Too Stressed to Think?: A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You Crazy


School pressures. Family problems. Dating and relationship issues. Multi-tasking, deadlines, the future, rules, rumors, worries, decisions, popularity, mean people, peer pressure, conflicts, expectations, an overloaded schedule... They all add up to stress.

Stress is part of life, and most people think there's not a lot you can do about it. Actually, there is. You can learn about stress. You can understand how stress affects your brain and body-how it blocks you from thinking ...

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School pressures. Family problems. Dating and relationship issues. Multi-tasking, deadlines, the future, rules, rumors, worries, decisions, popularity, mean people, peer pressure, conflicts, expectations, an overloaded schedule... They all add up to stress.

Stress is part of life, and most people think there's not a lot you can do about it. Actually, there is. You can learn about stress. You can understand how stress affects your brain and body-how it blocks you from thinking clearly and making good choices, how it keeps you off balance and wears you down. You can create and maintain a less stressful lifestyle. This book is your guide, your teacher, your friend, and maybe your lifeline, depending on how stressed-out you are.

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Editorial Reviews

This self-help guide is certainly needed by today's teens. It begins by going through physical and emotional reasons for stress and responses to stress of all kinds. Then adolescent physiology is covered, as is why sleep and food are so important at this stage. Techniques to respond to stress in a healthy way are explored, for dealing with simple to complicated situations. A great resource section contains links and books for teens to get help. Examples of stressful situations based on the authors' research with teens include interesting stories and quotes from teens themselves- the strength of the book. For example, one section addresses what to do when friendships end or change and how to respond from conversations to finding new friends. This book best handles daily stressful situations for teens, and spends less time on serious issues such as family situations and abuse, which are touched on, from possible warning signs of abusive boyfriends to eating disorders, but are covered in depth in other resources, including the associations listed in the back. The book is meant to be an engaging read for teens with an average amount of stress, and it succeeds. There are plenty of easy tips for those situations. Because it addresses sexual pressure in relationships, it may be placed in collections for older teens. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Free Spirit, 176p.; Index. Biblio. Further Reading., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.
—Amy Alessio
Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Welcome to the real world of 2006. A teen's life is full of stress, whether it comes from school, family life, sports, or relationships. Fox and Kirschner have put together ten chapters that range from identifying stress and its effects on the body, to the various causes of stress for teens, and ending with what to do if the stress becomes overwhelming. For most teens the ideas given in the chapter "Your Stress Busting Tools" will suffice, but the authors recognize that some teens face bigger problems than worrying about the next history exam or a relationship break-up; therefore, they do not hesitate to advise teens to seek outside counsel, and they provide several avenues for teens to get the help they need. Realistic situations are interspersed throughout the book in the form of vignettes telling stories of teens in stressful situations. In addition, there are quotes from teens taken from interviews on the Internet. Both of these give teens a chance to recognize their own lives and experiences within the text. Designed to be read in any order, the pages often refer the reader to other sections if needed. While no book can solve everyone's problems, this one is a nice way to introduce teens to the concepts of good and bad stressors, relaxation techniques, and how to recognize when enough is enough and it is time to ask for help. Simple drawings, boxed text, and frequent headings break up the text, making it more reader friendly.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This well-organized, upbeat book discusses what stress is and how it affects the body and brain, talks about tools to reduce and control it, and gives suggestions for recognizing the myriad situations that can trigger stress at home and at school and seeking help when necessary. Best of all, each one of these scenarios includes information on how the situation might be addressed. Nice also are the tips that encourage readers to use breathing exercises to calm and center themselves. Sprinkled throughout the book are quotes from teens on what works for them and what causes them anxiety. Related helplines are appended. This volume is one of a number of other similar-themed books, but it is probably safe to say that a school library, in particular, cannot have too many such titles. It may well be the one that strikes the right cord with a distressed teen.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"Well-organized, upbeat...strikes the right chord with a distressed teen." -School Library Journal

“Definitely worth will help you reduce how often you get stressed and help you deal with things that annoy you.” —Scholastic Choices Magazine

 “Too Stressed to Think? aims to help teenagers confront a common and powerful menace: Stress. The authors, both educators, have developed a curriculum to help teens understand how stress affects them physically and mentally and how to create more balance and control in their lives. In addition to gaining useful tools and techniques to combat stress, teens can read insights and suggestions by other teens and stories about real-life challenges.”
—Youth Today Magazine

“The perfect gift to give a teen. As a psychologist and a mother, I give this book two thumbs ‘way up.’ Bravo to Annie Fox and Ruth Kirschner for giving teens a sound resource to help them through the ‘roller-coaster years’”—Louise Masin Sattler, NCSP, owner of Signing Families

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417660094
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 163
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Annie Fox, M.Ed., is an educator, author, and online advisor for teens. The author of Free Spirit's Middle School Confidential™ series, she also presents workshops to teens, parents, educators, and youth organizations throughout the country. Annie’s Web site ( serves as a popular forum for teen and family issues. She lives in San Francisco, California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part 1 Learning the Basics 5
1 Stress 101 7
2 Stress and Your Brain 18
3 Stress and Your Body 30
4 Your Stress-Busting Tools 46
Part 2 Working Through the Conflicts 67
5 You and Your Family 69
6 Friends and Supporters 87
7 The Boyfriend/Girlfriend Zone 99
8 Stress Less at School 110
Part 3 Taking Care of Yourself (Because You're Worth It) 125
9 Take Time to Relax 127
10 Get the Help You Need 142
A Final Word 149
Where to Go for More Info 151
Bibliography 157
Index 159
About the Authors 163
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