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.

Next to Nothing

More than simple cases of dieting gone awry, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are among the most fatal of mental illnesses. Carrie Arnold developed anorexia as an adolescent and nearly lost her life to the disease. In Next to Nothing, she tells the story of her descent into anorexia, and of how she was able to seek help and recover. Now an adult, Arnold uses her own experiences to offer practical advice and guidance to young adults who have recently been diagnosed with an eating disorder, or who are at risk for developing one.

What You Must Think of Me

For the 15 million Americans with social anxiety disorder, the fear of being scrutinized and criticized can reach disabling proportions. Such was the case for Emily Ford, who shares her firsthand experiences in these pages. Her true story of fear, struggle, and ultimate triumph is sure to resonate with other socially anxious teenagers and young adults. Emily’s story is coupled with the latest medical and scientific information about the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and self-management of social anxiety disorder.

Monochrome Days: A First-Hand Account of One Teenager’s Experience With Depression

If you are one of the nearly 20 percent of adolescents who experience the symptoms of major depression before the end of high school, then you are probably already familiar with the sadness, isolation, and confusion that depression can bring. Monochrome Days was written specifically for you. It is the firsthand story of Cait Irwin, who was diagnosed with major depression at the age of 14, and who nearly lost her battle with the illness before she was able to receive the treatment she so desperately needed.

Adolescent Psychopathology and the Developing Brain

Recent advances in our understanding of the human brain suggest that adolescence is a unique period of development during which both environmental and genetic influences can leave a lasting impression. The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Adolescent Risk Communication Institute held a conference on this interdisciplinary area, focusing on two questions: What neurodevelopmental processes in children and adolescents could be altered so that mental disorders might be prevented? What interventions or life experiences might be able to introduce such changes?

Mind Race

New to the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series are books written for teens and adolescents, addressing some of the mental health issues facing young people today: depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders. They will be written for and by young people who have struggled with and conquered these illnesses, and supplemented by the scholarship and expertise of psychiatrists and psychologists, The first in this series looks at bipolar disorder, written by Patrick Jamieson, who now directs APPC’s Adolescent Risk Communication Institute.

If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder

Growing up can be stressful for any teenager, but it is considerably harder for the many adolescents who develop an anxiety disorder. This book is an essential guide for parents, teachers, or others involved with teenagers who may be affected by these disorders. By bringing together the expertise of mental health professionals with that of parents who have lived through the experience of their own teenager’s illness, this book offers adults the clinical information and practical advice they need to understand and help the teen.