Surviving Ophelia Mothers Share Their Wisdom in Navigating the Tumultuous Teenage Years

ISBN-10: 034545538X
ISBN-13: 9780345455383
Edition: N/A
Authors: Cheryl Dellasega
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 270
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Why are the teen years fraught with crisis for so many girls? Why do so many mother-daughter relationships deteriorate drastically at this time? When her own teenage daughter began to spiral out of control, therapist Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D., launched a nationwide search to find answers— and hope. In this inspiring, compassionate book, Dellasega shares the strength and the wisdom of mothers who have seen their daughters through the tumult of adolescence. Drawing on the experiences of scores of mothers and daughters, Dellasega takes a hard look at the lives of girls in crisis—once happy, carefree children who are now struggling with eating disorders, unplanned pregnancies, substance abuse, and severe mental problems. These are stories of girls on the edge, and mothers who are trying everything to save them. Yet even in the most desperate situations, Dellasega hears the same clear message: the key to survival is the support and the understanding of others going through the same thing. Surviving Ophelia is a book that provides the community that mothers of troubled teenage girls need more than anything. Powerful and heartfelt, this book captures both the pain and the strength of mothers who are living with the daily challenge of raising teenage daughters today.

Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D., author of Surviving Ophelia, is a nurse-practitioner, the mother of a teenaged daughter, and founder of Camp Ophelia, Club Ophelia, and other dynamic programs for girls. She is on the faculty of the College of Medicine at Penn State University in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where she lives.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Turning Points for Better and Worse: Facing Anorexia, Dishonesty, and Separation
Living with Uncertainty: the Search for Why
Finding a Way around Problems: the Magic of Music, Communication, and Hugs
Shared Vulnerabilities: Body Image, Fitting In, and Ghosts from the Past
The Contrary: on Being Smarter, Prettier, or More Unique Than Others
The Power of Mother's Intuition: Making Mistakes, Bullies, Lack of Trust, and Starting over
Combating Depression, Eating Disorders, and Rebellion: Professional Therapists and Mother Therapy
Institutions: Strangers Take over Our Lives
Change of Struggles, Change of Scene
Crazy Soup Emotions: Love, Anger, and Frustration
Grieving for Our Little Girl Lost: When Proms, Graduation, and College Fade Away
Trying to Survive: Getting through a Day, an Afternoon, or an Hour
Discovering Boundaries: Saving Our Daughters, Saving Ourselves
Ophelia: with and without Fathers
Little Girl Grown: Daughters Look Back
Where We Are Now
Appendix: Where to Find Help
Index

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