From the Book jacket: The warm sun sliced through the window and melted across Kayla's bed. Slowly and reluctantly, Kayla rolled onto her side. Heavy with exhaustion and pain, she inched across the warm sheets. She felt as if someone had poured liquid metal into her body during the night-metal that had settled dense and cold in her bones. Gripping the bedpost with a white-knuckled hand, Kayla sucked in her breath. She closed her eyes, pulled herself up, and began the long journey to the bathroom. Inching along with shuffling feet and hunched back, Kayla looked much older than her fifteen years. She teetered dangerously, one hand outstretched for balance, one shoulder sliding along the wall for support. By the time she got to the bathroom door, she was already exhausted. What would it be like if you woke up every morning feeling sick? How would you get through each day if every minute brought you pain? What would you do if you had an illness that kept returning over and over again, refusing to be cured? Growing up is a challenge for everyone, but youth with chronic illnesses have additional challenges and special needs. These young people struggle to balance their physical conditions with the demands of school, friends, and activities. Living with chronic illness makes many young people feel alienated from their peers and may lead them to question their futures. In Chained: Youth with Chronic Illness, you will learn about the many challenges youth with chronic illness face and the support systems available to help them. Along the way, you will learn more about Kayla and her journey to live and thrive in the face of chronic illness.
Not every sickness goes away in a few days or weeks. Unfortunately, some can last for months, years, or even the rest of a person's life. When this happens, it is called a chronic illness. It can cause many difficulties in people's lives, besides the illness itself. With some determination and help from friends and professionals, though, people with chronic illnesses can learn to face these challenges. Every young person faces challenges as they grow up, but those who have chronic illnesses have additional hardships. In this book, as you read Kayla's story, you'll learn about some of the difficulties these teenagers must overcome, and you'll discover some of the treatments and support systems that help them. Kids like Kayla have a tough time--but their lives can also be filled with hope!
In a world where most educational and social systems are designed for people who can hear, being deaf or hard of hearing presents young people with a unique set of challenges. They must find ways to communicate and overcome discrimination. In this book you will read about Denzel, who has never missed being able to hear. He was born deaf, and the idea of "sound" is confusing to him. As you follow Denzel's journey through a world designed for the hearing, you'll see him find ways to overcome the challenges of communicating with others. Being deaf doesn't have to be a handicap--and it won't keep Denzel from exploring, learning, or accomplishing his dreams!
Did you know that poor dental hygiene can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke? Or that the incidence of cavities and tooth decay increases in the teenage years? Did you know that countries with a higher standard of living (like the United States, Canada, and England) actually have higher rates of tooth loss and decay than countries with a lower standard of living? Or that dental drills existed for thousands of years before people even had electricity? Dental hygiene is extremely important to both your physical and emotional health. Your teeth are an integral part of many important activities, such as eating, speaking, and smiling. From the Mayan practice of inlaying semi-precious stones into teeth to today's practices of braces and high-tech dental care, this book covers a wide range of dental topics. It will tell you how dental care has developed throughout the ages and will introduce you to some of today's most cutting-edge technologies. Most important, it will guide you through everything you need to know about caring for your teeth and maintaining a beautiful smile today and into the future.
Around the world, many people face discrimination because of the shapes of their bodies, their weight, or the way they look. People who would never discriminate against others because of skin color or some physical challenge often think it's perfectly okay to judge others based on weight. Many of us don't think twice about judging other people's appearance--but most of us also know the pain of feeling bad about the way we look. Learn about the ways in which our culture discriminates against people who are overweight and obese. Discover the harmful effects of judgment and stigmatization when it comes to weight. Understand the myths that surround the causes and solutions for obesity--and get to know the facts. Find out the true costs of body-hate!
Janet's brain felt foggy and numb. She imagined herself kneeling on a great frozen lake, and she pressed her face against the ice, trying to see through the cloudy surface to the open water below. In fact, she didn't feel any physical sensation at all, just an internal panic. Janet didn't understand these feelings. She just knew that in her frightening daydreams, she was lost above the ice and the knowledge that could save her was trapped in the dark water below. Soon, Janet was forgetting things, missing school, and losing sleep. She'd find notes that she'd written to herself but couldn't remember writing. They said things like, "Janet! Help me!" and "Who are you?" Scariest of all, she began hearing voices in her head that did not sound like her own. When she imagined herself looking down through the barren ice, she thought she saw a little girl looking back at her. Janet was sure the little girl's name was Sara... Have you ever daydreamed, "lost track of time" when you were having fun, or "tuned out" when your parents were scolding you? If so, you were experiencing dissociation. Janet's dissociation, however, is much more severe. She is suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Different parts of her personality have become so separate that they are beginning to seem like different people. A dissociative disorder like Janet's requires medical intervention. Janet's story, and stories like hers, can teach us a lot about how our minds work and how they can be treated. Read Dissociative Disorders and learn more about these psychiatric disorders and the help available for people like Janet.
Being a teenager is never easy. This phase of life is filled with changes, and new, unexpected challenges are always presenting themselves. For someone who has trouble controlling her emotions, these challenges can be especially hard to handle. As you read the story of Sheila, a teenager with an emotional disturbance, you will find out what it means to live with these extra challenges. You'll learn about some of the systems in place to help kids like Sheila, as well as some of the strengths and weaknesses of these systems. You'll discover that teenagers with emotional disturbance aren't so very different from you and your friends!
Today, obesity--the state of being very overweight--is a problem that gets worse each year, particularly as many people spend less time exercising and more time on the couch or sitting at a computer. The health risks caused by excess weight and obesity are numerous and can be deadly. While we're learning more and more about the harmful consequences of excess weight, many people still have a hard time slimming down. Real, healthy weight loss can seem like a mystery. Explore the causes of the weight epidemic and the health risks that stem from excess weight. Discover the part that physical fitness plays in today's obesity crisis. Learn how fitness--not just slimness--should be the goal of those trying to lose weight. Make physical activity a part of your life!
Obesity--the state of being very overweight--is more than a problem in the world today; it's a crisis. One out of every three adults is obese. Childhood obesity is a major health concern as well. Experts agree that fast food is one of the most significant factors behind bigger bodies. For many people, fast food has become more than a quick way to grab a meal; it has become a way of life. Learn how fast food and the fast-food industry have shaped not only our bodies but also our lifestyles. Discover how to fight the fast-food industry's hold over the world's diet.
If you're like most people, you probably wish you could change at least one part of your body. Perhaps you think a makeover, a new you, will make all the difference in the world. Maybe you think that changing your looks will change your life. And if you believe the advertisements you see on television and in magazines, you might think it will be easy to achieve your beauty goals. But when it comes to makeovers, there's more to success than meets the eye. In this book, you'll learn about current trends in the makeover industry and the promises and risks that come with them. You'll also explore why we as a culture are so beauty-obsessed. Finally, you'll learn about the many options available that can help change the way you feel about yourself and others--not simply the way you look!
Have you ever known that you shouldn't do something, but just couldn't stop yourself? Of course you have! Perhaps you couldn't resist having one more piece of birthday cake. Maybe your brother or sister made you so mad that you couldn't help yelling. Everyone experiences uncontrollable impulses like these sometimes. But what if these impulses happened to you all the time? How would you interact with your family, do your work at school, or make friends if you couldn't control your impulses? Jeremiah, for instance, loved fire. He loved everything about it--the way it looked, the way it smelled, how its heat enveloped everything. Even though he knew it was wrong, Jeremiah lit fires and watched them incinerate, eat, and destroy everything in their paths. Jeremiah also liked the smoke detectors in his house. He loved taking them apart. Sometimes, after school, Jeremiah would sit in his room, dismantle the smoke detector piece by piece, and then put it back together. Once the smoke detector was reassembled, Jeremiah would light a match beneath it and time how many seconds it took before the detector let out its high-pitched squeal. People like Jeremiah cannot control all the impulses they feel. Some people may get uncontrollably angry, steal, light fires, gamble, pull their own hair, or perform other impulsive actions that are harmful to themselves, their families, and their friends. When a person has repetitive impulses like these, he may be suffering from a psychiatric condition known as an impulse-control disorder. The stories and information in this book will tell you more about impulse-control disorders, how they affect people's lives, and how they can be treated.
New parents who find out they're going to have a child with intellectual challenges are faced with many questions: Will she be able to function in the world? Will she have the same hopes and dreams as other children? Will her life be happy--or filled with sadness and failure? Along with the Brown family, you'll discover the answers to these questions as you read the story of Penelope Brown, a girl with Down syndrome. You'll see Penelope struggle to overcome others' ignorance and prejudice--and you'll watch her as she learns to follow her dreams.
From the Book Jacket: When Mr. Brown peers through the glass window at his new daughter, she looks impossibly frail in the incubator. The doctors said shehas Down syndrome; she will have mental retardation. But what will that mean for Mr. Brown's daughter? What will she be able to do? Will she ever have talents like his other children? Will she feel joy from her accomplishments-or only pain from her limitations? Mental retardation is one of the most stigmatized disabilities in our society. People living with mental retardation are often treated as if they are simple, emotionless, child-like, or even less than human. And yet, individuals living with mental retardation have hopes and dreams, likes and dislikes, and talents and weaknesses just like anybody else. This book will help you learn about mental retardation, the special needs of individuals living with this form of disability, and the support systems available to help people with mental retardation acquire independence and success. As you read, you will meet Penelope Brown, one girl living with Down syndrome. Follow her story as she struggles both with her medical condition and with the ignorance of others. As you read, you will learn how Penelope and her family experience hope, disappointment, love, loss, and happiness as they learn what it means to live with mental retardation.
For Denzel, sound is a mysterious, mind-stretching thing. He can hear some sounds, but he can't figure out what those sounds mean. Half the time, he just ignores what he hears because none of it makes any sense. At other times, however, he tries to imagine what sound must be like for other people. Then he concentrates on sound intensely. He tries to picture sound, to feel sound, to smell and to taste sound. Because he cannot hear, Denzel tries to imagine sound the way other people might imagine what it's like to fly. But no matter how he tries, Denzel cannot imagine how it would feel to hear the way other people hear. Ten to 15 percent of all children in the United States are born with a hearing loss of some kind. Children who are deaf and hard of hearing face different types of challenges as they mature. Learning to communicate, overcome discrimination, and find their place in society can be difficult and confusing for children with hearing loss. The situation is complicated by the fact that their peers, teachers, and parents may not understand their needs. In The Ocean Inside: Youth Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, you will follow Denzel through his own journey through deafness. As you do, you will learn: * the unique challenges facing children who are deaf and hard of hearing, * strategies for dealing with these challenges and approaches to deaf education, and * accomplishments that other deaf people have made along the way.
Everyone told Sandra she would be happy. People described in rapt detail the overwhelming feeling of love and purpose that would envelop her at her daughter's birth. Nothing prepared Sandra for the heavy fog of dread and loss that descended upon her in the delivery room on the day she gave birth. When the nurse handed her the crying, bruised, purple-pink bundle, Sandra had to fight the urge to hand the bundle back and run. She wanted to turn the clock back nine months before any of this had happened. When she did spend time with her daughter, instead of singing soothing lullabies, Sandra found herself whispering, "I hate you. I wish you had never been born." Pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood is supposed to be a time filled with the joy and wonder of bringing a new life into the world. Unfortunately, some women find that the struggles of early motherhood are accompanied by multiple sorrows that clash with this picturesque ideal. As difficult as it may be for a person who has not experienced it to understand, Sandra's feelings are quite common among new mothers struggling with the physical, emotional, and social upheaval that follows giving birth. In this transitional period, some women become more vulnerable to depression and may experience psychiatric disorders such as postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Postpartum Disorders will tell you more about these disorders, the experiences of the women who have faced them, and the treatments that can help.
Our bodies are constantly reacting to mental stimulation. When reliving the winning goal you made in the hockey game, your face might flush, heart race, and muscles tense. A child who is being bullied at school might feel sick every morning before leaving home. A passionate kiss in the movies might make your own lips tingle. These are examples of psychosomatic reactions: physical reactions to mental or emotional symptoms. Sometimes a person's psychosomatic reaction to mental stress may be so severe that it causes a debilitating disorder. For example, Kevin sometimes still has trouble believing his leg is truly gone. He has strange sensations that he cannot account for. Some are unpleasant, like the constant itching where he no longer has a place to itch. Others are nice surprises, like when he can feel his cat brushing against where his leg should be. The worst, however, is the pain. For the all other inexplicable feelings that come and go, the pain never leaves Kevin's body or mind. Sometimes in the dark quiet of his bedroom, he has nightmares in which he relives stepping on the land mine. Only in his nightmares, everything happens in slow motion. He can see his leg tearing away from his body. He reaches forward, grabbing for his leg, and the excruciating pain wakes him up. He lies, panting in the darkness, trying to will the pain away, asking himself, "How can something that doesn't even exist hurt so badly?" How can doctors treat the pain and illness in the body that are caused by the mind? In this book, you will learn more about Kevin's story, what psychosomatic disorders are, how these "phantom" disorders can be treated.
Sheila leapt to her feet and tore her sheets from her bed. "Why can't anyone leave me alone?" she screamed. Her lamp crashed to the ground, shards of brown pottery smashing in every direction. She kicked the broken pieces, sending them spinning, then grabbed the nightstam heaved it onto the remains of the lamp. Her screams continued as she grabbed three jars of paint from her dresser. "I HATE YOU!" The jars exploded against the door like punctuation marks for her words. Black, red, and blue paint oozed down the wood, a grand finale to Sheila's performance. Panting, Sheila stared at the broken glass and pottery littering her bedroom floor. As the tears finally bubbled up, Sheila felt a strange sense of awe descending upon her. "What is wrong with me?" she whispered as she sank down on her bed. The tumultuous emotions of youth can be challenging to anyone, but for young people with emotional disturbance, the trials of growing up can be devastating. Young people with emotional disturbance can face many roadblocks in the quest to understand themselves and to gain understanding from others. In Runaway Train: Youth with Emotional Disturbance, you will learn about different causes of emotional disturbance, the special needs of youth who have them, and what can be done to help young people overcome emotional difficulties. Through the story of Sheila, you will learn what it is like to have an emotional disturbance, the dangers these conditions can pose, and the successes as well as the failures of systems currently available to assist youth with emotional disturbance.
The incarceration system plays important punitive, rehabilitative, and protective roles in North American society. But despite its indispensable nature, the incarceration system is fraught with complications and problems. This book teaches readers about the complex social, economic, and moral costs that are inevitably associated with the placement of human beings behind bars.
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