Life Happens: A Teenager's Guide to Friends, Sexuality, Love, Rejection, Addiction, Peer Pressure, Families, Loss, Depression, Change & Other Challenges of Living

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If you can't seem to get in touch with your emotions - and you feel that there's no one you can turn to - then you need Life Happens. Written by specialists in adolescent psychology and medicine, this reassuring guide offers information to help you understand that the way you're feeling is totally normal, even when it seems that you're depressed for no reason at all. Using the voices and letters of teens seeking help, the authors discuss some of today's most difficult situations - from the pressure to get good ...
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Overview

If you can't seem to get in touch with your emotions - and you feel that there's no one you can turn to - then you need Life Happens. Written by specialists in adolescent psychology and medicine, this reassuring guide offers information to help you understand that the way you're feeling is totally normal, even when it seems that you're depressed for no reason at all. Using the voices and letters of teens seeking help, the authors discuss some of today's most difficult situations - from the pressure to get good grades to questions concerning sexuality to dealing with your parents. You'll learn the steps you can take to help yourself, as well as how and where to get professional help, if you want it.

Offers advice on how to cope with such feelings as sadness, anger, and anxiety related to various problems faced by many teenagers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399519871
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,260,889
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.05 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy McCoy, Ph.D., is an award-winning author of eleven books, a psychotherapist, and Coordinator of the Clinical Ph.D. Program at the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. A former editor for 'Teen, Dr. McCoy has written hundreds of articles for such publications as Redbook, Readers' Digest, The New York Times, Family Circle, Glamour, and Ladies Home Journal. An online expert specializing in adolescent psychology, she has made numerous appearances on "The Today Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Hour Magazine," "Sally Jessy Raphael," and "Home and Family."

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 What Am I Feeling? Why Do I Feel So Bad? 3
2 What Does It Mean to Be Depressed? 11
3 What's Happening in My Life to Make Me Feel So Bad? 17
4 I've Loved and Lost (and Other Hazards of Love Relationships) 29
5 I Feel Like a Failure 45
6 My Family Is Changing ... and My Life Is Falling Apart 55
7 I'm Having a Sexuality-Related Crisis - Date Rape, Sexually Transmitted Disease, Pregnancy - and I Don't Know What to Do! 68
8 I'm Gay/Lesbian and ... 85
9 I'm Totally Stressed Out! 102
10 I Have an Alcoholic Parent 126
11 It Hurts to Be Different 137
12 Someone I Love Has Died ... and I Don't Think I'll Ever Be Happy Again 153
13 I Feel Awful and I Still Don't Know Why 172
14 Getting Professional Help 181
15 I Have a Friend Who ... 194
16 You're Not Crazy ... You're Normal! 201
Index 207
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