What are Some Common Adolescent Issues?
Adolescence can be a difficult time with pressures to do well in school, fit in with peers, get along with family members and make some big decisions about the future. This is a time when teenagers are moving away from dependence on parents and moving towards independence. Some manage puberty, transitions and negotiating limits/rules with parents with very little problems. While it is normal for a teenager to experiment with his or her values and ideas, inappropriate or destructive behaviors can be a sign that there is a bigger problem.
What Symptoms Might Suggest That An Adolescent is Struggling?
- Agitated, restless or reckless behavior
- Drop in grades
- Frequent arguments with parents
- Defiance regarding rules/limits
- Change in peer group
- Not caring about people or things
- Difficulty making decisions
- Low self-esteem
- Use of alcohol or drugs
How Are Adolescent Issues Treated?
When symptoms are interfering with your teenager’s functioning at home or school, it can be helpful to seek services from a professional trained in addressing issues that are specific to this developmental stage. A mental health therapist or psychologist can address problem-solving strategies, coping skills, decision-making skills and teach conflict-resolution to both the adolescent and parent(s). Having someone to talk to that is not emotionally involved in the family can be a big relief to the teenager.
For more information or to request an evaluation and treatment, please contact Children’s Behavioral Health at (402) 955-3900.