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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Books for teenagers & adults


The selection of books and materials below has been put together on behalf of the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty based on recommendations received from child and adolescent mental health professionals and members of the FOCUS network around the country.



How it feels to be adopted, Jill Krementz
ISBN 0575034254, Knopf

19 boys and girls, from age 8 - 16 and from every social background, confide their feelings about this crucial fact.



You mean I'm not Lazy, Stupid or crazy?! book coverPutting on the brakes: young people's guide to understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern
ISBN 1557988323, Magination Press
When young people learn they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), they often have many questions, doubts, and fears. Written from both a paediatric and an educational perspective, this book attempts to address these questions and needs.


You mean I'm not lazy, stupid or crazy? A self-help book for adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, Kate Kelly, Peggy Ramundo and Larry Silver
ISBN 0684815311, Simon & Schuster
Provides practical advice on controlling adult ADD. A straightforward guide explains how to get along in groups, become organized, improve memory, and pursue professional help.


Driven to distraction: recognizing and coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from childhood through adulthood, Edward Hallowell and John Ratey
ISBN 0684801280, Simon & Schuster
This book dispels a variety of myths about Attention Deficit Disorder.


Attention Deficit Disorder: a different perception, Thom Hartmann
ISBN 0717128652, Newleaf
Provides helpful advice on Attention Deficit Disorder.


Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: embracing disorganization at home and in the workplace, Sari Solden
ISBN 1887424059, Underwood Books Inc
This book explains that ADD is an equal-opportunity disorder that affects just as many women as men.


Help4ADD@Highschool, Kathleen Nadeau
ISBN 0966036611, Advantage Books
A book that teens with ADHD will want to read. Designed as a "web-site" that young people can surf. It's user friendly, on-target book that provides straight talk on high school, drugs, sex, friends, parents, college and much more from an ADHD perspective.


Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time book coverFreaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence, Luke Jackson

ISBN 1843100983, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Have you ever been called a freak or a geek? Have you ever felt like one? Luke Jackson is 13 years old and has Asperger Syndrome. Over the years Luke has learned to laugh at such names but there are other aspects of life which are more difficult. Adolescence and the teenage years are a minefield of emotions, transitions and decisions and when a child has Asperger Syndrome, the result is often explosive. Luke writes briefly about his younger autistic and ADHD brothers, providing amusing insights into the antics of his younger years and

advice for parents, carers and teachers of younger AS children.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon

ISBN 0099450259, Vintage

A murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone, who is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.



Depression is the pits, but I'm getting better: a guide for adolescents, E Jane Garland
ISBN 1557984581, Magination Press
A clear and user-friendly guide that will be helpful to anyone suffering from depression.


Disability & Chronic Illness

Easy for you to say: Q & As for teens living with chronic illness or disability, Miriam Kaufman
ISBN 1554070783 , Firefly Books
A straightforward and non-judgemental book of advice for teenagers with a wide range of illnesses.


Eating Disorders

Girls under pressure book coverGirls under pressure, Jacqueline Wilson
ISBN 0552548324, Corgi
Feeling like she doesn't measure up to her "drop-dead gorgeous" friends, Ellie tries to take control of her weight, and end ups battling with bulimia.




Growing Up and Sex

Boy crazy: remembering adolescence, therapies and dreams, Janet Sayers
ISBN 0415190851, Routledge
Illustrated throughout with examples from a study of school and university students' adolescent memories and dreams, it weaves together telling vignettes from fiction and film with the author's own work as a therapist.


Learning Disabilities

many Ways to Learn book coverMany ways to learn - young people's guide to Learning Disabilities, Judith Stern and Uzi Ben-Ami
ISBN 0945354746, Magination Press
For 8-14 years. This book is written for children with learning disabilities. It describes the different kinds of learning disabilities while reassuring children without overwhelming them. Gives practical suggestions about how children can reach their goals.





Teen-Esteem: A self-direction manual for young adults, Pat Palmer and Melissa Froehner
ISBN 1886230145, Impact Publishers
For teenagers to help them take charge of their life.



A Guide to Learning Independently, Lorraine Marshall and Frances Rowland
ISBN 0582811708, Longman Publishing Group
Designed to empower the reader to develop the necessary skills to survive as an informed, independent and versatile student.



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