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What Should You Do If Your Teenager Is Acting Out?

Sunday, January 5, 2020


You’ve heard of the terrible twos, but what about the terrible teens. It’s certainly true to say that your child’s teenage years can be quite a struggle. Particularly, if you’re not prepared for the issues that they bring. You might, for instance, notice that your child is acting differently. If that’s the case, then it’s important to ask why and figure out what’s changed. Do you need to be worried? In some cases, a change in character can be a cause for concern but in others, it’s completely natural.

Is It Bullying?

It is possible that there’s an issue with bullying. Bullying is unfortunately incredibly common with one report suggesting that 75% of people feel like they have been bullied by the time they reach eighteen. You will often hear that bullying makes you stronger or that it teaches you to deal with problems that you’ll face later in life. While this can be true to an extent, it’s not always the case. The truth is that there are often situations where bullying can get to a point it does cause severe issues. It can lead to depression and many children even feel suicidal. Particularly, if they are being bullied and feel like they have no one to turn to for support. You can ensure that this is not the case by having an open dialogue with your child. Make sure that you know that you will always be there for them.

Is It Self Harm?

Like bullying, self-harm is another common issue. The general understanding of self-harm is that there will be marks on the arms and particularly the wrists. This is not the case. In reality, a child will harm themselves anywhere on the body. Some will pick places that they know you won’t be able to see because they aren’t looking for attention. They are in serious emotional pain. It’s also worth understanding that self-harm can be like any other type of addiction. It becomes a crutch that people completely depend on to the point where they feel as if they can’t live without it. At this stage, you will need to make sure that they do gain professional support. The first 100 days without self-harming are always the most difficult.

Are They Using?

It is possible that changes in behaviour are a sign that your child is using and they could be experimenting with drugs. It’s quite common for children to do this but you need to be wary. It can lead to full-blown addiction. Often a marijuana rehab center will be the best option if this does happen and help get them back on the right path.

Is It Normal?

If you are noticing mood swings and other erratic forms of behaviour, it is possible that this is completely normal. Don’t forget that through the teenage years kids are filled with swirling hormones. It’s enough to completely cloud their brain and make them seem as though they are out of control. The good news is that if this is the case, it will only take them a few years to settle down.


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