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DON'T BE S.A.D. by Susan Newman


A Teenage Guide to Handling Stress, Anxiety and Depression

by Susan Newman

Age Range: 10 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-671-72610-2

 Taking the view that teenage years are more complex and difficult these days, freelancer Newman uses individual cases to demonstrate problems with academic pressure, divorce, bulimia, pregnancy, and other issues. The format is easy to follow: a profile complemented by multicultural photos, followed by bulleted ``facts to focus on'' and ``moving in the right direction.'' The author's and adolescents' voices sound real: ``Dad is on your back...''; ``I considered killing myself. I'm Catholic but I didn't care if I went to hell. That's how bad it is.'' But while sensible, the advice about how to make things happen--changing the situation, changing your thinking, becoming more aware, understanding--may be harder to turn into reality. Perhaps the title heralds Newman's sometimes on-target, sometimes flabby points in ``moving in the right direction''--it's always risky to tell people how to feel. Resources; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)