How Do I Know My Teen Is In Trouble?
At Elevations RTC, we are dedicated to helping parents get access to the right information about finding treatment for teens in need. One of the most important aspects of this is trying to inform parents about potential signs that their teen is struggling. For many parents, it can be difficult to determine what exactly a teen is struggling with and when it is time to get help. If you believe that your teen may be developing a problem, it is important that you watch for the signs discussed below. These will give you a good idea of the severity of the problem and the potential actions you might need to consider. If you decide you do need help, we encourage you to reach out to us today for help. The program we provide could completely change your teen's life and help them overcome the issues that have been holding them back. You can reach us immediately at 1-855-290-9681.
1 - They start spending time with a negative peer group - Peer pressure is a huge influence on teenagers and it is common for them to make choices about things like drug and alcohol use based on what their friends are doing. Because of this, parents should be aware of who their teen is spending time with and what they are doing. This is particularly true when a teen starts spending time with peers who are involved in negative activities.
2 - Alcohol use - It is common for teens who have started spending time with a peers who are a bad influence to being experimenting with alcohol. Not only is this illegal, it is also very detrimental to a teen's health. Because teens are still developing both physically and mentally, alcohol can have an incredibly negative impact. Furthermore, when a person begins using alcohol at a young age it greatly increases their risks of developing a serious addiction later in life. In addition, this type of behavior often leads to drops in academic performance which can prevent a teen from having access to future opportunities.
3 - Pulling away from family and friends - People who are struggling often feel the need to disguise this fact from family and friends. This means pulling away from those closest to them and seeking to self-isolate. Unfortunately, this lack of support often just makes the original problem more serious. This makes it essential for parents who see they child withdrawing in this way to find methods of providing support and guidance.
4 - Getting into fights - Teens dealing with serious issues will often begin to lash out at those around them. In many circumstances, this means increased conflict with peers and even fights. If your child is getting into fights at school, it is important to realize that this is not just normal teen behavior. Most of the time, there will be an underlying factor driving this aggressive and anti-social behavior. It is important that this be addressed before they engage in even more serious violent actions.
5 - Drug use - In addition to alcohol use, it is important for parents to watch out for signs that a teen is using drugs. Some of the important signs to watch for include secretive behavior, not wanting you to look in their room, not being open about where they are going and with whom, and lack of energy. If you notice any of these, it is important to have a frank conversation about the dangers of drug use.
6 - Symptoms of depression - Depression is one of the most common mental health issues that teenagers struggle with. In some cases, this issue can resolve itself but often professional help is necessary. If you notice your teen withdrawing from normal activities, becoming more isolated, showing a general lack of interest in life, sleeping an unusual amount, or having a serious lack of energy, it is important to at least consider the possibility that they are struggling with depression. Try to have a conversation with them about their feelings and get them the help they need if they are struggling with depression.
7 - Sudden drop in grades - This is often a clear indicator of a more serious underlying problem. When a teen who had been doing fine in school suddenly begins to struggle, it can often be attributed to the distraction caused by other issues. Keeping an eye on your teen's grades is a great way to gauge how they are doing overall.
8 - Frequent angry outbursts - When a teen is dealing with a mental health problem, it is common for them to have difficulty controlling their emotions. You may notice them swinging between emotional extremes or simply displaying an unusual amount of anger. Either way, it is important that you seek to address the reasons behind this emotional instability.
9 - Trouble dealing with learning disorders - Learning disorders can very wildly in symptoms and severity, making it important for parents to recognize when a teen might need help from a professional program. It is important to address these issues in a timely manner, as they can have a great deal of impact on a teen's academic future.
10 - General rebellious behavior- Teens who are struggling with often resist their parent's attempts to discipline them or simply guide them back to the right path. In more extreme cases, it can be incredibly difficult for parents to make an progress with a teen who is unwilling to follow rules. In these cases, a treatment program can be the only option.
Get The Right Help For Your Troubled Teen
If you've noticed one or more of the above signs, it is essential that you consider getting help for your son or daughter. Without treatment, these initial symptoms can develop into far more serious and detrimental behaviors. Don't let this happen to your child when help is easily available. Working with Elevations RTC will give your teen the tools and treatments they need to get back on track and deal with their problems. For help or additional information, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible at 1-855-290-9681.