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Teen Health Series

Mental Health Information for Teens, 6th Ed.

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Adolescence is a crucial period for developing and maintaining social and emotional habits important for mental well-being. These include adopting healthy sleep patterns, taking regular exercise, developing coping, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills, and learning to manage emotions. It is normal for children and youth to experience various types of emotional distress as they develop and mature. For example, it is common for children to experience anxiety about school, or youth to experience short periods of depression that are transient in nature. When symptoms persist, it may be time to seek professional assistance. While most youth are healthy, physically and emotionally, one in every four to five youth in the general population meet criteria for a lifetime mental disorder and as a result may face discrimination and negative attitudes. As with physical health, mental health is not merely the absence of disease or a mental health disorder. Stressors such as these are normal, but teens sometimes find themselves feeling sad, hopeless, overwhelmed, or worthless. At a certain point, these feelings are possible signs of debilitating mental health problems, and teens experiencing them are not alone. Most people with mental health problems can get better. Treatment and recovery are ongoing processes that happen over time.

Mental Health Information for Teens, Sixth Edition offers updated information on mental health and its importance. It presents facts about the causes, warning signs, and diagnosis of mental illnesses, and explains how the adolescent brain differs from the adult brain. Some of the specific disorders described in detail include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, posttraumatic 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, supporting friend and family 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.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 ¼ x 9 ¼
  • 400 pages per volume
  • 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