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When to Worry: How to Tell If Your Teen Needs Help & And What to Do About It Paperback – July 18, 2007
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-David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., 16th Surgeon General of the United States
""When to Worry" is a gem. Boesky's compassion for parents and their children shines through on every page. Her solid knowledge, astute appraisals and calls for action make this book a sound and reliable reference not only for parents, but for anyone working with families and teens." -"Counseling Today Magazine"
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Parents can easily feel overwhelmed when suddenly faced with a moody, defiant, unfocused, unpredictable, angry or overly sensitive teenager. They wonder if these changes are a normal part of adolescence of if their teen is in need of help.
When to Worry helps parents distinguish typical teenage behaviors from those that merit concern. It then walks parents through steps they can take to help troubled teens before it's too late. Parents will learn:
- Warning signs of potential problems
- Which strategy works best for each issue
- How to effectively communicate with teens
- How and where to get help, if needed
- The pros and cons of medication for teens
When to Worry provides essential information on problematic teenage issues: mood swings, rebellion and defiance, school difficulties, teen depression, ADHD, alcohol and drug use, self-injury ("cutting"), low self-esteem, delinquency, learning disabilities, out of control teens, worries/fears and stress, eating disorders, aggression, bipolar disorder, aspergers, teen suicide, trauma, and more.
Parents learn how to recognize warning signs of important teen problems and are given specific "dos and don'ts" to decrease their teen's struggles and increase peace in the family home.
Compassionate and reassuring, this practical and user-friendly guide is invaluable to any adult concerned about a teenage child.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is just what parents need when it come to sorting out whether behaviors are normal teen development or something to be truly concerned about. I have many parents come to me trying to tease apart behaviors to figure out if their child is troubled or just moody, heading for danger or just experimenting within an expected range. This book, while not simplistic, is surprisingly easy to understand. I appreciated that it puts things in perspective in a very clear way. Having raised 2 teens myself, I believe that every parent can use this book as they face those tumultous years. This book goes right to the top of the book list I recommend for parents of teens. Once again, Dr. Boesky, gets to the chase and offers realistic help instead of just theory.
Seriously, my children haven't even reached the tween years, and I'm already thinking about what it will be like when their round angelic faces cast a more angular, petulant look the moment they turn thirteen. What am I going to do when my daughter really rolls her eyes at me. I mean really rolls them?
That's when I'll turn to the already dog-eared pages of Dr. Lisa Boesky's When to Worry: How to Tell If Your Teen Needs Help -- and What to Do About It.
This new release, issued by the American Management Association, outlines in great detail the psychoses and syndromes that might befall your teen. Without a gloom and doom tone, Dr. Lisa shares her most knowledgeable ideas about when to worry that your teens' behavior is not normal.
Does your child complain she's too fat, then happily giggle over a sundae with friends? Don't worry.
Does your child complain she's too fat, then go on a hunger strike for three months? Worry.
Does your child seem outgoing, but there are bloody tissues under her bed from cutting her arms with a razor? Worry.
Does your child suffer from an occasional bloody nose in the winter? Don't worry.
The book's fifteen chapters provide helpful descriptions, case studies and answers to the most pressing problems parents of teens face. When does my child's strange behavior need to be addressed and when is it alright to chalk it up to his growing brain and body? Dr.Read more ›
Nia Dance Teacher
Mother of two teenage boys
Chairperson of National Red Ribbon Week... Annual drug prevention and awareness campaign across the country.
Dr. Boesky is a really good writer. This subject matter is hard to think about or deal with. Dr. Boesky writing style is clear and to the point, which makes it a lot easier to read, comprehend and act on.
I wish teenagers were not this difficult, but when they are, this book is there to truly help.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
WHEN TO WORRY is a must read for parents of teens and tweens. The complexity of this time of life is even harder to figure out with the problems and stressors that kids face today. Read morePublished on March 11, 2010 by Secretdreamer
I work with children and families as a licensed psychologist . This book was a useful reference for my practice. Read morePublished on June 8, 2009 by Kindle Customer
My work place is full of mothers with teens. We have all gone through rough patches and worse with these kids. I purchased this for us to keep at work and share. Read morePublished on April 28, 2009 by Melissa A. Lee
When to Worry: How to Tell If Your Teen Needs Help-And What to Do About It
Lisa Boesky, Ph.D. ("Dr. Read more
It's a great read, excellent info, well done! What I really must compliment
you on is giving enough information to parents that it provides utility but
not too much... Read more