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I think what every teen needs to know to survive the teenage years is, number one, if they're struggling, it's temporary. It's not always going to be like this. When they're in these situations, they feel like it's going to be like this forever. You know, life's a lot of peaks and valleys, and if they're in a valley, there's a peak on the other side. If they've had a lot of bad days, they've gotten a lot of bad days out of the way. I think that teens also need to know that it's not about how people see you or how they judge you. Teens need to learn how to not care about that. Because if you're really concerned about how others see you, it's gonna be like this throughout the whole rest of your life and it's really gonna have an impact on you and your self-esteem. I think what's most important for teens to know is that they need to focus not just on the positives of themselves which helps elevate their self-esteem, make them feel confidence in themselves. And if you don't see me for who I am or invite me to a party or want to date me, it's your loss. That gives them the confidence and self-esteem they need to go into life. I also think that by looking at what's positive in situations versus negative, they ward off depression, they are more optimistic, and more durable to all the adversity that they're gonna face throughout their adolescence.

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Jerry Weichman, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jerry Weichman is a licensed psychologist and adolescent specialist as well as an author, speaker and parenting expert. His clinical practice at Hoag Hospital's Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California provides a window on contemporary teen and pre-teen behavior.

“Dr. Jerry” as his adolescent patients call him, is a young PhD who really relates to teens, speaks their lingo and has felt their pain. Author of the teen survival guide, How to Deal, and noted media expert on teen issues, Dr. Jerry is focused on helping teens cope with parents, teachers, friends and academic pressure, communicating with them in a way they understand to help successfully navigate the dramas and pressures of adolescence.

Dr. Jerry's popular speeches, lectures and seminars have presented assemblies of students, teachers, parents and administrators with practical approaches on how today’s teens can overcome the trials and tribulations of growing up, from coping with bullying to meeting parental academic expectations to walking away from drugs and other self-destructive behaviors. Jerry also sits on the board of directors for the Bullying Prevention Initiative of California and just recently sat on an expert panel for a screening of the documentary Bully.

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