This is an online resource for the book The Teenager's Guide to the Real World by Marshall Brain, ISBN 1-9657430-3-9. The online resources are offered as a free supplement to the book. They help you access the huge library of material for teenager's available on the Web. For more information on the book please click here.
What if you, personally, have a problem? Or one of your friends? It matters, and it is real. It doesn't matter what the problem is: as soon as it affects you personally in some way, it becomes important.
The first step in solving or coping with a problem (or in helping a friend with a problem) is recognizing that the problem exists. For example, if you have "a problem with drugs," nothing will happen until you recognize that you have the problem. Only you can fix it. That is what makes recognition so important.
Once you recognize that the problem is there, you can begin to understand it and your options. One of the best things you can do is find someone to talk to. That someone might be one of your parents, an adult you trust, a teacher or counselor at school, a minister or priest, or a person on a 1-800 help line (see below). Talking really helps, no matter what your problem is.
Another thing you can do is educate yourself. There is information all over the web to help you learn and understand, as well as all kinds of books. There are also people across the country who want to help. Here are some links to help you get started:
To find other information on the web, search for key words related to your problem in several of the search engines on the web. You will discover that a lot of what a search engine finds will not be useful. However, you will often be surprised, if you look through the lists of links returned, that you can find something that exactly fits your needs.
Many problems have newsgroups that gather concerned people together on the Internet. Search the newsgroups list for an appropriate key word and then see what kind of messages and responses people are posting.
The books page offers a number of books that are helpful in times of crisis.
If none of the above information works and you feel like you have nowhere to turn, then please send email to BYG publishing (see below) and we will do what we can to help.
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