Mood Prep 101: A Parent's Guide to Preventing Depression and Anxiety in College-Bound Teens

ISBN : 9780190914301

Carol Landau
272 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jul 2020
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Our teenagers are suffering more than ever. College counseling centers are overwhelmed, parents are worried, and mental health issues are increasingly common in young people between the ages of 12 and 20. Parents are particularly concerned about how to help their kids achieve a safe, healthy, and fulfilling college experience in light of soaring rates of depression and anxiety in young people. Mood Prep 101: A Parent's Guide to Preventing Depression and Anxiety in College-Bound Teens answers the question most parents have - "What can we do?" - when it comes to college-bound teens who may be vulnerable to anxiety and depression. Written with humor and compassion by award-winning psychologist and psychotherapist Carol Landau, this timely book empowers parents by providing strategies for helping their children psychologically prepare for college and adulthood, as well as by addressing and alleviating the anxiety parents themselves may feel about kids leaving home for the first time. Young people need a solid foundation of parental support in order to succeed at college; as such, Landau shows parents how they can promote healthy communication and problem-solving skills, and how they can help young people learn to better regulate emotions and tolerate distress. Landau also describes stressors typical amongst college students, and explains how to identify vulnerabilities to anxiety and depression, including perfectionism, social isolation, and the feeling of being "different". Finally, the book sheds light on some of the risky behaviors commonly found on today's college campuses, such as substance use and unsafe sexual relationships, and how they can exacerbate or even trigger anxiety and depression in young people. Landau concludes by calling on parents and educators to back away from the stressful, competitive focus of the college admissions process and turn instead to the values of curiosity, collaboration and empathy.


PART ONE Depression and Anxiety in College Students: How Parents Can Help
Chapter One: Empowering Yourself to Support Your Teen and Prevent Depression and Anxiety
Chapter Two: Adolescent Development: Myths and Realities
Chapter Three: Traveling Companions: Adolescent Depression and Anxiety in all Their Forms
PART TWO Strong Foundations
Chapter Four: Communication Skills: Active Listening, Avoiding the Lecture
Chapter Five: I got this! The Joy of Competence and Self-Efficacy
Chapter Six: Self-Regulation: Healthy Sleep, Nutrition, and Physical Activity
Chapter Seven: Healthy Boundaries: Growing Up Safe
Chapter Eight: Distress Tolerance, Distraction, and Mindfulness Matters
Chapter Nine: Social Power: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Chapter Ten: Time Out for Self-reflection
PART THREE Vulnerabilities and Strategies for Change
Chapter Eleven: How the Principles of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Other Evidence-Based Therapies Can Help Your Family
Chapter Twelve: Transforming Malignant Perfectionism and Encouraging Flexibility
Chapter Thirteen: Growing Up Different: LGTBQ Issues and Teens Who Are Overweight
Chapter Fourteen: No Shame, No Stigma: When and How to Get Psychological Help
PART FOUR Changing Times: Campus Life, Anxiety and Depression
Chapter Fifteen: College as a Land of Opportunity: Family, Friends, and Faculty
Chapter Sixteen: College as a Land of Challenges
Chapter Seventeen: Getting Help on Campus
Chapter Eighteen: Is Taking Time Off a Good Idea?
Chapter Nineteen: Can We Change the Culture to Promote Psychological Health?
Appendix One: Depression Checklist
Appendix Two Anxiety Checklists
Appendix Three: LGBTQ Vocabulary

About the author: 

Carol Landau, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Brown University's Alpert Medical School. Dr. Landau is an expert in the treatment of depression, and has been treating high school and college students and their families for over 30 years.

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