"A highly informative and remarkably sensitive book that provides children of parents who have a mental illness with easily accessible information and compassionate support that will make their difficult journey easier. This book provides a tremendous amount of information about mental illness and convincingly informs the readers that their confusion and feelings are not an indication that there is something wrong with them - but rather that they are dealing with extraordinarily difficult circumstances that are not of their own making. It is essential that this book be made available to teens dealing with mental illness in the family. It could make all the difference in the world." - Fred Sautter Ph.D. Tulane University Health Sciences Center
I'm Not Alone: A Teen's Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has a Mental Illness focuses on the teenager's experience of living with a parent who has a serious mental illness with particular attention to depression bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The reader learns about the causes of mental illness common symptoms of each disorder the role of mental health professionals and treatment options. A variety of educational techniques are used throughout the text including stories poems inspirational quotes and key lessons. Part Two normalizes the teen's experience of a wide range of emotions and teaches effective coping tools. The reader then identifies his/her personal support system and weighs the pros and cons of sharing personal information with trustworthy friends. Throughout the book readers are encouraged to respond to questions to consider hypothetical scenarios that may resonate with their experiences and to reflect on their feelings via journaling. Part Three includes frequently asked questions a glossary and an extensive resource list. This practical reassuring book connects with readers so they feel informed in control hopeful and not alone.
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