Parents, teachers, and mental health workers will find the answersto these- and many other-questions in this forthright yet compassionate guide to helping your adolescent through the tumultuous teen years. From peer pressure and self-esteem to experimentation with sex, alcohol, and drugs, this invaluable resource covers a wide range of pratical issues. Here as well is information on more serious obstacles to a teen's development that may require professional intervention, such as depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and disruptive behavorial disorders.
As surely as every child will become a teen, every person that must relate to a teen will find this book a reliable, indespensable guide to the ups and downs of adolecence.
About the Author
David Pruitt, M.D., editor-in-chief, is past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with over 6,600 members, is the leading national association of physicians dedicated to the healthy mental development of children and adolescents.
pt. 1. The life of an adolescent. Early and middle adolescence
The high school years
Leaving the nest
pt. 2. Day-to-day problem behaviors. Challenges at home
The family redefined
The adolescent and the community
The adolescent with chronic illness
pt. 3. Serious problems and abnormalities. Emotional disorders
Disruptive behavior disorders
Eating and nutritional disorders
Substance abuse disorders
pt. 4. Seeking help. When and where to seek help
What are the treatment options?
Appendix A: Psychiatric medications
Appendix B: Medical, psychological, educational, and developmental tests
Appendix C: Glossary.