The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan


The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan is an established expert on the teenage brain and adolescent stress, known for her engaging, clear style. She is the author of the internationally renowned Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed (shortlisted for the Aventis prize for science) and has spoken in schools and at conferences around the world. Now The Teenage Guide to Stress - written for teenagers but essential for adults who want to understand - tackles all the external stresses that teenagers face, including feelings of anger, sadness (and depression), fear and failure; issues caused by changing bodies, body hatred, weight problems, eating disorders and self-harm; pressures of exams and schoolwork; sleep problems; changing relationships with friends and family; boyfriend/girlfriend issues and sexual pressures; bullying and cyber-bullying; problems arising from the internet; and looks at how pre-existing conditions such as OCD and dyslexia may be affected by adolescence. As well as a sympathetic, practical and positive look at all those stresses, The Teenage Guide to Stress clearly explains the biology behind stress and, crucially, a huge range of strategies and suggestions to deal with it and prevent negative symptoms. A list of useful resources completes this fantastically wide-ranging, reassuring, eye-opening and comprehensive guide for young people, empowering them to take control of their mental health.


This book is a must-read for all teenagers but also for those who work with young people or are parents of teenagers. It will put your mind at rest and help you understand your own stressful situations and those of the people around you. A fantastic self-help book; Nicola Morgan is non-judgemental and knowledgeable without being preachy and it's reassuring to see her personal experiences included. Just the process of reading this book is cathartic but the guidance provided is wonderful We Love This Book Nicola Morgan's helpful guide about how to deal with these pressures that present themselves during high school, and includes handy tips and tricks to remaining stress-free... There's tons of topical stuff included that will benefit a lot of teenagers, particularly if they feel they can't talk to friends or family about their problems. More books like this should exist and be openly accessible to teenagers; in fact, a copy of The Teenage Guide to Stress should find a home in every high school library. Our teenage years are often the most difficult times to get through, so a guide like this really is invaluable and will be read for years to come. Wondrous Reads I cannot recommend this wonderful book highly enough. Despite the book being aimed at teenagers I have already recommended it to several parents struggling to support their children. This book would certainly be a valuable present for any teenager or parent. Wellbeing Mentor Written by a highly experienced author, clearly the book explains the biology behind stress and offers a huge range of practical strategies to cope with it and prevent negative symptoms... adults who are caring for stressed teens should read this book themselves, to gain an insight into the issues. Reassuring and comprehensive, this is an excellent practical guide Parents in Touch Essential reading for teenagers and the adults who care about them -- Fiona Noble Bookseller Children's Guide For level headed commonsense advice you could do no better than to turn to Nicola Morgan ... an extremely useful book. Books for Keeps This book is positive and reassuring and gives teenagers, and the adults who support them, practical strategies to manage stress. A useful read for teenagers, parents and those working with teenagers. The Psychologist Written in a frank but non-sensational style, this book will be useful both for teenagers and for the adults who care or instruct them The School Librarian

About the Author

Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan

As a child

Nicola Morgan was born in a boys-only boarding school, and later attended a boys-only school until she was eleven years old. Consequently, she was brilliant at making bows and arrows, climbing trees and winning conker matches - none of which have been of any use to her whatsoever in later life. She loved writing though. She wrote her first ever actual story aged fourteen - in a public exam. She loved reading too, and spent most of holidays curled up with a book.

As an adult

Nicola Morgan first knew she wanted to write for a living when she was at university. Before that, she had thought that all writers were dead. She studied classics and philosophy at Cambridge. “That doesn’t sound very useful,” she says, “but it was the most useful grounding for a writer because it taught me to look very closely at language and meaning. She became an English teacher, later specialising and training in teaching children with reading difficulties. She is now an Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland. She also helps writers understand about publishing, how to get published and the whole business of surviving and thriving as a writer.

As a writer

Nicola works in her garden office at the far end of her garden. All she can see from it is birds, trees, flowers and sky. She always uses a computer because she likes to change what she’s written a lot. A LOT! Main books: Mondays are Red, Fleshmarket, Sleepwalking, The Passionflower Massacre, Chicken Friend, Blame My Brain, Know Your Brain, Deathwatch, The Highwayman’s Footsteps, The Highwayman’s Curse, Wasted, Write to be Published, Tweet Right – the Sensible Person’s Guide to Twitter, Dear Agent Write a Great Synopsis, People Who Made History in Ancient Greece, Lots of Thomas the Tank Engine books and home learning books

Things you didn't know about Nicola Morgan

I am obsessed by boots and shoes and each time I get a new book contract I treat myself to more. I do press-ups every day. Well, almost. I am frightened of frogs. I have one leg longer than the other. Someone once tried to abduct me and my dog. I was born in a boys’ school and I went to school in a boys’ school till I was 11. My favourite foods are anchovies and stinky blue cheese. And Brussels sprouts. When I was a child I was very, very shy. Now I pretend not to be. My pet hate is people dropping litter. If I could wave a magic wand, I would stop teenagers suffering from too much stress.

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304 pages
Interest Age: From 13


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Publication date

3rd July 2014



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