When Their Memories Became Mine: Moving Beyond My Parents' Past

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Shot in the Head: A sister's Memoir, A Brother's Struggle

Unfaithful Mind

Love's All That Makes Sense

When  Quietness Came

What A Life Can Be

My Schizophrenic Life


The Adolescent Owner's Manual

Dawson Fiction

Contact and More Information


"Dawson's understated sense of humor translates well to text. While there are a plethora of books available on parenting teens, his to-the-pointness recommends this for busy readers." Library Journal

It "delivered what I needed to read in spades" Acting Balanced Website

"It has earned a permanent place in my library". Read the full review at  Blog Critic
It is not “just” another parenting book and I would highly recommend that parents add it to their home libraries S-O-S For Parents

 Your goal as a parent,  Dawson says, should be to get your adolescent child into adulthood, alive, healthy, preferably educated and skilled, without a major drug problem or criminal record or pregnancy. Anything more is icing and a pleasure to behold.

And, this book is your support and encouragement to do the right thing to achieve the above goal.

A highly readable guide for parents of teens from child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. David Laing Dawson. Readable because Dawson is also a best selling mystery writer/novelist, film writer and director. He has the rare ability to make complex and potentially dull reading entertaining as well  instructive.

A former professor of psychiatry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada and the former psychiatrist in chief at the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital, he has been focusing on children, teens and families for over ten years.

His mystery, Slide in All Direction, has been described as a cross between an Elmore Leonard mystery and a Seinfeld episode. Another reviewer called it fiction that's as close to reality as it gets. His feature film of a young man's descent into schizophrenia, Cutting for Stone,was featured at the Montreal International Film Festival and received a Chris Award at the Columbus (Ohio) International Film and Video Festival. His mysteries have been translated into seven languages.

Available at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes and Noble, Chapters/Indigo and Kindle

The Adolescent Owner's Manual, 156 pages, ISBN 978-0-9866522-0-2, $15.95 US, distributed by Ingram Books and QBI


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