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"In When to Worry, Dr. Boesky has developed a masterpiece."
           -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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iParenting Media Award

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Lisa Boesky; 1 edition (July 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814473636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814473634
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donna Coffeen on January 12, 2008
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I teach in a juvenile justice center school and work with kids who have developed problems that many of them will not outgrow and should have been addressed much sooner.

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.
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When to Worry by Dr. Lisa can save families a lot of agony and suffering. I found it to be a very detailed and concise guide in how to weave your way through what can be very confusing and scary (and complicated!) in the mental health system. Thank God my daughter has this reference book to turn to for guidance in raising her teenage sons. I have bought copies for everyone in my life who is raising or working with a teenager. And I even donated a few copies to the counselors at the middle school where I live. I wish there were a Dr. Lisa years ago when I was struggling with one of my own children.
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This book was very helpful to me during a totally stressful year in a life of parenting. My son was 17 at the time, and there were days when I considered moving out, it was so bad. Things are much better now, over a year later, but this book did help very much.
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As a mother of a son and daughter, each with many worrisome problems, I learned more, understood more, and received clearer direction from Dr. Boesky's book than from a dozen others combined. I was literally riveted to each page, at last feeling like someone, Dr. Lisa, knew exactly what I could do and where I could find help. Every parent should have this guidebook "at the ready!"
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Drugs, sex and rock'n roll. That sums up your teenage years in four words. Okay, maybe five.

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.
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While currently experiencing all the facets of development with my 14 yr. old son including self-inquiry, biology, personality, teen hormones, and environment, I found there to be lots of "psycho-babble" in most books.I also found that as a parent, I too needed a "life-coach", a source to provide clear concrete paths to choose from. One's that fit. One's that helped guide this very personal and individualized process. I FINALLY found this in Dr. Lisa's book. She gave us "years" of time and research, which afforded us the TIME we needed to give to our son. This is large. And essential. A road map, with good directions. A brilliant combination.
Finlee Stevenson
Nia Dance Teacher
Mother of two teenage boys
Chairperson of National Red Ribbon Week... Annual drug prevention and awareness campaign across the country.
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I bought a copy of this book and left it out for the whole family to see, letting my 2 teenagers know that I care enough to be informed, as well as to let them know there are resources available for them.

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.
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