Why Is My Teenager Feeling Like This?: A Guide for Helping Teens through Anxiety and Depression


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Unlock the Chains of Anxiety or Depression

When you look at your teen, do you ever wonder why your child is so sad all of the time?

This is a companion guide to the book, Why Am I Feeling Like This?. You will find encouragement and direction to assist your teen. Eighteen examples are provided to show how to start conversations with teens suffering from anxiety and depression. The book consists of discussion questions, Bible verses to meditate on, and prayers. There is hope for you teen.

ntroduction: Why Is My Teenager Feeling Like This?

Part 1
Who Gets Anxiety and Depression?
What Causes Anxiety and Depression?
What Can We Do about Anxiety and Depression?

Part 2
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


“In a day and age when many parents, even Christian ones, feel as though they are ill-equipped to parent their children facing all sorts of issues, along comes David Murray to give us a powerful parental tool in shepherding our children who battle anxiety and depression. With this book (and the accompanying student version), parents no longer have to be or feel ill-prepared to navigate such overwhelming issues. I just wish I had this book years ago.”
Ed Stetzer, Executive Director, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, Wheaton College

“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