How to Recognize if a Child Needs Help

It is normal for a teenager to wear the trendy clothes that makes them feel attractive and look fashionable.
Teens commonly and occasionally experience problems during these growth and developmental stages.

It is anticipated that they may encounter some conflicts with family members at home, with teachers at school, as well as with peers. Identity conflict is often a major problem faced by teens as they grow.

It is difficult for parents to determine when their children may need help. The following changes could warrant a parent seeking help for their child.

Change in physical appearance

It is normal for a teenager to wear the trendy clothes that makes them feel attractive and look fashionable. However, it may be a call for concern if such a fashion change seems extreme and occurs concurrently with other more negative changes.

Behavioral changes may include personality conflicts and difficulties at school. Causing physical harm to oneself or unprecedented and noticeable increases or decreases in weight should also be a reason for concern.

These are alerts that a parent should take action.

Persistent alcohol and substance use

A lot of teenagers normally experiment with alcohol or drugs at one time in their life. This may be due to peer pressure or out of sheer curiosity. In some cases however, consumption of alcohol and substances becomes persistent. Persistent use of drugs and alcohol may also be followed by a teen becoming problematic at school or at home.

If a teen is showing these behaviors, it may be an indicator of drug abuse and related underlying problems and a parent should seek professional help.

Constant rebellion and argumentation

Most teenagers like to express some degree of independence over their lives. Every now and then, this may include a tendency to rebel against the established rules of conduct.

However, escalated arguments, violent behavior at home, absenteeism from school without permission, getting into physical fighting and/or breaking the law should serve as warning signs for the parent to take an action.

Drastic changes in personality

As teenagers develop, physiological and emotional changes are expected due to growth hormones. It is normal for teenagers to express irritability and lack of emotional control. However, when these changes occur rapidly and are accompanied by poor performance at school, loneliness, anxiousness and lack of sleep, these could be indicators of a more severe problem.

A teen may be experiencing bullying at school or home, experiencing extreme stress and/or suffering from other psychological problems. This calls for a parent to seek immediate help.

Undue peer influence

During these growth years, teenagers often tend to relate more with their friends than parents. Their decisions are greatly influenced by their peers and they may tend to isolate from their parents when making some decisions.

However, a drastic change of friends, failure to act reasonably, an inability to follow and observe basic rules and respect of boundaries, lying to escape punishment for gross misconduct, or a suddenly-acquired introverted behavior should (any or all) serve as an indicator that a teenager is in need of help.


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