Part IV: Traumatic Family Experiences: Adolescent violence, drug abuse, and “mental illness"

This is the fourth in a series of four articles on adolescence.

I remember the parents well – a middle aged couple, they were very sad and communicated a sense of helplessness. The mother completed their story in a tone of resignation and pain: “The worst is that we cannot…

Part III: The Family at an Impasse: Therapeutic guidelines and practical resources for parents

This is the third in a series of four articles on adolescence.

A family with a teenager in trouble is a family in crisis. Whether there is a daughter who refuses to eat and rapidly loses weight or a rebellious and out-of-control son, whether a teenager seems to oscillate…

Part II: The Paradox of Adolescence: Integrating Diverging Challenges

This is the second in a series of four articles on adolescence.

Tom, a 14 year old freshman in high school, lately has been surprising his parents with his frequent responses to any requests they have: “Leave me alone!” or “Go away!” or “Why do you bother me all the time?!”…

Part I: Examining Adolescence at the Interface of Multiple Contexts

This is the first in a series of four articles on adolescence.

John, a freshman with a worn-down demeanor strolls into the therapist’s office last in line after his parents and siblings. Months of John’s cutting classes prompted the guidance counselor at his suburban high…