One stereotypical view of adolescent well-being sees it all as a matter of roiling hormones and facial breakouts. This attitude fails to thoughtfully address the serious health threats teenagers routinely face.
“Adolescents in the United States are stressed out, physically tired and diagnosed with various medical conditions in epidemic proportions,” writes Nadia Milosavljevic at the beginning of Holistic Health for Adolescents: How Yoga, Aromatherapy, Teas, and More Can Help You Get and Stay Well. She cites depression as an example, saying, “Rising rates of teen suicide are an alarming warning that depression is out of control and growing rapidly.”
Holistic Health for Adolescents
By Nadia Milosavljevic, MD, JD
NORTON, 258 PAGES, $21.95
Milosavljevic, who founded the Integrative Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, wrote Holistic Health for Adolescents as a primer for parents, counselors and practitioners on the use of integrative healing practices. Each chapter focuses on a problem common among teenagers—stress, fatigue, low mood, sleep disruptions, concentration concerns, headache and substance abuse—by providing background information on the problem at hand along with specific therapies that might help, such as the yoga postures Fish Pose, Legs Up Wall and Downward-Facing Dog for mood problems or pressing an acupressure point called HT7, located on the wrist, to encourage better sleep. Each chapter starts with a case history that gives the material which follows a human context.
Adolescents often find themselves grappling with the same kinds of medical difficulties adults must contend with. Holistic Health for Adolescents allows the reader to act as a trusted health resource for the teens in his or her life.