An overflow crowd of 550 people recently flocked to hear Madeline Levine speak at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, eager for advice from the author of the book, "The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids." Photo by Veronica Weber/The Almanac.
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It used to be easy to spot the kids who were headed for trouble, says Madeline Levine. The warning signs were so easy to read, everyone in the neighborhood could accurately predict which kid would end up in jail, or worse.
That's not the case anymore, says the Marin County psychologist who writes and lectures about a near-epidemic of kids who are hiding serious depression, drug addiction and eating disorders beneath a veneer of achievement and popularity.