Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Panic Attacks. Self-Mutilation. Anxiety. Four mental health obstacles and one teen who survived - Sophie Riegel.
From middle school through high school, Sophie struggled every single day. She was confused about her horrific thoughts, bullied by her peers for her "strange" behaviors, and felt ashamed of herself. But yet, she persisted. Through years of therapy, medication, the support of her family, and finding her inner strength to fight anxiety, Sophie found hope and happiness. In this groundbreaking book, written for teens by a teen, Sophie paints a vivid image of the reality of living with anxiety but also gives the readers tips, tools, and techniques for managing their struggles. Sophie's honesty and humor shine through on every page, inspiring teens (and those who love them) to take charge of their mental health - and their lives. Sophie offers practical advice to teens, parents, and professionals on how to talk about anxiety and mental health, how NOT to talk about it, when to ask for help, and so much more.
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"Great resource for teens and parents dealing with anxiety, OCD, and panic disorder. My 12-year daughter read it this afternoon and thought it is highly relatable and useful. The writer is not only courageous in sharing her story, she has a gift for writing! As a parent of a kid with anxiety and OCD, I am thankful for the FAQ portion. It provides invaluable insights and tips for parents helping their kids cope and thrive."
"Sophie’s writing opens up a window into what living with anxiety truly feels like.
Her words moved me to tears.
What a brave and brilliant young woman. Thank you for sharing your journey and also educating us all. This book is a must read for educators, parents, school counselors and students."
"I cannot get over Sophie's bravery, and her talent as a writer. Her story is so important and relatable, for any teen (or adult for that matter) who lives with anxiety and all that comes with it. This is really an epidemic problem, especially for young women, who feel (as Sophie did) that there was no way out. But beyond sharing her story, Sophie offers thoughtful, practical advice for people of all ages on how to do more than to live with anxiety, but to THRIVE. She's had an emotional, compelling journey - and has found success on so many levels. Truly inspiring."
"Sophie does, in her book, what many never do. She tells about her life experience, living with anxiety. Sophie's first-hand account is powerful and excruciating to read. Yet, it is evident throughout the book that Sophie remains positive and eager to learn more about herself and to improve her quality of life. Sophie includes insight for other teens as well as suggestions for how adults can talk to teens about mental health issues. Sophie will no doubt be an amazing advocate for mental health and we can all benefit from her leadership! I highly recommend this book to anyone who has anxiety or mental health issues OR anyone who knows someone with mental health issues. Honestly, that is EVERYONE!"
"A vital book for all teens, parents and teachers. Sophie brilliantly describes her own battles with mental illness and how she functions despite this. A great resource whether or not you or your teen are struggling."
"Sophie Riegel is a bright, witty teenager who suffers from clinical anxiety and OCD. Her first-person account of her struggles is moving and often even funny, and told in simple, lucid prose. The final chapters are especially helpful, as they are a compendium of what to do and say for someone with these struggles, and what *not* to do or say. This is definitely worth a read for anyone with these issues, or anyone who works with teenagers. It should be in the office of every high school counseling office, and I'll make sure my local high school gets a copy."
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