Adolescent Mental Health Initiative

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands created its Adolescent Mental Health Initiative to synthesize and disseminate scientific research on the prevention and treatment of mental disorders in adolescents. The Initiative creates books for scholars and the public on topics including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia and suicide prevention.

Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders

The second edition of Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders: What We Know and What We Don’t Know provides a substantive update to the acclaimed original published in 2005, with new sections on gambling and internet addiction, as well as DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. The volume updates the work of seven panels of experts in such areas as adolescent anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder, eating disorders, substance and alcohol abuse, and suicide prevention, as well as positive youth development.

Eight Stories Up

As a teenager, DeQuincy Lezine nearly ended his own life, believing it was the only way to escape his overwhelming emotional pain. Instead, he was able to find expert psychiatric care, and went on to found the first university campus chapter of the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA. Now a researcher at the University of Rochester’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide, Lezine has devoted his life to preventing suicide in adolescents, and he brings his experience to bear in Eight Stories Up.

The Thought that Counts

For the millions of Americans with obsessive-compulsive disorder, the intrusive thoughts and uncontrollable behaviors can take a harsh toll. Diagnosed with OCD at age 11, Jared Douglas Kant became ruled by dread of deadly germs and diseases, the unrelenting need to count and check things, and a persistent, nagging doubt that overshadowed his life. In The Thought that Counts, Jared shares his account of trial, tribulation, and triumph.

Chasing the High

Kyle Keegan was like many teenagers: eager to fit in at school, he experimented with alcohol and drugs. Soon, his abuse of these substances surpassed experimentation and became a ruthless addiction to heroin that nearly destroyed his life. Now in recovery, Keegan tells his remarkable story in Chasing the High.

Me, Myself, and Them

During his second semester at college, Kurt Snyder became convinced that he was about to discover a fabulously important mathematical principle. In time, his thoughts took a darker turn, and he became preoccupied with the idea that cars were following him, or that strangers wanted to harm him. Kurt’s mind had been hijacked by schizophrenia. In Me, Myself, and Them, Kurt, now an adult, looks back from the vantage point of recovery and describes the debilitating changes in thoughts and perceptions that took hold of his life during his teens and twenties.