why do they act that way by david walsh

In this national bestseller, acclaimed, award-winning psychologist Dr. David Walsh explains exactly what s going on in the adolescent brain. Dr. Walsh shows why moodiness, quickness to anger and to take risks and other familiar teen issues are so common all are linked to physical changes and growth in the adolescent brain. Packed with real life stories and practical strategies, Dr. Walsh shows parents and anyone who cares about kids how to use brain science to better understand, communicate with, and stay connected to teens. Walsh focuses on how adolescent brain development and chemistry lead to troubling behaviors.


He shows parents how to respond constructively to traits like risk taking, sullenness, and refusal to follow rules. An engaging narrative style and insight into adolescents minds make Walsh s book enjoyable as well as informative. Dave Walsh s weaving together of current understanding of the teenage brain with years of clinical experience with teens has produced a thoughtful, practical, and down-to-earth guide that enables parents to understand and deal well with their teenagers. If you are struggling with your adolescent, or even anticipating your child s entrance into those crazy years, this book will show you how to help both you and your teen have the healthiest, sanest passage. - Gail Saltz, M. D. , Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Today Show Mental Health Contributor, and author of Becoming Real
Parents will find the book immensely informative, reassuring, and useful.


I highly recommend it! - Edward Hallowell, M. D. author of Driven to Distraction and The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness Watch Dr.


Dave and Erin talk about the new 10th Anniversary Edition: The tenth anniversary edition of this national bestseller goes beyond raging hormones and peer pressure to explain why adolescents act the way they do and what parents and teachers can do about itвand itвs now thoroughly revised and updated to address the issues facing kids today: social media, online bullying, prescription drug abuse, stress, and nutrition. Why Do They Act That Way? was the first book to explain the scientific, brain-based reasons behind teensв impulsive behavior, lack of focus, self-consciousness, territoriality, fatigue, and their quickness to anger and take risksвto name just a few common teen problems.


All these behaviors are linked to physical changes and growth in the adolescent brain. Ten years ago, there was no Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. Now every kid has a smartphone and a Twitter account. Award-winning psychologist Dr. David Walsh has now updated his 2004 classic with the most current research into the adolescent brain, and heвs also updated his guidance for parents and teens on navigating the new challenges of the 24/7 online world.


With real-life stories and reassuring guidance, Walsh provides realistic solutions for dealing with everyday and major challenges. Sample dialogues help teens and parents talk civilly and constructively with one another; behavioral contracts and Parental Survival Kits provide practical advice for dealing with issues like curfews, disrespectful language and actions, and bullying. As a parent, psychologist, coach, and trusted expert, Dr. Walsh offers the best advice to help adolescents thrive and parents survive.