Troubled Teens

Posted on August 6, 2012

Do you have an adolescent at home that seems troubled to you?  Is your teen lying, stealing, running away, or experimenting with drugs and alcohol?  Does your teen seem distant and avoid speaking with you?

Most parents begin to notice changes in child behavior as they grow older.  Multiple changes happen as children grow into teenagers.  Not only do physical changes take place, such as puberty, but mental and emotional changes also happen in this transition.  It is common for teenagers to think for themselves more often or demand more independence from parents.  Adolescents begin to test their boundaries and want more space to make decisions based on their thoughts and feelings, not their parents.  This transition is often a trying time for teenagers and parents as they learn new ways of engaging with one another.

Teens are met with the unique challenge of growing into their own unique identity while still being dependent on parents for basic needs.  This often causes conflict between teens and parents.  Some teens meet this challenge with little difficulty.  Troubled teens who struggle with this transition are more likely to exhibit behaviors like stealing, lying, experimenting with drugs and alcohol, and becoming more distant with parents.

If your teenager seems troubled and is experiencing the above symptoms, please seek guidance from a professional counselor.  Often, teens need to feel heard by an adult who is not a parent, and counselors offer a unique way of helping troubled teens through this often difficult transition.

 

Written by: Kristie Watts, LMFTA

Kristie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate at Groff and Associates Counseling.  Her passions are parent child relationships, grief and loss, and identity formation.  If you are interested in seeing a counselor and think that Kristie would be a good fit, please contact her at kristie@groffandassociates.com or 317-474-6448 ext. 108.

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