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The Disappearing Girl: Learning the Language of Teenage Depression

Adults are increasingly concerned about the rising rate of depression in teenage girls and the frequency of alarming behaviors including wild conduct, explosive outbursts, back talking, sexual escapades, drug experimentation, and even cutting, eating disorders, and suicide attempts. Dr. Machoian offers conversation topics to help girls navigate mixed messages, develop their identity, make healthy decisions, and build resilience that will empower them throughout life, as well as helping parents manage their own frustration.

The Disappearing Girl, the first book on depression in teenage girls, helps parents understand why silence reflects a girl's desperate wish for inclusion, not isolation; the subtle differences between teen angst and problem behavior; and how, if untreated, girls will carry feelings of helplessness, anger, and depression into adulthood. When a girl in your life needs help, this book will help you recognize it — and now how to provide it.

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