The Parent’s Guide to Helping Troubled Teens

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.

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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.

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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.

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