Dealing with troubled teens is one of the most challenging and heart breaking tasks that a parent can possibly undergo. If you happen to be in this kind of predicament, don’t give up and lose hope. Try your best to be understanding, patient and be a curious observant. You should be alert in trying to feel, study and analyze whatever unusual behavior and attitude that you observe. There are a lot of distressing signs that could help you identify that your teen really needs help.
A troubled teen’s invasive grief and recurrent depression can be manifested by dressing up in black outfits, listening to music with sad themes, or composing poems which express sadness. They may turn down invitations to party and refuse to join the company of friends which they once enjoyed going out with. At this stage in their lives, they feel unimportant and useless to others because they may feel that they are a complete failure and so they start to become aloof and depressed, affecting their self esteem negatively.
They may stay in isolation because they feel no one can understand them and they have no one to hold on to. They hardly communicate even with their family members making it even harder to know what they think and feel. These developments in their attitude and behavior affect their studies and performance in school. Motivation to study their lessons will be scrapped because their concentration will now be focused on their problems and complex feelings and emotions.
Your troubled teen may later on complain about chronic body pains which seem to give them reason to become hardheaded, bad tempered and indifferent to their family members. They may try to take drugs to temporarily forget their situation. Still one option that they may attempt to do is to run away from their family and loved ones.
Finally, self destruction may also be their option in order to get rid of the complexities and intricacies drowning their minds. If your teen demonstrates some of these manifestations, it is imperative that you act and deal with the problem as soon as possible. Your failure to act instantly may cause another more serious problem in the long run.