Dr. Deborah Serani is a go-to media expert on a variety of psychological issues. Her interviews can be found in ABC News, Newsday, Womens Health & Fitness, The Chicago Tribune, The Associated Press, and affiliate radio station programs at CBS and NPR, just to name a few. She is a ShareCare Expert for Dr. Oz, writes for Psychology Today, helms the “Ask the Therapist” column for Esperanza Magazine and has worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. A licensed psychologist in practice over twenty years, Serani is also an adjunct professor at Adelphi University teaching courses in clinical disorders and treatment and is the author of the award-winning book “Living with Depression.”
Her latest book is Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.
Visit her website at http://www.drdeborahserani.com/.
Could you please tell us a little about your book?
Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers” is a go-to resource on pediatric depression. I wrote it essentially for parents to learn how to identify depression in their child, what to do if it’s evident and how to manage the illness in the family system. It’s a bit scary to know the statistics on child depression and suicide…. and how high they are. With early intervention, we can help children struggle less with this chronic illness and even save lives.
I was a depressed child growing up, but didn’t know it at the time. Nor did my parents, teachers or friends. My depression worsened as I grew from child to teenager, and as a college student I attempted suicide. Depression in kids is so different than in adults, so it was easy for those who were close to me to miss the warning signs. I really struggled, but found help and even became a psychologist to help others like myself. I thought it’d be a great thing to write a book that could help parents identify children early, so intervention could help them sooner rather than later in their lives. That’s the reason I wrote this book. I’m super proud of it because I was able to weave my own personal experiences with depression as well as my clinical expertise in treating depression.
Who has influenced you throughout your career as a writer?
Teachers. I’ve always been a writer, creating elaborate short stories in elementary school, poetry in high school, research papers in college and academic journal articles as a psychologist. Thoughout it all, there was always the support of a teacher mentoring me forward, encouraging my ideas, and supporting my work.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve just finished writing the prose to a children’s picture book on depression titled “Sometimes When I’m Sad.” Now I’ll be drawing the illustrations – a process that is brings me great joy.
What are some of your long term goals?
I’d like to write a fiction series of psychological thrillers, and already have the first one done. I love the creative freedom that comes with writing fiction – and how it allows me to stretch my imagination.
What do you feel has been your greatest achievement as an author?
My very first book “Living with Depression” won two Book of the Year awards and received a lot of praise from mental health organizations and celebrities. And though I’m really proud of that, I must admit what feels most joyful to me is when a reader tells me that my writing really helped them feel better. That’s my greatest achievement as an author.