When Should I Seek Help for My Teen?

When a child exhibits behavior that seems to go beyond the normal definition of “childhood stress” then it may be necessary for help.
One of the normal parts of growing up is age-appropriate stress during childhood and teen years.

The ordinary challenges of living come with some amount of stress. So, as a parent, when you see your child undergoing some angst about their new grade in school, moving from middle to high school, separation from a long-time friend, what to wear to the next dance – these are all typical stress triggers for children and teens. Learning how to deal with these life issues is a part of growing up and maturing.

However, should your child be facing a more extreme amount of stress related to a life experience beyond the norm, close attention to their behavior may be desirable.  Although normal abandonment issues can bring a sense of anxiety; they are a part of learning to explore one’s world beyond the normal support group of mom, dad, home and close friends. The death of a parent and/or the loss of a parent due to divorce and separation may affect one child more deeply than another one in the home.  Close attention to their coping mechanisms can determine whether extra attention from the remaining parent or professional help may be in order.

At some point, every child eventually confronts and copes with the fears and anxieties related to: loss of love; approval; fear of being forgotten; failure and criticism from not meeting their own or others’ expectations; injury, death or other real or imagined dangers; monsters; medical procedures; car accidents – the list can go on and on.  Those children who experience sensitive, reliable care and attention that is responsive to their personality make-up and individual needs most often overcome their childhood fears and grow to learn that they are safe. A child’s unique coping abilities and personality temperament can directly impact how they deal with stress.  Also, research shows that stress can be more challenging for boys than girls. Even those with sons; all children typically will learn to cope appropriately with the stress in their worlds.

However, when a child exhibits behavior that seems to go beyond the normal definition of “childhood stress” then it may be necessary for help. Withdrawal from friends and family; outward exhibitions of anger and physical violence; eating disorders; self-medication, including drugs or alcohol; physical self-abuse, including cutting – any of these could indicate an underlying personality disorder necessitating a need for professional care and treatment.

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