thanks to Hastings for taking the time to write his memories down and for God for giving Mr Hastings the talent to make the words so entertaining. From nine to 90 . . . you'll like this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Depression
A well-written personal experience from a young boy's perspective. He gives one family's coping methods during this trying period in southern Illinois. This vivid account of day-to-day life could only have come from someone who was there. A nice complement to "A Penny's Worth of Skim Milk" also by this author (I had the honor to have had the author in my home for supper many years ago whereupon he gave me an autographed copy). Well recommended to anyone interested in this traumatic period. ... Read more

9. A Farm Girl in the Great Depression
by Ruth Myer
 Paperback: 189 Pages (1998-10-15)
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Asin: 0966619609
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Following the stock market crash in 1929, the UnitedStates found itself in the throes of the Great Depression.While manypeople found jobs with newly created social programs, most farmerschose to stay home and work their farms.They were challenged byflood and drought disasters, but few gave up.Instead the depressionbrought out their thriftiness, faith and ingenuity.Adversitiesstrengthened them, their love of God sustained them, and they had alot of fun.

Ruth Myer remembers happy times during the Depression.As she states,"My childhood was happy and free from worry, as my life revolvedaround my mother and father, our pets and farm animals.We had enoughfood to eat, clothes to wear and a feast of books was available at thelocal library."Readers young and old will enjoy experiencing theGreat Depression as seen through the eyes of a young girl growing upduring that time. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars old time domestic tasks
I bought this book because it was written by a person whom I knew as a child. I was pleasantly surprised to find the amount of detail she presents about daily living tasks in a rural community, such as making ice cream and homemade candies, making soap, preserving food. Her short chapter organization helps the reader focus in on a topic of interest.

5-0 out of 5 stars the Real Thing, Some of this still exists today!
When I lived in my small upstate New York hometown, of Interlaken, around 1998, I obtained a copy of this book. A town where in each ten years they build just one new house!From my aunt, of course: she wrote it!A wonderful little book of "what it was like to grow up in the 1930s, during the depression"!
Almost a Journal or a Diary, this book, describing the daily life of a 10 or 12 year old girl, around maybe 1936.
[I gave the book away, only partly read,to someone before I finished it, the book Touched someone deeply, she "needed" it far far more than I did;then I moved to Florida]

People seemd then to "live more for each other", to appreciate the little things, to share chores and to be helpful.
[I recall her story of her mother's Christmas present, one year; a handpump by the sink so that she would have to go outdoors to hand pump the well water for the washing of the dishes.This Counted highly for her mother, as winter lasts up to six months there, with 40 to 100 inches of snow a year and often 50 MPH winds at 10 above zero.
This was a time when her brother married the gal next door and then lived next door for 40 years, in the house his wife's mother was born in!

Vegetable gardens, canning of these vegies, church socials, piano playing in the home with the kids, walks in the countryside: families were closer then.
In short, she writes of a time when there seemed to be more "values", more "morality", to people's daily lives.

She still cans,gardens, and attends church socials;the Old Ways
are not dead yet, in an age where a lot of today's kids do not know what a home-made cookie tastes like!Some of what is in this book, still exists today!

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10. A contextually based approach for treating depression in school-age children.: An article from: Intervention in School & Clinic
by John W. Maag
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This digital document is an article from Intervention in School & Clinic, published by Pro-Ed on January 1, 2002. The length of the article is 4363 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: A contextually based approach for treating depression in school-age children.
Author: John W. Maag
Publication: Intervention in School & Clinic (Refereed)
Date: January 1, 2002
Publisher: Pro-Ed
Volume: 37Issue: 3Page: 149(7)

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11. The Suicide of My Son: The Story of Childhood Depression
by Trudy Carlson
Paperback: 262 Pages (1995-03)
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After the suicide death of her teenage son Ben, author and lecturer Trudy Carlson sheds light into the little-understood symptoms of depressive illness and anxiety disorders in youngsters.Using her son's dual condition as example, she takes a reasonable, no-fault approach to explain the biological nature of these conditions, and maps out a low-cost, effective school based program for recognizing and treating school-aged youth.The correlation between depressive illness and teen suicide is examined.A fresh approach and practical guide for parents and teachers everywhere. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A revision of title may be in order
The first half of this book dealt with the story itself including the suicide and the life of the author's son `Ben'. The second half covered the different mood disorders that afflicted Ben and methods of treatment.

There is one basic reason I gave this book four of five stars. This book did not talk about childhood depression. In brief areas throughout the text the author hinted to depression and a manic depressive (bi-polar) illness. However the majority of the text and history provided of Ben's life was about his ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning disorders. The author ranted for many chapters about how she tried to help him with his studies and how school was a problem for him and how she wanted Ben to do better in school, but he was not getting the assistance he needed. Long story short, she focused the primary emphasis of her text on his learning disabilities and not on his chronic depression or manic-depressive disorders, which in the end were the causes of his suicide. Based on these facts I would rate this book lower, however it did do a much better job in the second half of the book with thorough descriptions of the various mental disorders for diagnosis purposes and treatment methods as well as a section for suicide awareness and avoidance.

If you want a book which describes the trials and tribulations of a child with various mental health issues, buy this book.

If you want a book about suicide prevention, or a book with an in-depth look at adolescent depression or manic depressive (bi-polar) mood disorders than look else where because this book falls short in these areas.

3-0 out of 5 stars There's more to Bipolar Disorder than Suicide
This is a touching story, but suicide isn't the only aspect of Childhood-Onset Bipolar Disorder. This gives some good information, but isn't that well written.There's a new book that has a lot of practical information in a very usable format that addresses the daily challenges of Bipolar Disorder, not just the suicidal tendencies, much better.It's called "If Your Child is Bipolar."

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay reading for suicide survivors
The book is good, but Carlson kept losing me when the story of her son turns into a textbook for teachers.It does, however, have some strong points for anyone who has ever lost someone to suicide.A "Good"Book.....

5-0 out of 5 stars Could your life ever be the same?
If you've ever experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide, you probably have wondered. Carlson's book is helpful in so many ways, but especially in helping life get back on track. Having lost her son to suicide, Trudy Carlson picks up the pieces of her family life and movesahead in the best way she can, and becomes an inspiration to others alongthe way. Though every family is unique and each story different, the deathof a child is perhaps one situation with common threads: grief, pain,guilt, hopelessness. Carlson shows us how to deal with these, suggestsoptions that could help (and which the reader may not have been prepared toconsider) and shows by example that while life after a suicide is not thesame, the difference it brings about is not necessarily bad. I've read thisbook a few times and now have given copies to friends. It amazes me thatyou can mention "suicide" in a group of people, and suddenlyeveryone has a story about it. I found this book comforting, uplifting, andhelpful. You know Ben Carlson. You know Trudy Carlson. They are us.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you're only going to read one book.....
As the mother of a teen suicide myself, I highly recommend this book.For those of you who are grieving from the same tragedy, it will answer many of your "Why" questions.And for those who have loved ones suffering from depression or bipolar disorder, you will learn how you mayprevent their suicide.All depressed and bipolar people are at high riskfor suicide.Trudy eloquently describes how triggers may prompt a suicidebut mental illness causes it.She also describes quite accurately many ofthe confusing behaviors these individuals display: anger fromlimit-setting, logical leaps that are hard to follow, and a jovial attitudewhen experiencing deep pain.She did a marvelous job in her discussion ofthe relationship between loss and depression.This book also includes adetailed section on medications that I've seen in no other book like it.Amust read! ... Read more

12. What I Learned on the Ranch: And Other Stories from a West Texas Childhood (Texas Heritage Series)
by James Bruce Frazier
Hardcover: 160 Pages (2003-12-09)
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Despite the Depression, James Bruce Frazier spent the best years of his childhood on the Cross Ell Ranch just west of Big Spring. Years later, as he reflected on those days, he began writing down the experiences he had, the people he met, and the lessons he learned.

The stories were passed along to his children and then to his grandchildren and then his great-grandchildren. Frazier died in 1989 at the age of sixty-five, but his stories are as vivid and fresh and colorful as the day he wrote them. His stories touch all the emotions, making the reader laugh out loud one moment as Frazier recalls his first haircut and fight back tears as Frazier tells about his pet riding calf.

The author proves himself to be more than just a good storyteller. He finds in the experiences important truths, morals, and meanings that are as valid today as they were then.

We asked the great Western author Elmer Kelton to look over this volume, and he was exuberant in his praise. "I thoroughly enjoyed the Frazier book," he said. "I read it all the way through yesterday afternoon and evening, something I don't always do with manuscripts people send me. I found many parallels with my own experience." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful reading from start to finish
It was during the years of the Great Depression that Jim Frazier spent what he feels were the best years of his childhood on the Cross Ell Ranch, just west of Big Spring, Texas. What I Learned On The Ranch And Other Stories From A West Texas Childhood is a compilation of stories that he told to his children, and to his grandchildren, and then to his great-grandchildren. Jim Frazier died in 1989 at the age of 65, but his stories have been preserved for future generations to enjoy, along with his genuine and natural gift for storytelling. What I Learned On The Ranch is simply wonderful reading from start to finish, from first page to last. ... Read more

13. Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Paperback: 304 Pages (2008-04-29)
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I tell of a time, a place, and a way of life long gone. For many years I have had the urge to describe that treasure trove, lest it vanish forever. So, partly in response to the basic human instinct to share feelings and experiences, and partly for the sheer joy and excitement of it all, I report on my early life. It was quite a romp.

So begins Mildred Kalish’s story of growing up on her grandparents’ Iowa farm during the depths of the Great Depression. With her father banished from the household for mysterious transgressions, five-year-old Mildred and her family could easily have been overwhelmed by the challenge of simply trying to survive. This, however, is not a tale of suffering.

Kalish counts herself among the lucky of that era. She had caring grandparents who possessed—and valiantly tried to impose—all the pioneer virtues of their forebears, teachers who inspired and befriended her, and a barnyard full of animals ready to be tamed and loved. She and her siblings and their cousins from the farm across the way played as hard as they worked, running barefoot through the fields, as free and wild as they dared.

Filled with recipes and how-tos for everything from catching and skinning a rabbit to preparing homemade skin and hair beautifiers, apple cream pie, and the world’s best head cheese (start by scrubbing the head of the pig until it is pink and clean), Little Heathens portrays a world of hardship and hard work tempered by simple rewards. There was the unsurpassed flavor of tender new dandelion greens harvested as soon as the snow melted; the taste of crystal clear marble-sized balls of honey robbed from a bumblebee nest; the sweet smell from the body of a lamb sleeping on sun-warmed grass; and the magical quality of oat shocking under the light of a full harvest moon.

Little Heathens offers a loving but realistic portrait of a “hearty-handshake Methodist” family that gave its members a remarkable legacy of kinship, kindness, and remembered pleasures. Recounted in a luminous narrative filled with tenderness and humor, Kalish’s memoir of her childhood shows how the right stuff can make even the bleakest of times seem like “quite a romp.”

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5-0 out of 5 stars Memoirs of a Depression Kid
How things have changed from yesterday to today.This is a delightful memoir filled with loads of humor.In fact, there are quite a few laughs to be gotten from reading this book, plus lots of human knowledge.There was plenty of hard work, both housework and farm chores that needed to be done.But there were many hands to get it accomplished.Even the youngest, the little kids, as the author calls them were made to help.So the family all worked together.

There were seven in Mildred's immediate family, Mildred's grandparents, her mother, two older brothers, Mildred herself, and her little sister.Her father was absent from the family and never heard from.Mildred never knew why.

The grandparents were strict and expected good behavior, good manners, and good conduct from their grandchildren. Strong character was needed and should be built from babyhood.Grandpa was land rich, he owned four farms, but money was scarce.During long cold Iowa winters only the living room and kitchen were heated to conserve heat.Mrs Kalich was brought up upon saving,recycling everything.recycle, recycle as everything was used and reused and reused again in her childhood home.That family was today modern as people of today are encouraaged to recycle, recycle, recycle.The kids were required to eat healthy and to eat everything on their plates.Waste not, want not was one of the mottos of the grandparents plus many other bon mots.Mildred, her mother and other siblings would move out to Grandpa's farm from September until Christmas and attend a one room school where her mother had once taught.Their mother pretty much allowed her kids to do whatever they wanted to, to have much more freedom.So Mildred and her brothers and sister were brought up in two opposite ways, too strict, too much freedom.

There was wonderful Great Aunt Belle who was as much a kid as her great nephews and nieces and was good at spoiling them, making up parties and games.She gave Mildred a good opinion of herself.She was as good and as pretty as any other little girl.Mildred, as too many little girls, felt she was not pretty.

There was plenty of food.Thanksgiving was well celebrated.Relatives came together and all brought their best dishes.Mrs Kalish writes about all the home grown food plus well fed animals.To this day she states she has never tasted food as good as the home cooking, home grown food of her childhood.There is a section in this book containing recipes for farm food.This family had an abundance of food.Books and magazines were welcome in this house and the kids were encouraged to read.The whole family, except Grandma, was readers.This is so, so, so different from many homes during the Great Depression.Too many people had little food and couldn't even afford newspapers.This house was well to do.However, there was very few homes with indoor plumbing in the small Iowa town Professor Kalich was from.Indoor plumbing was a luxury.Children were switched with a buggy whip.When they got in trouble in school they got worse when their parents heard of their misdeeds.Things are much different today.Mildred went to the small town school when she was staying in town.

Because of her country upbringing, Professor Kalich learned to know the names of trees, flowers, plants and to love all of them.She had many different animal pets, both domestic and wild.She learned to love the verdant country with its seasons to love nature and wild things.

Mrs Kalich has come far from her childhood roots but it has made her into the strong and independant woman she has become.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Little Disappointing
I had this recommended to me and read many of the reviews before buying. But no where did I find anyone who mentioned the bad language. In fact, there's a whole chapter,listing the words that were said and by whom. Also, I guess I expected the book to be one about survival but the author's family was obviously well-to-do. My parents grew up on farms in big families during the Depression but their lifestyles were obviously much different. I didn't see any cornbread and buttermilk suppers. Also, much of their daily lives were built around the church, something the author has little use for.It's probably the area of the country they were raised in but I read this book, planning to pass it along to the four "girls" still living (2 in their 90s) but I'm afraid it's a little too "high spirited." It frankly sometimes read almost like it was being copied from a notebook and the author wanted to make certain she included everything that was expected in a book like this. A few times the book was entertaining but other times I was left wondering if some of these things really happened or they were just included to "spice" up the book. I sure would haveliked to have known the names of the "Big Kids" and "Little Kids", their anonymity leaving the reader wondering. I can't recommend this to my 91 year old mother or my 13 year old grandson because of the language and of the cavalier attitude toward churches, both something that some people take seriously.

5-0 out of 5 stars Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm durning the Great Depression
I recommend Little Heathens completely.Mildred A. Kalish captures the experience of growing up during the depression on a farm so completely. Her book is an inspiration and so very highly recommended.Although I am somewhat younger than Mrs. Kalish,I grew up in similar circumstances on a Michigan farm & found it hard to put the book down. Enjoy.
Robert Jones

5-0 out of 5 stars A book to own and keep
I read this book when it first came out, loaned by my library.A year later, I want to re-read it and knew it was a keeper, so I bought it through Amazon.Even if only
for the recipes, one should own this book, but I have now re-read it three times for memories and prose as rich as fresh cream from Millie's Iowa farm.Millie is
a great role model in another way:how old was she when she first published a book????Thank you, Millie.

5-0 out of 5 stars Iowa book
LITTLE HEATHENS gives the experience of a young girl growing up in Iowa during the Depression.Good portrayal. ... Read more

14. DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS When "moodiness" merits special attention "Troubled"or "moody" kids might be struggling with childhood depression, ... adult depression. (Postgraduate Medicine)
by MD Margaret A. Shugart, MD Elda M. Lopez
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Abstract: Not long ago, "moodiness" was considered normal for most youngsters and was endured rather than investigated. But evidence indicates that full-blown depression in children and adolescents is increasing in incidence and often is overlooked as a cause of behavioral and other problems. Primary care physicians play a crucial role in recognizing the condition and encouraging treatment for these children. In this article, Drs Shugart and Lopez discuss the diagnosis and management of major depressive episodes in children and adolescents and highlight differences in childhood and adult depression. Shugart MA, Lopez EM. ... Read more

15. Little By Little, Or How I Won The War: A Memoir Of Minneapolis During The Great Depression
by Curt Johnson
 Paperback: 160 Pages (2004-08-30)
list price: US$15.95
Isbn: 0913204390
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16. Wednesday's Child: Research into Women's Experience of Neglect and Abuse in Childhood and Adult Depression
by Antonia Bifulco, Patricia Moran
Hardcover: 224 Pages (1998-03-10)
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Asin: 0415165261
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The extent of severe childhood abuse is little known. Drawing on twenty years of systematic research and interviews,Wednesday's Child examines the reasons why as much as 25% of women have been victims of child abuse, and how this abuse reverberates into their adult lives, doubling their chances of clinical depression.

The words of many ordinary women are documented here, vividly demonstrating how as survivors of child abuse, their adult relationships and self-esteem have suffered. The authors, who discuss abuse in terms of marital breakdown, poverty and parental psychiatric disorder also show us what we can learn from the experiences of these survivors, assessing factors which will reduce the later impact of childhood abuse on both the children of today and the parents of tomorrow. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars essential book on the subject - with powerful new research
This is an impressively researched and presented book - the style makes it suitable for both the interested general reader or the professional;if you are working in the field, it would be a new core text.If you suffer from depression - illuminating. ... Read more

17. Childhood Memories Of The Great Depression: A Book Of Short Stories (Black Walnut Farm Series)
by Ted Woodworth
Paperback: 190 Pages (2009-03-08)
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The Great Depression is just a mention in a history book to most people nowadays, but Ted Woodworth lived on a farm then, in a Mennonite community, no less. He tells of all the things he did as a boy and makes the reader smile just as if he were listening to Ted tell it in person. And they are good stories, how a farm boy found things to do everyday, got in trouble, harvested the crop, made mischief around the town, but stayed out of trouble most of the time. A master storyteller draws upn his memories and experienes of a yesteryear America. These are more than tales of poverty or coping in an era when jobs, food and money were scarce; they are character vignettes, glimpses into the minds and hearts of everyday Americans earning a living - vivid, unforgettable images of living seventy years ago. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories of the Great Depression Era
What a trip back in time through the portals of Ted's mind.So vivid are his descriptions that it puts you visually in the scene he is describing. In his book, The Black Walnut Farm, the story of Flying through Lightning Hollow is soooo funny! A delightful story teller who should be encouraged to write more of the stories of his life, such as "Dancing with June Allyson."His books are worth the time to read them. Jean Norris,friend

5-0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable images of everday life seventy years ago
Childhood Memories Of The Great Depression Era: A Book Of Short Stories clearly documents Ted Woodworth as a master story teller drawing upon his memories and experiences of a yesteryear America. These are more than tales of poverty or coping in an era when jobs, food, and money were scarce; they are character vignettes, glimpses into the hearts and minds of everyday Americans earning a living. An involving read that exposes one to vivid, unforgettable images of everday life seventy years ago.
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18. Helping Sensitive and Difficult Children: What You Can Do About Childhood Depression and Anxiety
by Steven Stritt
Paperback: 458 Pages (2003-04)
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At any given time one out of ten children will display the signs and symptoms of a childhood emotional disorder. Unfortunately, only a few of these children receive the treatment they need to get better. Helping Sensitive and Difficult Children provides the answers to questions that commonly arise about children's mental health issues. Equipped with this easy to use self-help and reference guide, you will:

? Learn important facts about childhood depression and anxiety disorders
? Understand mental health treatment
? Find ways to pay for the services
? Learn ways to help based on psychological principles.
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19. Rain on the River: Love, Joy, Anger, Depression, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Hope
by Ty Anthony Foster
Paperback: 156 Pages (2009-10-23)
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Rain on the River is a book of poetry about one's struggle to fit into a world in which he or she was not designed to fit into. The river represents one's life; the rain represents the afflictions placed upon the individual. The poetry in this book tells stories of personal strongholds and the highs and lows that a person of bipolar disorder, depression and childhood sexual abuse goes through. This book is for those who can relate to these personal issues as well as those who want to get an understanding of what life is like for someone suffering with these afflictions. If you are someone who suffers with the inability to cope with life due to these issues or just someone who wants to get to know us, this book will help you to relate and know that you are not alone, or get a clearer insight into our universe. The hope is that you may be able to adapt to living with those of our nature without taking it personal. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to loveourchildrenusa.org to support the awareness and prevention of child molestation, violence and neglect. You can also report child abuse to this web site. Thank you for helping to secure the futures of our children. Ty Anthony Foster ... Read more

20. Childhood Depression (New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development)
by Dante Cicchetti
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list price: US$14.95
Isbn: 0875899862
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