Adolescents today face many issues and challenges that can lead to feeling overwhelmed and confused. These years can be a time of great vulnerability for a teen which may lead to poor choices and problematic behavior. The adolescent years are riddled with transitional issues – physical and emotional changes along with the desire to establish independence from their parents, which can result in feelings of confusion and discouragement. Teens often don’t have the needed coping skills to deal with this significant distress which may lead to your teen engaging in risky behaviors or becoming depressed and/or anxious.
Sometimes, adolescents may just need someone outside of their family to discuss the stressors they are dealing with and help them relieve the pressure they feel. For others, who are dealing with more severe issues such as depression, anxiety, violent behaviors, sexual acting out, school/home behavioral problems, or substance abuse, will need more significant intervention.
If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves. ~ C.G. Jung, Integration of the Personality, 1939
Kids spell love T-I-M-E. ~ John Crudele
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