“…the world has become increasingly more complex and so has parenting. And that’s what compelled Bradley to write Crazy-Stressed. It also helps to rescue crazed parents.” —Philly.com

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A little resilience goes a long way....


Peel back the cheerful façade that parents present, and you’ll find that many are worried about their teens.

Mood swings, impulsiveness, poor judgment, and other problems peak in these years. Add stressors such as screen addiction, cyberbullying, increasing academic demands, and time-consuming athletic commitments . . . and it’s no surprise that today’s teenagers rank as the most anxious in 50 years.

Parents long to help, but how? Based on a career counseling kids and their parents, psychologist Michael Bradley locates the most powerful protective trait: resilience. Teens with this crucial quality know how to handle difficulty, overcome obstacles, and bounce back from setbacks.

Packed with insights from neuroscience and psychology, real-life case studies, and a dose of humor, Crazy-Stressed sheds light on the teen brain and offers a wealth of resiliency-boosting strategies. In it, Dr. Bradley reveals:

  • What kids these days are really going through
  • Ways to strengthen the seven skills every teen needs to survive and thrive
  • What-to-do-when suggestions for common behavior, school, and social issues
  • Tactics for coping with conflict, teaching consequences, improving communication, staying connected, and more


It’s not easy being a teen—and it’s certainly not easy parenting one. Always frank and often funny, Crazy-Stressed will become your go-to guide . . . and your kids may even thank you for it.


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New research tells us our kids are not all right. Too many are struggling with excessive academic loads, extracurricular demands, sleep deprivation, and 24/7 connectivity, causing epidemic rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide. While teen brains are hardwired for risk-taking and overactive emotions, their coping abilities are at all-time lows.

In response, Dr. Michael J. Bradley first explains what drives adolescent anger, depression, and negative behaviors, with insights into their unprecedented world today and into the latest teen brain science. Then, with proven strategies from his three decades of practice and his own years as a father, Dr. Bradley explains how to connect with your teen to build their life-saving resiliency. Resilience-focused parenting helps kids regain their footing, overcome obstacles, and successfully cope with the challenges ahead.

Advance Praise for Crazy-Stressed:

“For parents of today’s teens, the world is not the one you knew as a kid. The pressures on them to perform and compete are greater than ever; the virtual world has replaced the social everyday world with new plugged-in existences (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more), as well as addictions to video games and porn for guys. No wonder parents worry! To help parents navigate this challenging new millennium, Dr. Bradley draws on current research, clinical practice, and personal experience, offering parents practical solutions that will help their teens survive,

thrive, and enjoy fuller lives.”

Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, and author of Man Interrupted:

Why Young Men Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

“Dr. Mike Bradley takes the complex science of adolescence and brilliantly boils it down to concise, simple parenting concepts in ‘do-this, don’t-do-that’ language for parents of real-world teenagers. Along the way, he makes you laugh, cry, and end up closer with your teen!”

— Michele Borba, Ed.D., Educational Psychologist and author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed

in Our All-About-Me World


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"Honesty is offered in generous doses along with a great deal of wisdom in this book...The strikes a good balance between academic theory, the practical advice of seasoned therapist, and sometimes painful reality of a parent who has been in the trenches...It is laced through with humor and offers a great deal of hope." –Foreword Reviews

Excellent Advice for Parents in a Crazy-stressed World...but now, this new book, Crazy-Stressed, comes very close to the first one and I love it!! In it, Dr. Bradley explains the process of resilience, mainly that it can be fostered in our children so that they are more likely to overcome the various challenges they face as they grow up. With emphasis on the adolescent years, he offers seven basic strategies for instilling resilience in our children. - Verified Amazon reader

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“…veritable toolbox of approaches and contains phrases for parents to use that not only enable empowerment in youth but also help to pave the way for stronger communication…” –Library Journal

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Rosalind S. Dorlan, PhD, a psychologist based in Summit. “Parents should not praise everything their kids do, but [rather] their tenacity and determination,” she says. Well-meaning parents may be over empathizing with their kids. Others may see their child as an extension of themselves and their success or failure as a reflection of them. “Parents have a narcissistic investment in their children,” she says. “There is a lot of parental pressure about their grades, sports and activities. I think kids get burned out.” - NJ Family Magazine

Michael J. Bradley, Ed.D., is a clinical psychologist, a leading expert on adolescent behavior, and is certified by the American College of Professional Psychology in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. The author of the bestselling Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy, he has been featured in the national media, including CNN, Fox News, NPR, Today, Good Morning America, The New York Times, USA Today, and Rolling Stone.

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