The Disappearing Girl: Learning the Language of Teenage Depression

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Adults are increasingly concerned about the rising rate of depression in teenage girls and the frequency of alarming behaviors, including wild conduct, explosive outbursts, back talking, sexual escapades, drug experimentation, and even cutting, eating disorders, and suicide attempts. The Disappearing Girl, the first book on depression in teenage girls, helps parents understand: Why silence reflects a girl's desperate wish for inclusion, not isolation, Subtle differences between teen angst and problem behavior, ...
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Overview

Adults are increasingly concerned about the rising rate of depression in teenage girls and the frequency of alarming behaviors, including wild conduct, explosive outbursts, back talking, sexual escapades, drug experimentation, and even cutting, eating disorders, and suicide attempts. The Disappearing Girl, the first book on depression in teenage girls, helps parents understand: Why silence reflects a girl's desperate wish for inclusion, not isolation, Subtle differences between teen angst and problem behavior, Vulnerabilities in dating, friendship, school, and families, How, if untreated, girls will carry feelings of helplessness, anger, and depression into adulthood.
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“This is a hopeful book—for parents, teachers, therapists, and also for girls.”
—Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice

“This insightful and important book is a must read for all those relating to girls.”
—Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615516551
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Machoian, Ed.D., taught in Harvard’s Department of Human Development and Psychology and was alsthe director of their Gender Studies Concentration. She has worked for more than twenty years with teenage girls, and her articles have appeared in many publications. She now devotes her time to lecturing, consulting, and conducting workshops for parents, teens, and professionals. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from Harvard.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: A Thousand Faces xi
Chapter 1 Entering Dangerous Territory 1
Chapter 2 Hurricane Watch 19
Chapter 3 Who Am I? 38
Chapter 4 I Must Be Doing Something Wrong 62
Chapter 5 Risking Love 90
Chapter 6 When Actions Speak Louder Than Words 111
Chapter 7 The Spiral Begins 132
Chapter 8 Olivia: The Disappearing Girl 150
Chapter 9 Grace: A Story of Hope 166
Chapter 10 Between Angst and Depression 177
Chapter 11 A Shining Light 202
Chapter 12 Girls' Wisdom 207
Endnotes 217
Bibliography 227
Index 235
About the Author 245
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