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.

When It Becomes Troubled Teen Behavior Instead of Typical Behavior

Teens will begin to show independence and find their own identity but will experience changes in behavior that may be unpredictable and bizarre. That obedient, sweet child who once spent every moment with you now no longer wants to be around you and constantly gives you attitude. Even though this is difficult, it is typical for teens.
However, troubled teens will show learning, emotional, and behavioral problems. They have at-risk behaviors, or they may show symptoms of mental health issues. Even though the negative behavior can be repeated and is a sign of trouble, you must understand that some behaviors are normal during development.

Connecting With Your Troubled Teen

Based on the indifference and anger towards you, it may be hard to realize, but your teen still craves acceptance, approval, and love. Positive face-to-face connections are the most efficient and quickest way to reduce stress. That means you have more influence over your teen than you thought.

Recognizing the Signs of Teen Depression

Many troubling behaviors can show depression. Those include things like:
• Problems at school
• Running away
• Alcohol and drug abuse
• Low self-esteem
• Smartphone addiction
• Reckless behavior
• violence

Add Balance to the Life of a Troubled Teen

It does not matter what caused the problems with your teen. You can help provide balance in their life by encouraging and helping them to create healthy changes.

Take Time for Self-Care

When it comes to dealing with a troubled teen, there can be some stress. That stress can cause health issues for yourself, so you must take time for self-care. Your physical and emotional needs need to be looked after so that you can manage stress.

Keep in Mind that It Will Not Last Forever

You must remind your teen that it does not matter how much turmoil and pain they are dealing with right now. The situation can get better with your love and support, along with professional help. Your teen will be able to overcome problems and mature into a well-balanced, happy adult.