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Acclaimed YA author Nicola Morgan releases ‘The Teenage Guide to Stress.’

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Article by Alison Wells © 11 September 2014.
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Most timely for the return to school is Nicola Morgan’s new book The Teenage Guide to Stress. As any paent will know, transitions are difficult and the teenagers years can be rife with worry and change. Nicola Morgan is a prolific author whose fiction for young people including the books Wasted and Sleepwalking have received many literary awards. She has also provided useful general guides for writers such as Tweet Right and Write a Great Synopsis. Nicola has a strong interest in helping teenagers (and their parents) understand how the teenage brain works and how to face the common stresses at this time of their lives. BLAME MY BRAIN was “shortlisted for the Aventis prize for science-writing, is internationally acclaimed, and has been reprinted many times and translated into other languages. It is highly unusual (possibly unique) in being written specifically for teenagers to understand their own brains.”  It has been commended by both medical professionals and teens themselves. The Teenage Guide to Stress expands on her earlier work to cover and over guidance and advice with regard to the stressors relevant to teenagers today.

The Teenage Guide to Stress

TGTS_PC_46930_HR_UKAfter the success of Blame My Brain, which covers all the internal upsets and stresses of adolescence, I wanted to cover the external stresses: the pressures of exams, relationships, fears created by new knowledge of the world, body changes, the internet and cyber-bullying.

The Teenage Guide to Stress is divided into three sections: Section One explains what stress is and looks at the ways teenage stress is different. Section Two deals with a number of issues that affect teenagers – from anger, depression and sexual relationships to cyber-bullying, exams and eating disorders – and offers guidance and advice, as well as looking at how pre-existing conditions such as OCD and dyslexia are affected by adolescence. Section Three is concerned with how to deal with and prevent the symptoms of stress, as well as healthy ways of looking after your mind and body. At the back of the book is a glossary and list of useful resources.

I’ve had terrific feedback from those who’ve read it, including experts in mental health and child protections. I look forward to bringing a simple an important message to all young people: You are not alone.

And here, on publication day, is the first review.

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.” (Kristy Rabbitt – We Love This Book) 

Please check out Nicola Morgan’s website for more on this author and her useful and entertaining books.


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Alison Wells runs the Random Acts of Optimism blog and lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow with her husband and four children. Her short fiction been published in many magazines and online and print anthologies and she has been featured on Sunday Miscellany. Shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, Bridport and Fish Prize's she has just completed a themed short story collection Random Acts of Optimism and a literary novel The Book of Remembered Possibilities. To read Alison's full blog, visit Head Above Water. Find out in her Random Acts of Optimism how she manages to juggle writing, children and life.