As social media has boomed in the past decade, there has been an increase in internet use and in adolescents using this new technology. Putting images of themselves online as they carve out identities and chase likes, they encounter many dangers such as: cyberbullying, race discrimination, discrimination because of one’s sexual orientation, eating disorders, self-harm, suicide, alcohol addiction and addiction to gaming.
With adolescent’s mental health issues on the rise, The Effect of Social Media on Adolescents' Mental Health and Well-Being acts as a guide for parents and teachers alike in supporting their adolescents' mental health and well-being while they navigate the internet.
Dr Steph Adam explains by using case studies, and her own experience of counselling young people, the risks and benefits of adolescents using social media platforms.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Limited
Available to buy at Amazon.
A very topical book indeed. My daughter talks to me all the time about how school based rumours and gossip are captured and made accessible for all to see. Incredibly hurtful, damaging and toxic when it's based around an individual and aimed to humiliate that individual. That's just at school never mind out of school! There has to be so much education around the impact social media bullying can have on the person being bullied. It can be hugely damaging. It doesn't just stop at children either social media targeting can be damaging to anyone of any age. More should be done to eradicate this issue. Hope this book helps raise awareness.
J Jones, (York Press, November 2021)
Few topics generate as much interest and debate as the meaning of dreams. In this fascinating new book, Dr Steph Adam explores five different theories of dream interpretation and introduces a new one of her own, which argues that that dreams are constructed from visual metaphors which speak to us in a language that is difficult, but not impossible, to understand.
By learning the language of these metaphorical images, which work in combination with the other theories, you can unlock the door to your hidden thoughts and feelings. Identifying the true meaning of your dreams will offer valuable insights into yourself and your emotions, and help identify positive changes you can make in your waking life.
Paperback: 157 pages
Publisher: York Publishing Ltd
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I very rarely remember my dreams, but when I do (and it’s usually because I’ve been woken up mid-way through a particularly vivid dream), I often wonder how on earth did my brain make up such weirdness? What’s the purpose of dreaming and why does my brain have a particular penchant for a genre which if it were a novel would be classified as ‘fantasy’ (of which I very rarely read). I’ve read a couple of books in the past on the topic and they seemed quite lightweight – ‘if you dream about this, it means that’ type of thing. When I came across ‘The Dream Interpreters’, it intrigued me as the author Dr Adam has a background in academic writing and spent her career as a counsellor. Using 5 well established theories on how to interpret dreams, the author has built on these and developed her own model. I guess what I like about this book is that it’s not just theoretical, the author also gives you a toolkit to allow you to interpret your own dreams. It’s easy to learn and follow – I just wish I could remember more of my dreams!
S. Lambert, (Good Reads, Jun 2019)
Very informative. Dr Steph Adam offers practical advice on identifying the true meaning of your dreams and through her research presents different schools of thought on the subject (I was pulled in with the parts about Freud), Which is also interesting in itself. The tone of the book is friendly and personal as Dr Steph Adam refers to her own experiences as an example of scenarios. Overall a fantastic book and would thoroughly recommend.
Beverley, (Good Reads, Oct 2019)
This book is well worth a read! If you are interested in dreams this book really does it have it all. It looks into the academic side of things based mainly on the workings of Freud and Jung theory’s whilst also showing you how to best make use of your dreams and what our dreams can tell us about ourselves and indeed our relationships with others. I now look at my dreams in a completely different way since reading this book. I have not only learnt a little more about myself but I have also learnt about the teachings of Jung and Freud in the process. Thank you Steph for a wonderful, enlightened read I would recommend this book to anybody whom is interested in dreams, whether there own, others, or just wanting to learn more about dreams in general!
L. Blair, (Dec 2019)