By Lionel Shriver

Big Brother is a notable novel approximately siblings, marriage, and weight problems from Lionel Shriver, the acclaimed writer the foreign bestseller we have to speak about Kevin.
For Pandora, cooking is a kind of affection. unluckily, her husband, Fletcher, a self-employed high-end cabinetmaker, now spurns the “toxic” dishes that he’d savored via their courtship, and spends hours on a daily basis to manic biking. Then, whilst Pandora selections up her older brother Edison on the airport, she doesn’t realize him. within the years when you consider that they’ve obvious each other, the as soon as slender, hip manhattan jazz pianist has received thousands of kilos. What occurred? After Edison has greater than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher can provide his spouse an ultimatum: It’s him or me.

Rich with Shriver’s specific wit and ferocious power, monstrous Brother is ready fats: a subject matter either social and excruciatingly own. It asks simply how a lot sacrifice we'll make to save lots of unmarried contributors of our households, and even if it's ever attainable to save lots of household from themselves.

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Candidate at Rutgers University. She is also an artist. About the Editor Marvin Rosen is a licensed clinical psychologist who practices in Media, Pennsylvania. He received his doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961. Since 1963, he has worked with intellectually and emotionally challenged people at Elwyn, Inc. in Pennsylvania, with clinical, administrative, research, and training responsibilities. He also conducts a private practice of psychology. Dr. Rosen has taught psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, and West Chester University.

Org Mental Help Net. net National Mental Health Association Resource Center. org/infoctr Hotlines: National Domestic Violence Hotline. 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233). National Hopeline Network suicide crisis hotline. 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). National Youth Crisis Hotline. 1-800-HIT-HOME (1-800-448-4663). 61 Index Adrenalin, 27 Anger, 20, 22, 23 Anxiety, 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 54 Anxiety disorders, 13, 26-33 and burying feelings, 25, 38 causes of, 13, 27, 31 coping with, 31-32 negative thoughts with, 29-30, 31-32 as never-ending, 31-32 professional help for, 25, 28, 31, 32-33 and recognition of problem, 31 responsibility for, 30-31, 32 and sharing feelings, 32 symptoms of, 29 Avoidance, 24-25 Clinical depression, 13,26-33 and burying feelings, 25, 38 causes of, 13, 27, 31 coping with, 31-32 and negative thoughts, 29-30, 32 and overwhelming feelings, 31-32 professional help for, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32-33 and recognition of problem, 31 responsibility for, 30-31, 32 and sharing feelings, 32 and suicide, 29 symptoms of, 28-29 Community health clinic, 33, 48 Concentration, 23, 36 Coping, 9, 21, 52-59 acceptance of feelings for, 58-59 with anxiety disorders and depression, 31-32 diet for, 32, 54 exercise for, 32, 54 and facts, 56 and family violence, 54 lightening mood for, 57 positive outlook for, 32, 56-57 recognition of feelings and thoughts for, 53 relaxation for, 32, 55-56 and schoolwork, 45, 54 and self-blame, 32 sharing feelings and thoughts for, 53 sleep for, 32, 54 Crime, 12, 23, 45 Crises, 8, 10-13 behavior with, 23-25 surviving, 59 and teens, 13-15 Death of loved one, 10, 21, 23, 30, 37 Decision-making, 23 Depression, 28, 54 Disasters, 12, 19, 20-21, 23, 36, 37, 44 Divorce, 10-11, 15, 20-21, 44 Drug or alcohol abuse, 25 See also Parental alcohol or drug abuse 62 Endorphins, 18, 54 Family conflict, 11-12 Family doctor, 32 Family violence, 11, 12, 15, 19, 20-21, 47-48, 54 Feelings and coping, 58-59 with crises, 9, 10-13, 16-17, 20-22 as irrational, 37, 46, 56-57 and numbness, 22, 38 thoughts with, 23 Feelings and thoughts, sharing, 19, 42-51, 47, 59 about family violence, 47-48 for anxiety disorders and depression, 32 by communicating, 43-45 consideration/compassion from, 19, 45 for coping, 53 and facts, 44 and feelings as irrational, 46 and getting help, 32, 44-45 listeners for, 48-49 obstacles to, 45-47 with professional help, 49-51 and sorting through thoughts and feelings, 43-44 trust for, 47, 59 as weakness, 45 Index Feelings, recognition of, 19, 22, 25, 34-41 and addressing feelings, 36 and awareness of feelings, 36-37 and body, 39 and burying feelings, 19, 22, 25, 37-38 for coping, 53 environment for, 39 and feelings as irrational, 37 lack of judgment for, 39 letters for, 40-41 and limits, 37 making art for, 41 methods of, 39-41 notebook or tape recorder for, 39-40 obstacles to, 37-38 questioning for, 39 and resolving feelings, 36 and self-blame, 36 as weakness, 37 Fight or flight response, 18, 22, 23 Guilt, 20-21, 22, 23 Hotlines, 29, 33, 48 Illness/injury, 10 Mental health clinic, 29, 33, 48 Mental health problems, 13 See also Anxiety disorders; Clinical depression Numbness, 22, 38 Parental alcohol or drug abuse, 11-12, 15, 20-21, 31, 47, 50 63 Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 29 Professional help, 25, 28, 29, 32-33, 47-48, 49-51, 59 Psychiatrists, 32, 50 Psychologists, 32, 47, 50 Rape, 12, 50 Sadness, 20, 22, 23 School problems, 23-24, 25, 45, 54 Serotonin, 27 Social workers, 32, 47, 50 Stress, 18-19, 20, 21, 22, 23 Suicide, 29 Thoughts with anxiety disorders or depression, 29-30, 32 with crises, 9, 16-17, 23 Withdrawal, 24, 25 Witnessing crises, 12-13 About the Author Michele Alpern is the author of numerous works for young adults, including The Effects of Job Loss on the Family (Chelsea House, 2002) and Teen Pregnancy (Chelsea House, 2002).

In times of crisis, many people sleep better with a night light in their room. Getting regular exercise also helps you sleep better. Exercising during a tough time can be hard, as stress commonly makes people feel tired. But exercise releases natural chemicals, called endorphins, that lift your spirits. It is also a great way to release feelings of anger. Try walking briskly, running, bicycling, swimming, or playing sports. Dancing also gives you a good workout. Another basic need is managing your schoolwork.

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