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Be a Nonconformist

Teen psychologist, Dr. Jerry Weichman, is no stranger to the types of pressures, temptations, and stresses that teens face on a daily basis. At his practice in Newport Beach, CA he spends his days helping teens overcome their problems by, “I identify what the issue is and help them have a better understanding of the problem. Then I teach them to use tools to get themselves out.”

As a baby Dr. Weichman was born without a right foot and had to have part of his leg amputated. While accepted the use of a prosthetic, he still felt self-consciousness about being different. As he grew older though, he realized that things really do get better and that’s what he hopes to show teens. In his book, How to Deal, Dr. Weichman shares all of the tools and advice he used to get through the teenage years.

In addition to his book, Dr. Weichman has been featured in publications like WebMD, The Washington Post, and USA Today. He has done public speaking on a variety of topics related to teens. Through those mediums he is able to make a difference in the lives of parents and teens outside of his practice by offering advice that is real and effective.

One of the messages he hopes to share with teens is that “they really need to learn to be nonconformists and not count what other people think or say or do and go from there.” Here at Volunteen Nation we provide tons of volunteer opportunities so you can make a difference your community. If you are passionate about something, you should pursue it with your whole heart and not conform to what other people think. Like Dr. Weichman said, it doesn’t matter what other people are doing it’s your life and it’s up to you to follow your own dreams.

To learn more about Dr. Weichman visit it him at his website.