Abigail Shrier

Independent Journalist

Why the Kids Aren't Growing Up

Author headshot: Abigail Shrier

Abigail Shrier



In virtually every way that can be measured, Gen Z’s mental health is worse than that of previous generations. Youth suicide rates are climbing, antidepressant prescriptions for children are common, and the proliferation of mental health diagnoses has not helped the staggering number of kids who are lonely, lost, sad and fearful of growing…



Release Date

February 27, 2024

Every parent should read this.

Elon Musk

Fascinating, urgent.

Bari Weiss, Free Press

Essential reading for parents, teachers, and mental health professionals. 

Richard J. McNally, PhD
Professor of Psychology
 Harvard University

Shrier persuasively and forcefully demonstrates how mental health professionals (and some parents) often make things worse for the kids and adolescents they aim to help.

Elizabeth Loftus
Distinguished Professor of Psychological Science
 University of California, Irvine

A powerful critique of a culture in which ‘traumatic’ describes anything from horrific abuse to your new laptop going on the blink.

Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
 Harvard Medical School

Shocking, revelatory, and eminently important… A must read!

Amy Chua
Yale Law Professor
Author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and The Golden Gate

A dazzling combination of investigative reporting and story-telling.

Gerald Posner
Award-winning Investigative Journalist
 Author of Pharma

The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters

Author headshot: Abigail Shrier

Abigail Shrier



Until just a few years ago, gender dysphoria—severe discomfort in one’s biological sex—was vanishingly rare. It was typically found in less than .01 percent of the population, emerged in early childhood, and afflicted males almost exclusively. But today whole groups of female… 


Regnery Publishing

Release Date

June 30, 2020

Publishers Weekly Best Seller

Publishers Weekly

Explosive…punchy, analytical and written with zest and elegance.

Christina Patterson
The Sunday Times

Best Book of the Year

The Times and The Sunday Times

Best Book of the Year

The Economist

Courageous. Vital. Brilliant. Humane.

Mail on Sunday

This fearless book shows how girls’ bodies have become collateral damage in adult culture wars.

Janice Turner
The Times

Well-evidenced and thought-provoking…. This is a powerful glimpse of a crisis in the making.

Sarah Ditum
The Daily Mail

A Journalist at the Top of Her Game.

Christina Patterson
The Sunday Times

Abigail Shrier received the Barbara Olson Award for Excellence and Independence in Journalism.

Her latest book, Bad Therapy: Why The Kids Aren’t Growing Up (2024), is a New York Times bestseller and an International Bestseller. Her bestselling book, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters (2020), was named a “Best Book” by the Economist and the Times. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages.

She holds an A.B. from Columbia College, where she received the Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship; a B.Phil. from the University of Oxford; and a J.D. from Yale Law School.