Raising an Optimistic Child: A Proven Plan for Depression-Proofing Young Children-For Life


A program for fostering positive relationship-building habits in children to help alleviate and even prevent childhood depression

Raising an Optimistic Child offers you tools for creating a positive, supportive family atmosphere that helps children who are already depressed and can even prevent this crippling disorder. Steps and additional techniques will help you combat your own depression, tackle parental issues, and enhance learning and coping skills. It also alerts you to circumstances that put a child at risk for depression and suggests ways to ward it off.

Protect your child from depression for life–without medication

The most precious gift you can give your child isn’t a generous trust fund or a top-notch education–it’s the resiliency and unwavering sense of optimism that allow a person to thrive no matter what challenges life sends their way. Yet researchers are finding that increasing numbers of very young children are at risk of depression. Now, in Raising an Optimistic Child, you’ll learn how to bring about lifelong happiness in your child–even as young as infants–and protect him or her from the pain and damage of depression.

Inspired by the authors’ two decades of pioneering work as well as recent findings in psychology, neurobiology, and genetics, Raising an Optimistic Child offers a seven-step, relationship-based program for alleviating or preventing childhood–and adult–depression that has proven more effective than controversial drug therapies and standard psychotherapeutic approaches. With the benefit of real-life stories of families who have experienced firsthand the results of their work, psychologist Bob Murray, Ph.D., and therapist Alicia Fortinberry arm you with the tools you need to:

  • Understand most common causes of childhood–and lifelong–depression
  • Spot the early signs of depression–even in very young children
  • Prevent your own depression from infecting your child
  • Enhance your child’s learning and coping skills
  • Foster good body image and avoid eating disorders in your child
  • Deal with ADD/ADHD and difficult behaviors without drug
“A must read for every parent who wants the best for their kids”
“I would recommend this book to everyone, parent or not”
“In truth, much of the information in the book is useful for people of any age who want to be more optimistic – even people like me in their 50′s.”

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