Thursday, December 1, 2011
Book Tour: Learning to Recognize and Overcome Teenage Depression
I still remember being a teenager. I remember how crazy your hormones could make you. Happy one second, sad the next. I remember one time I was exceptionally stressed out because I put a lot of pressure on myself to get straight A's. I mentioned it to an adult in my life, and their response was, "You don't even know what stress is!". As an adult who has been through A LOT, I can understand that what they meant was that life gets harder as you get older. However, I can also understand that stress is stress no matter what your age, and teenagers do deal with a lot of stress, which can lead to depression. It helps having a strong support network of friends that are there for one another while you are all going through the same issues.
I also remember that I lost a few friends to suicide while in high school, and even worse, when Nick and I were engaged and he was out at sea with the Navy, his best friend committed suicide at the age of 19 due to teenage depression. This affects teens from all socio-economic levels, those who are popular and those who are not. It is important as parents role models to be aware of what is going on with the teenagers in our lives. Let them know that you love them and care. Depression happens. If it is affecting someone in your life, the best thing you can do for them is get them professional help. Do not feel embarrassed or that you have failed as a parent, save the life of your child.
I have included the press release for this book below, for you to peruse. If you have a teen in your life, I hope you'll seriously consider purchasing this book and devouring the valuable information it contains: Dr. Gregg Jantz answers parents’ hardest questions about teenage depression.
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—He’s in his room for days at a time and barely responds when I talk to him. She’s teary every day, one minute demanding I tend to her needs and the next minute demanding I leave her alone. What’s going on with your teenager? Is it just the ups and downs of adolescence, or is it something more? In Dr. Gregg Jantz’s new book, The Stranger in Your House, parents will learn to distinguish between normal adolescent behavior and clinical depression.
Few things strike fear into the hearts of parents more than the approaching adolescence of their children. They have heard horror stories from family and friends about what it was like with their kids and dread the unknown. Will their happy-go-lucky child turn into some sort of a sullen monster? Will the childhood skirmishes of yesterday turn into open teenage warfare?
The roller coaster of adolescence is so prevalent, so stereotypical in some ways, that it has developed into a sort of cultural shorthand. Just say the words “teen angst” to a group of parents of adolescents and heads will nod. It’s a universal catch-phrase for anything from explosive anger to all-is-lost despair. Even kids who weather their teenage years with relative calm still undergo their seasons of adolescent squalls. With all of that swirling around in our heads, how can we know if our teen’s season of discontent is just that or something more?
Depression has the ability to derail a teenager’s progress toward healthy adulthood while confusing and frustrating parents. With years of experience, Dr. Jantz will answer the hard questions about the most critical season of your child’s life:
Is this “just a phase,” or is it clinical depression?
How do hormones affect my teen’s behavior—and what can I do about it?
How can I get help when I see the warning signs of suicidal thoughts?
Why does my teenager seem to need me some days and hate me other days?
How can I be a source of peace in my child’s life, especially when I feel stormy too?
The Stranger in Your House will help parents to push beyond the closed door that is adolescence and open the door to hope.
About the Author: Dr. Gregg Jantz is the best-selling author of numerous books, including Hope, Help, and Healing for Eating Disorders. He is the founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, a leading healthcare facility near Seattle that specializes in whole-person care. Jantz has appeared on numerous shows, including CNN’s Headline News and the 700 Club. He has been interviewed for CNN.com, as well as the New York Post, the Associated Press, Family Circle, Women’s Day, Yahoo.com and MSNBC.com.