The stressed years of their lives Helping your kid survive and thrive during their college years

B. Janet Hibbs

Book - 2019

"From two leading child and adolescent mental health experts comes a guide for the parents of every college and college-bound student who want to know what's normal mental health and behavior, what's not, and how to intervene before it's too late. All parenting is in preparation for letting go. However, the paradox of parenting is that the more we learn about late adolescent development and risk, the more frightened we become for our children, and the more we want to stay inv...olved in their lives. This becomes particularly necessary, and also particularly challenging, in mid- to late adolescence, the years just before and after students head off to college. These years coincide with the emergence of many mood disorders and other mental health issues. When family psychologist Dr. B. Hibbs's own son came home from college mired in a dangerous depressive spiral, she turned to Dr. Anthony Rostain. Dr. Rostain has a secret superpower: he understands the arcane rules governing privacy and parental involvement in students' mental health care on college campuses, the same rules that sometimes hold parents back from getting good care for their kids. Now, these two doctors have combined their expertise to corral the crucial emotional skills and lessons that every parent and student can learn for a successful launch from home to college"--

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Published
New York, NY : St. Martin's Press 2019.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xiii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages [297]-314) and index.
ISBN
9781250113139
125011313X
Main Author
B. Janet Hibbs (author)
Other Authors
Anthony L. Rostain (author)
  • Fault lines in the world of today's youth
  • Before you go: social-emotional PREP
  • Welcome to campus: overcoming mindset barriers to success
  • What to expect when Johnny's got issues
  • How to plan-and how to follow through
  • Risky business: the adolescent brain
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Crisis care
  • Adjusting to the boomerang kid
  • From recovery to relaunch
  • Recasting the safety net.
Review by Booklist Reviews

What best years? More than half of college students have had suicidal thoughts, one of many scary, eye-opening statistics found in this thorough, advice-packed guide. Coauthors family-therapist Hibbs and Rostain, who is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, authoritatively share wisdom gleaned from their professional and personal experiences. Hibbs even talks openly about her own son, who suffered from depression, which necessitated a medical leave from college. It's disheartening to read that the top two causes of college deaths are alcohol poisoning and party-related accidents followed by suicide. But the authors arm parents with tragedy-prevention tools, many presented in sidebars with titles like "How Students Can Help Themselves" and "How Parents Can Help Students." (One suggestion from the latter: "Practice ‘roses and thorns.' Ask your student to share the ups and downs of day-to-day life.) The authors also remind mothers and fathers to be responsive, warm listeners who offer calm support and love. They observe that "‘parents as partners' is becoming the mantra of higher education." Expect to feel empowered. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A guide for parents of college-bound students cites the emergence of mood disorders and other mental-health challenges in mid to late adolescence, sharing counsel on typical versus atypical mental health and what behaviors necessitate intervention.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A guide for parents of college-bound students cites the emergence of mood disorders and other mental-health challenges in mid- to late adolescence, sharing counsel on typical versus atypical mental health and what behaviors necessitate intervention.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"From two leading child and adolescent mental health experts comes a guide for the parents of every college and college-bound student who want to know what's normal mental health and behavior, what's not, and how to intervene before it's too late. "I canthink of no better guide than The Stressed Years of Their Lives for overwhelmed parents and stressed-out kids for navigating these turbulent times. This is required reading for the college set." --Brigid Schulte, author of the New York Times bestselling Overwhelmed All parenting is in preparation for letting go. However, the paradox of parenting is that the more we learn about late adolescent development and risk, the more frightened we become for our children, and the more we want to stay involved in their lives. This becomes particularly necessary, and also particularly challenging, in mid- to late adolescence, the years just before and after students head off to college. These years coincide with the emergence of many mood disorders and other mental health issues. When family psychologist Dr. B. Hibbs's own son came home from college mired in a dangerous depressive spiral, she turned to Dr. Anthony Rostain. Dr. Rostain has a secret superpower: he understands the arcane rules governing privacy and parental involvement in students' mental health care on college campuses, the same rules that sometimes hold parents back from getting good care for their kids. Now, these two doctors have combined their expertise to corral the crucial emotional skills and lessons that every parent and student can learn for a successful launch from home to college"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

From two leading child and adolescent mental health experts comes a guide for the parents of every college and college-bound student who want to know what’s normal mental health and behavior, what’s not, and how to intervene before it’s too late. “The title says it all...Chock full of practical tools, resources and the wisdom that comes with years of experience, The Stressed Years of their Lives is destined to become a well-thumbed handbook to help families cope with this modern age of anxiety.” —Brigid Schulte, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of Overwhelmed and director of the Better Life Lab at New AmericaAll parenting is in preparation for letting go. However, the paradox of parenting is that the more we learn about late adolescent development and risk, the more frightened we become for our children, and the more we want to stay involved in their lives. This becomes particularly necessary, and also particularly challenging, in mid- to late adolescence, the years just before and after students head off to college. These years coincide with the emergence of many mood disorders and other mental health issues.When family psychologist Dr. B. Janet Hibbs's own son came home from college mired in a dangerous depressive spiral, she turned to Dr. Anthony Rostain. Dr. Rostain has a secret superpower: he understands the arcane rules governing privacy and parental involvement in students’ mental health care on college campuses, the same rules that sometimes hold parents back from getting good care for their kids. Now, these two doctors have combined their expertise to corral the crucial emotional skills and lessons that every parent and student can learn for a successful launch from home to college.