Balancing Act: A Teen's Guide to Managing Stress

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Are you anxious? Irritable? Feeling depressed? Having trouble sleeping? Feeling tired all the time? If these symptoms describe you, you may have too much stress in your life! Stress is a fact of life. We all live with it. We all experience its effects. The exhilarated rider on a roller coaster experiences one kind of stress. The terrified victim of assault experiences another. Too many teens, however, deal with a potentially harmful, even deadly form of stress: chronic stress. This book offers teens a primer on ...

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Are you anxious? Irritable? Feeling depressed? Having trouble sleeping? Feeling tired all the time? If these symptoms describe you, you may have too much stress in your life! Stress is a fact of life. We all live with it. We all experience its effects. The exhilarated rider on a roller coaster experiences one kind of stress. The terrified victim of assault experiences another. Too many teens, however, deal with a potentially harmful, even deadly form of stress: chronic stress. This book offers teens a primer on stress: What is it? From where does it come? How does it help us? How can it cause harm? How do we know if we're under too much stress? What unhealthy ways of handling stress should we avoid? What healthy ways of stress management can we embrace? What tips or strategies might help us better handle the sources of stress in our lives? If you want to know how to manage stress better, sidebars, easy-to-understand statistics, and real-life case studies make this book an informative, interesting read.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 9 Up-While not as well written or as engaging as other titles in the series, these three books do address important topics. Presented with a blend of straightforward facts and personal vignettes, the texts are accessible and logically organized. Balancing looks at a variety of anxiety-producing situations and gives teens suggestions for dealing with stress in their lives. Esherick describes the body's physical reaction to stress, using words and images that young people can easily understand. Dead addresses the myths and dangers of making sleep a low priority in a teen's life. While avoiding sleep deprivation can be as simple as reordering one's priorities, the author also points out that the problem can be the result of physical or mental illness. Silent looks at teen suicide, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors, and self-injury. It is designed to help teens identify the difference between normal risk-taking and actions that could be life-threatening. The first-person vignettes are eerily frightening and moving. All three titles use a mix of realistic, full-color photographs and cartoon graphics to illustrate major points. These volumes will serve as useful introductory resources for teens, but need to be supplemented with class discussion and other informative materials.-Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590848531
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Science of Health Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,043,897
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

    A Truthful and Healthy Guidance To Managing Stress.

    This was an outstanding and extremely helpful book. I really learned a lot about what causes my stress, and ways to manage everything about it. I can't tell you how much this book helped me to understand what I've been going through. Not only did it explain all the reasons for different feelings I have, it showed me true and meaningful ways to control myself. This book should be read by all teenagers, and even adults. High school is a stressful time in a teenagers life and this book can really help to make a difference in someone's success.

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