In his new book, How to Tell When Your Teenager is Lying and What to Do About It, Dr. Alan Hirsch of Chicago provides the telltale signs. With the understanding that everyone does it occasionally, Dr. Hirsch guides the concerned parent about what to look for when lying becomes a habit, or when the parent suspects that the teen is lying to cover up high-risk behaviors or other serious problems.
Dr. Hirsch, whose usual specialty is the treatment of smell and taste lost, conducted an interesting experiment while researching this book. He administered a test to a group of teens. Every one of them cheated; and every one of them lied about it.
The insight gained from this book will help parents recognize the physiological changes that occur: Is your teen scratching his or her nose? There can be verbal changes: Is the teen saying, "I cannot!" instead of the more common "I can't!" Dr. Hirsch shows you how to be alert for these and many more giveaways.
Dr. Hirsch encourages parents to keep the lines of communication open, set clear guidelines, and be firm -- and when all else fails, he suggests agencies and programs to go to for counseling and additional help.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alan Hirsch, M.D., F.A.C.P., is a medical practitioner and researcher with dual certification in neurology and psychiatry. He founded the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago and, in his 25 years as neurological director at the Foundation, has conducted more than 200 research studies, published more than 180 articles in top medical journals, and contributed to numerous discoveries that have literally changed the way Americans eat, shop, think, and feel. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show.