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'My life sucks!' The 10 most common causes of childhood unhappiness

What every parent, teacher, caregiver needs to know

Prometheus Books


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"Dr. Condrell has done it again! Like his earlier works, The Unhappy Child is a book every parent should read. Dr. Condrell takes a positive and proactive approach and shows parents how to avoid the all-too-common pitfalls that lead to unhappiness among children and families. He also provides plenty of solid advice for parents already struggling with an unhappy child. As always, the solutions Condrell offers are down-to-earth, practical and easy to implement. Read the book, take his advice to heart, and watch the changes in your child and family." -Charles Patrick Ewing, J.D., Ph.D., Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor

"An eye-opening description of some of the often overlooked causes of childhood unhappiness and depression. Includes practical, down-to-earth advice on how to deal with issues from quarreling parents to sibling abuse." -Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist, author of 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12

The Unhappy Child What Every Parent Needs to Know
Kenneth N. Condrell, PhD

There are millions of children in this country who spend most of their days feeling more unhappy than happy, and their parents haven't a clue as to why. These chronically unhappy children may be on their way to developing a depressive disorder. In this important and completely accessible book, Dr. Kenneth N. Condrell teaches both parents and mental health professionals the ten most common, yet sometimes not-so-obvious causes of childhood unhappiness. More important, he offers practical solutions--solutions that can help troubled children and protect them from a lifetime of unhappiness. Not only parents but school administrators, guidance and teaching personnel, pediatric office staff, and mental health professionals will greatly benefit from Dr. Condrell's 35 years of experience helping children with emotional problems. Readers will actually hear from the mouths of children what makes them unhappy. By using actual quotes from kids whom Dr. Condrell has treated, this unusually insightful book bridges the separate worlds of the growing child and parents, so mom and dad can discover the secret pain that children are so good at keeping from them. Parents are often at a loss as to how they can help a child who looks and acts unhappy most of the time or makes statements such as: "My life sucks." "I'm going to kill myself." "I hate myself." "Nothing ever good happens to me." "I wish I was dead." This book will make parents aware of the kinds of experiences that cause children to become unhappy. With this knowledge parents can be proactive and protect their sons and daughters from entering a state of unhappiness that places them at risk for becoming depressed and possibly developing into depressed adults.


Kenneth N. Condrell, Ph.D. (Buffalo, NY), is a child psychologist and family therapist who has been in private practice for thirty-five years. He is the founder of The Condrell Center, the first group practice in Western New York. He is also clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo and teaches residents in child psychiatry. A popular lecturer, he has appeared on CBS, NBC, and CNN as a guest commentator. In addition, he is the author of How to Raise a Brat, Be a Great Divorced Dad, and Wimpy Parents: From Toddler to Teen--How Not to Raise a Brat, and he writes for the Fisher-Price Toys' Web site in their "Advice From Experts" section on parenting topics. For more information, see 255 pages • ISBN 1-59102-419-6 • Paperback: $18 • Publication: July 18, 2006

Lynn Pasquale at 800-853-7545

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