The Parent’s Guide to Helping Troubled Teens

What kind of problems is your teen facing, such as violence, depression, drug abuse, or abuse of alcohol? Here’s how to help your teen transition smoothly into adulthood and have a happy, successful life.

Are Teens Acting Like This for a Reason?

Teenagers are never easy to raise. The thought of your child being some where with someone and doing something can leave you tired at night. Failed attempts at communication, endless fights, and open defiance are frustrating, moodiness, intense emotions, and reckless behavior.

No, your teenager is not an alien from a distant planet. However, their wiring is different. Due to its active development, a teenager’s brain processes information differently than that of an adult. Teenagers’ frontal cortexes, which is responsible for managing emotions, reasoning, and controlling inhibitions, will undergo extensive reorganization during this time. New synapses are formed unprecedentedly throughout the brain, which is not fully matured until the late 20s.

Your teen may be mature in some respects, but they often aren’t capable of thinking things through as adults. During adolescence, hormones are produced during the body’s physical changes. Biologically, teens’ poor behavior is not excused or exempt from responsibility. Still, they may explain why they have impulsive behavior or frustrate teachers and parents with poor decisions and social anxiety. Keeping in touch with your adolescent and tackling problems together can be helpful when you understand adolescent development.

Even though teenagers are individuals with unique personalities, preferences, and dislikes, certain traits are universal. The more emotionally distant your teen becomes, or the more independent they seem, or the more troubled they become, the more they need your attention and need to feel loved by you.