Have you ever looked at your anxious or depressed teenage son or daughter and wondered,Why is my teenager feeling like this?
In this companion guide to his book for teensWhy Am I Feeling Like This?, pastor and counselor David Murray offers spiritual encouragement and practical direction for parents and other adults who want to help but don't know where to start. Structured around eighteen real-life examples, Murray provides tips for having open conversations with teens about anxiety and depression, as well as discussion questions, Bible verses for memorization, and prayers. With these tools in hand, parents and teenagers alike will be equipped to experience freedom from the chains of anxiety and depression.
Introduction: Why Is My Teenager Feeling Like This?
Who Gets Anxiety and Depression? What Causes Anxiety and Depression? What Can We Do about Anxiety and Depression?
1. Circular Sarah 2. Tense Tom 3. Doomed Dave 4. Imaginative Imogen 5. Panicky Paul 6. Faithless Flavia 7. Controlling Colin 8. Depressed Dan 9. Negative Nicole 10. Workaholic Will 11. Beautiful Brianna 12. Media Max 13. Friendly Fiona 14. Bullied Benton 15. Rebellious Rob 16. Perfect Peyton 17. Paralyzed Pam 18. Lonely Luke
Conclusion: Growing Freedom General Index Scripture Index
“Parenting is good for our prayer lives, we find, especially when sons and daughters are navigating the many anxieties that seem to coincide with the teenage years. David Murray has the practical experience and spiritual wisdom to help. Based in biblical truth and at the same time sensitive to the psychological and physiological complexities of human emotions, Murray’s companion guides tell real-life stories that empower teens and their parents to understand their feelings, care well for one another, and take concrete steps toward healing together.”
Phil and Lisa Ryken,President, Wheaton College, and his wife, Lisa Ryken
“In this book, David Murray comes alongside parents who may be willfully naive about or find themselves completely overwhelmed by how to help their child deal with depression, offering understandable explanations of the issues and equipping them for important conversations.”
Nancy Guthrie,Bible teacher; author,Even Better than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything about Your Story
“Parents are the most influential and important individuals in their teenager’s life. But often parents struggle because they just don't understand what their teen is feeling. This can be especially true of parents of teens dealing with anxiety and depression. InWhy Is My Teenager Feeling Like This?, Murray provides a remarkable resource for those parents. Thoroughly researched and filled with practical, biblical strategies, this is an absolute must-read for parents who want to help their struggling teen more effectively.”
Jaquelle Crowe Ferris,Founder and COO, The Young Writer; author,This Changes Everything
“With anxiety and depression at an all-time high in today’s teens, this book could not come at a more crucial time. As someone who battled anxiety and depression as a teen and now navigates it with her own child, I foundWhy Is My Teenager Feeling Like This?to be an extremely practical, helpful, biblical, and hopeful book. Rather than giving spiritually cliché answers to a complex and multilayered issue, David Murray compassionately walks alongside hurting and overwhelmed parents, offering clarity, understanding, and wise counsel in how to better understand their teens’ unique battles with anxiety and depression, as well as providing the practical and spiritual tools to support them through it. Whether you have a teen or want to prepare for the teen years, this book is a must-read. And you never know, you might even see yourself in these pages and find a path toward your own healing along the way.”
Sarah Walton,coauthor,Hope When It HurtsandTogether through the Storms
“This book has opened our eyes to the real nature of our son’s struggle with anxiety and depression. It has helped us to communicate with him more effectively, empathize more lovingly, and turn our hearts from criticism to encouragement and understanding. It has made a difference in our relationship with our son, our family, and, most importantly, with Christ! The practical exercises not only helped our son but are also making an impact in our own lives as well. If you have a child who is fighting for hope, meaning, and relief from the death grip of anxiety and depression, we highly recommend this book!”