When Living Hurts: For Teenagers, Young Adults, Their Parents, Leaders, and Counselors

When Living Hurts: For Teenagers, Young Adults, Their Parents, Leaders, and Counselors

by Sol Gordon
     
 

Highly lauded by Psychology Today and School Library Journal when it was first published in 1985, this groundbreaking work has been thoroughly revised and updated. This insightful, direct book is written for young people who are in trouble or for those who want to help those in trouble. It identifies early warning signals of suicide, suggests how to get help for…  See more details below

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Highly lauded by Psychology Today and School Library Journal when it was first published in 1985, this groundbreaking work has been thoroughly revised and updated. This insightful, direct book is written for young people who are in trouble or for those who want to help those in trouble. It identifies early warning signals of suicide, suggests how to get help for different kinds of problems, and offers ways to cope creatively with anxiety, anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness, or depression. Dr. Gordon acknowledges that we live in an imperfect world. There is much to worry about, and everyone at some time feels hopeless, helpless, and unloved. Yet there are things that we can do that will lead to new understandings and appreciation of the opportunities that life has to offer. The author frankly discusses difficult subjects such as drug and alcohol use, sexuality, relationships, and high-risk behaviors in an honest, nonjudgmental way. In a time when depression and suicide among youth are being documented in greater numbers than ever, Dr. Gordon makes it clear: you and those you care about can find help when living hurts.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Gordon has a national reputation as a speaker and author on sexuality, family, relationships, and suicide prevention. This work was first published in 1985 and is reprinted and revised in this third edition. Gordon's gentle and practical advice continues to have something to say. Aimed at youth, parents, counselors, and community leaders, major topics-friends in need, suicide prevention, sex and love, parents, God, the purpose of life-include short, pithy essays punctuated with advice and suggestions, making it easy for the reader to target a specific area of interest. For example, on the topic "Parent Concerns," the first essay is about getting along with parents. Gordon acknowledges that parents might not understand, that a teen might be more sensitive than his or her parents, and possibly that parents do not care or are abusive toward their teens. In most cases, he says, parents do love their children, but they might not know what is right for them or how to express it. He explores this topic in a down-to-earth manner offering help for coping. Although some of his advice sounds simplistic, the appeal of this book is its accessibility because of the non-accusatory style and compassion. The reader feels as if a caring counselor is talking with him or her, offering support. For youth and the adults who care about them, this book might provide comfort and common ground for talking about the problems and worries through which young people struggle. It is not a prescriptive book for handling serious, major problems, although it might help someone recognize the signals of real trouble brewing. A long list of Web sites of helping organizations is included. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better thanmost, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, URJ Press, 179p.; Further Reading. Appendix., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.
—Dolores Maminski

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807408643
Publisher:
URJ Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
179
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

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