Many parents know that living with a teenager can sometimes be like
sharing a house with an angry beast. In fact one in 10 students will
suffer from a mental health issue that directly impacts on their
education and health.
'I Just Get So … Angry!' (Exisle
Publishing, $29.99, May release) is a new graphic novel from school
counsellors Tim and Sandra Bowden, developed to help young people
cope when they feel out of control.
In a New Zealand first,
“I Just Get So … Angry!” makes accessible to teenagers and their
parents the highly-effective principals Acceptance & Commitment
ACT (made famous by Dr Russ Harris’s
bestselling “The Happiness Trap”) has proven useful in teaching
young people effective, flexible strategies for dealing with the
stressors in their life.
As author Tim Bowden notes, looking
for ways not to feel angry is as unrealistic as “hoping to never
feel sad, worried, or even happy, ever again”. Rather, in “I Just
Get So … Angry!” teen readers are encouraged to be mindful of their
emotions and learn to take their anger along for the ride.
following the main character, Andy, through his encounter with the
Beast (symbolising his inner anger, hurt, fear and resentment),
teenagers will learn how to similarly deal with their own issues,
develop a more resilient mental attitude and achieve better
The exercises and resources included in
the back of “I Just Get So … Angry!” will further help parents,
counsellors and young people to tame the angry beasts that torment
us all from time to time.
Tim has 14 years’ experience as a
high school teacher and works as a trained school counsellor. He
uses ACT principles when counselling young people in both primary
and secondary schools.
Sandra taught in primary schools for 13
years before retraining as a school counsellor, her vocation for the
past nine years. She is also a registered psychologist who has
embraced the principles of ACT. A self-taught artist, Sandra has
created the artwork for the book. Tim and Sandra also co-authored
the highly successful 2010 release “I just Want To Be... Me” and
live in New South Wales, Australia.
I Just Get So … Angry!
By Timothy Bowden and Sandra Bowden
eBook RRP $9.99
Available May 2013
www.exislepublishing.co.nz and all good book stores.