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Extraordinary Resilience

Psychiatrist Stuart Hauser answers questions about his new book, Out of the Woods, which chronicles four emotionally disturbed teenagers

They're in their early forties.

Have you gotten any news from them? Are they still doing well?

Yeah. For one of the kids, Rachel, everything's worked out as she expected it to. Her kid's in college and she's in a profession helping people with the very kinds of issues she had, so it's wonderful. She constructed all that at age 16. I'm being a bit vague because of confidentiality, but she's in exactly the profession she said she wanted to be in, so that's really remarkable, to see that happen. I recently called a bunch to ask if they would be willing for us to do new studies, and to my surprise they were all quite enthusiastic and positive about it.

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Amy Crawford is a Boston-based freelance journalist writing about government, education and ideas. Her writing has appeared in Smithsonian, Slate, Boston Magazine and the Boston Globe.

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