Mental Health Information for Teens, 5th Ed.

Teen Health Series

Mental Health Information for Teens, 5th Ed.

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Mental Health Information for Teens, Fifth Edition offers updated information on mental health and its importance. It presents facts about the causes, warning signs, and diagnosis of mental illnesses, and it explains how the adolescent brain differs from the adult brain. Some of the specific disorders described in detail include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychoses, schizophrenia, and impulse control disorders. Mental health therapies—both traditional and alternative—are discussed, and the consequences of not receiving treatment are addressed. A section on mental wellness provides tips for building healthy self-esteem, coping with stress and disaster, getting along with family and friends, and dealing with challenges such as divorce, abuse, grief, and thoughts of suicide. For readers seeking more information, the book concludes with suggestions for additional reading, a list of crisis lines, and a directory of mental health organizations

The book is organized in the broad subject areas detailed below.

Part One: Mental Health And Mental Illness offers information on understanding mental health, its overall effect on well-being, and how resilience plays a vital role in mental wellness. Mental illness is defined, and its possible causes and warning signs are described. A chapter on the developing adolescent brain and how it differs from the adult brain is also included.

Part Two: Mood And Anxiety Disorders discusses an array of disorders that alter emotional and fear responses. These include depression, premenstrual syndrome, seasonal affective disorder, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and phobias.

Part Three: Personality And Psychotic Disorders describes mental illnesses that affect how people perceive reality. These include antisocial disorders, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorders, factitious disorders, and dissociative disorders, as well as psychosis and schizophrenia.

Part Four: Behavioral, Impulse Control, And Addiction Disorders explores mental illnesses that influence how people act and possibly disregard societal norms. Examples include eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, conduct disorder, impulse control disorder, and oppositional defiant disorders.

Part Five: Other Situations And Disorders With Mental Health Consequences provides information on adolescent circumstances that may impact mental well being. These include puberty, child abuse, bullying, violence, and self-harm. Chronic disorders that may impact mental health, including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Tourette syndrome, are also discussed.

Part Six: Mental Health Treatments explains how mental illness is diagnosed and discusses various mental health treatments. It explores the ways in which the treatment of children with mental illness can differ from that of adults. Various common approaches to mental healthcare—including psychotherapy and the use of medications are also described.

Part Seven: Mental Wellness Topics For Teens offers information on coping with challenges that can arise during adolescence. It provides tips for building a healthy self-esteem, improving mental health, dealing with depression, and coping with stress. It also offers strategies for handling traumatic events, important relationships, and thoughts of suicide.

Part Eight: If You Need More Information offers suggestions for additional reading, a list of crisis helplines and hotlines, and a directory of organizations able to provide further materials about adolescent mental health.

 

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 ¼ x 9 ¼
  • 400 pages per volume
  • Includes online access
  • Authoritative content from respected health organizations; non-technical language and writing style is accessible to young people
  • Chapter headings and subheadings break up descriptive text and provide easy navigation
  • Standardized callout boxes highlight important information, define terms, or summarize a chapter’s contents
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations provide visual aids for technical information and supplement explanations
  • Directory of resources with contact information guide further research and identify sources of information and support
  • Comprehensive index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts