- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (October 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034545538X
- ISBN-13: 978-0345455383
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Surviving Ophelia: Mothers Share Their Wisdom in Navigating the Tumultuous Teenage Years Paperback – October 1, 2002
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teen years fraught with crisis for so many girls? Why do so many mother-daughter relationships deteriorate drastically at this time? When her own teenage daughter began to spiral out of control, therapist Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D., launched a nationwide search to find answers and hope. In this inspiring, compassionate book, Dellasega shares the strength and the wisdom of mothers who have seen their daughters through the tumult of adolescence.
Drawing on the experiences of scores of mothers and daughters, Dellasega takes a hard look at the lives of girls in crisisonce happy, carefree children who are now struggling with eating disorders, unplanned pregnancies, substance abuse, and severe mental problems. These are stories of girls on the edge, and mothers who are trying everything to save them. Yet even in the most desperate situations, Dellasega hears the same clear message: the key to survival is the support and the understanding of others going through the same thing.
About the Author
“This courageous book offers clear insight and direction to mothers struggling with how to help their daughters restore their future while they reclaim their own lives.”
Co-author of Teens in Turmoil
“Thank you [Cheryl Dellasega] for showing mothers everywhere that we are not alone in our struggle to help our daughters. . . . Surviving Ophelia is mesmerizing and the truth of its stories resonates.”
—SUE WELLMAN, President
The Ophelia Project
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I'll call her Lynn.
Shes been living in her van yet her mother, a PhD, seems to have abandoned her...? I know she wants to run, yet it takes a lot of work to help her now.
Today her life is so unsafe it drives me crazy. Recently she was beat up twice and I went to her, like I always will. She talks longingly of her deceased father yet she wishes her mother would not even know she had died until 30 days later. A cry for love, professor?
She hates me right now but thankfully this book and its author have been amazing for me to understand this woman that I love and adore. Her name is not Ophelia, although it does seem that Mom has banked on her with that clever diagnosis and series of interviews and even a summer camp. But to me she is a beautiful unique flower and a very talented dancer.
The west coast is not safe, but I will do anything to protect her, doctor. I am willing to meet her brother as well. I am on her side no matter what and I do not like medications either.
Yet i am calling Mom out to show up and put her in an apartment like I myself have in Palm Springs. She's been here but of course I angered her. I myself am from Slab City, that's all you need to know. I've never slept with her and I always admired the woman. Look me up, I am very fearless lately.
The psychosis and the drugs are very dangerous. I need your help. I lived on the streets for five years after being diagnosed with cancer, I have been stage 4 for 3 years. I am 54 and i need to do this.
You will read about anorexia, dishonesty, vulnerabilities, crisis intervention, boundaries, love, survival and so much more. Cheryl's book is a gift and like many gift's it was born of pain. She reveals much of herself and her own struggles with her teenage daughter Ellen. Ellen writes a piece in the end as to where they are now. Her portion brought me to tears as her relationship with her mother remains intact.
Many other mothers were not so lucky some have lost their daughters to death others to estrangement. The underlying sense from all mothers is of love and wanting to do their best even when faced with situations they find themselves ill prepared. Raising a daughter with difficulties can push an otherwise proud mother into isolation. Isolation from her peer parents. Mothers tend to take their daughters difficulties on as though they have failed. This book gives you a sense of community, a book that allows mothers to feel less isolated.
Congratulations Cheryl, you did it! My own written contribution appears in Chapter 14 titled "Ophelia: With and Without Fathers." Well researched and well written for any/every mother of a daughter.
Ten years later and the stories are still relevant. The mother-daughter relationship is said to be the most complex and complicated of all relationships and can offer the greatest rewards and the most gut wrenching of challenges.
This book, as well as Dellasega's website, which you can find in the book's notes (which I found out about through an online discussion of her book) try to create a community (both online and off) of moms' and daughters' voices for those who need it, and those who might someday need it. And how will we know we need it, until it's too late? Read this book now...