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Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens
News and Opinion of Interest to Parents and Professionals Working with With Struggling Young People - Web Page www.strugglingteens.com
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Teen opinion: how bleak should dystopian fiction be?

Teen opinion: how bleak should dystopian fiction be? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses have become an increasing issue for young people in today’s society and many of these aspects are reflected in YA dystopian fiction.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

I like to read, and lately I've got into YA dystopian fiction.  I'm inclined to see the positive side the author talks about, a youth showing character, perseverance, morality and goal oriented and through those usually overcoming all obstacles in the end.,  Looking at past generations, there were the Tom Swift and Tom Swift Jr. series, and the Hardy boys series, and the Nancy Drew series.  All lived in worlds with threats, bad people, and overwhelming odds.  They were seen as aiding character development, much like I think the modern dystopian fiction can be, especially YA Dystopian fiction.  I've heard parents talk to young people about "What would Harry Potter do?" etc.  Modern YA Dystopian fiction I think is similar, just written for a different time. -Lon


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Penrith Farms's curator insight, January 23, 2:03 PM

A little lighter reading this afternoon.  Speaks to the impact dystopian literature has on teenagers written from a teenagers perspective.

Penrith Farms's comment, January 23, 7:14 PM
Since you said Harry Potter ... http://www.themarysue.com/dealing-with-anxiety-psychology-lessons-from-harry-potter/
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In the Age of Anxiety, are we all mentally ill?

In the Age of Anxiety, are we all mentally ill? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

When the Diagnosis of Generalized anxiety includes 50% of the population (up from 4% a few years ago), and when Diagnses have increased 1200% since 1980, it sounds like we are pathologizing  normal behavior-Lon.


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Inside the Neurotic Mind - Association for Psychological Science

Inside the Neurotic Mind - Association for Psychological Science | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

In the 1990s, David H. Barlow (professor of psychology and psychiatry at Boston University and founder of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders) and colleague Timothy Brown began a closer study of the role neuroticism played in the mood and anxiety disorders found in their patients. What they discovered was that negative affect contributed substantially to all the disorders in the clinic — in particular generalized anxiety disorder and depression. The findings have since been replicated many times, Barlow said.

 

Today it is believed that two other factors play a key role in shaping the neurotic temperament. The first is that people predisposed to this behavior don’t handle intense emotions well. One study conducted a few years ago confirmed that patients in Barlow’s clinic found emotions less acceptable than well-matched participants outside the clinic and typically tried to suppress them.


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