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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.

Teenage Problems

Problems come in two categories: Problems that you have no control over, and problems that come as a consequence of something you have done. Examples of the first category include things like cancer and the death of a parent. You deal with them as they occur as best you can. Examples of the second category include drugs and pregnancy. You prevent these in your own life by being smart and learning the facts ahead of time so you can avoid them. The book The Teenager's Guide to the Real World is a great place to start learning the facts.

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:

If you have a problem or a crisis happening in your life and you need someone to talk to, one option is to call a free crisis hotline. Hotlines are generally set up by government or charitable organizations to help people deal with specific problems. The following table contains a number of free hotline numbers:

AIDS Hotline800-FOR-AIDS
CDC AIDS Info800-342-2437
Alcohol Hotline800-331-2900
Crisis Pregnancy Center800-560-0717
Crisis Pregnancy Counseling800-441-2670
America's Crisis Pregnancy Helpline800-67-baby-6
Child Abuse
Child Abuse Hotline800-792-5200
National Child Abuse Hotline800-4-A-CHILD
Crises and Suicide
Covenant House Nineline (for any kind of crisis) 800-999-9999
Crisis Help Line (for any kind of crisis)800-233-4357
National Youth Crisis Hotline800-448-4663
National Youth Suicide Hotline800-621-4000
Sanctuary Crisis Line800-548-5222
Crisis Line for the Handicapped800-426-4263
Poison Control800-662-9886
National Drug Abuse Hotline800-662-4357
Cocaine Anonymous800-347-8998
Running Away
Runaway Hotline800-231-6946
National Runaway Hotline 800-621-4000
Runaway Switchboard800-621-4050
Rape and Sexual Assault
Rape Hotline1-800-656-HOPE
Sexual Assault Crisis Line800-643-6250
Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline800-799-7233
Ask a Nurse800-535-1111
Anorexia & Bulima Information800-762-3334
Anorexia & Bulima Crisis800-227-4785
STD Hotline800-227-8922
Grief Recovery Helpline800-445-4808
Shoplifters Anonymous800-848-9595
OverEaters Abuse Hotline800-888-4680

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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