Tenth anniversary edition: Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen

Dr. Dave Walsh with Erin Walsh, M.A.
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Release Date
June 2, 2014

The tenth anniversary edition of this national bestseller includes revised information throughout and new sections on:

  • Peer pressure and bullying
  • Stress and the teenage brain
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Teens and technology

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.

What people are saying about Why

“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.”

- Library Journal

“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 highlyrecommend 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: