Is My Teenager Ok?: A Parent's All-In-One Guide to the Emotional Problems of Today's Teens

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Citadel Press, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 316 pages
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I If your teen wears all black and listens to Marilyn Manson, is she suicidal or just artistic? If your son likes to mosh to Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff," is he a healthy male or a psychopath? If your daughter is "pro-Anna," is she taking an interest in activism or developing an eating disorder? Authoritative and incisive, "Is My Teenager Ok? delves into the world of teens and illuminates their struggles with today's problems and challenges: sex, alcohol and drugs, food and eating disorders, home and family, acting out, the Internet, anger and depression, and school life. It also explains today's youth subcultures, so parents can understand what falls into the range of "normal" behavior and what does not. Understanding the difference empowers parents to nurture their adolescents' individuality without missing the warning signs of serious problems in need of professional attention. Dr. Paul, a highly respected MD and the executive director of the Karen Horney Clinic in New York, covers each topic with an overview, statistics, risk factors, signs to look for, and what to do. Using these guidelines, parents can understand what their teens are going through and why, as well as when to wait things out and when it's time to seek therapy. The topics are cross-referenced, so parents can understand the overlapping roles different issues play, such as depression's influence on bulimia or the relationship between tattooing and gangs. Definitions for all the most current slang helps expose what kids are really talking about, enabling parents to make informed decisions as to whether or not they need to intervene. Informative and reassuring "Is My Teenager OK? is a seminal book in the tradition of"Staying Connected to Your Teenager by Michael Riera and "Queens, Bees, and "Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman that will help every parent determine when to worry and more importantly, when not to worry.
 

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Contents

Anxiety
3
Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
7
Social Phobia and Shyness
12
ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder
16
Stress and PTSD
20
Depression
25
Bipolar Disorder
29
Suicide
33
Date Rape
126
Homosexuality
131
STDs and Safe Sex
135
Sexual Abuse
143
Gender Identity Disorder
147
THE BODY
151
Hypochondria and Body Dysmorphia
153
Anorexia Bulimia and Overeating
157

Grief
37
Anger
42
Borderline Personality Disorder
47
Schizophrenia
52
BEHAVIOR
59
SelfInjurious Behavior
61
Bullying
65
Violence
70
Gangs
76
Risk Taking
81
Runaways
86
Tattoos and Body Piercings
90
Attention Deficit Disorder
93
Behavior Disorders
97
Discipline
104
SEX
109
Sexual Development
111
Pregnancy
118
Abortion
121
Psychosomatic Disorders
164
Athletics Weight Training and Muscle Dysmorphia
168
Chronic Illness
172
DRUGS
177
Substance Abuse Overview
179
Alcohol
183
Marijuana
186
Club Drugs and Rave Parties
188
Inhalants
192
Teens of Alcoholics and Substance Abusers
207
The Media
218
Teens with Depressed Parents
227
School Problems
237
The College Process
249
When You Cant Do It on Your Own
259
Special Tests
266
Types of Therapy
272
About the Author
317
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Henry A. Paul, M.D., is the Executive Director of New York City's Karen Horney Clinic and a faculty member at Mount Sinai Hospital and Columbia University. He has appeared on "Oprah," "NBC Nightly News," and many other television and radio programs.

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