If you’re worried your teenager might be in trouble, consider these warning signs:
1. Isolation from friends and family. If your teenager suddenly chooses to be isolated from friends and family, then you may want to ask questions. An outgoing teen who suddenly becomes reclusive and avoids others may be struggling.
2. Extreme mood swings. It’s normal for teenagers to have mood swings because of changing hormones. However, extreme mood swings that include aggression and violence are warning signs. The teenager may be overwhelmed/stressed, struggling with peer pressure, experimenting with drug, or other concerns. Hormone changes can cause your teen to shift moods quickly. However, these mood swings shouldn’t be scary or overwhelming.
3. Taking unusual risks. Teenagers want to push boundaries and explore their world. However, if your teen starts taking unusual risks that aren’t part of his or her typical behavior, be on the alert.
4. Falling grades. If your straight-A student suddenly starts to get failing grades, it’s important to find out why.
5. Strange new friends. Did your teenager stop being friends with their old pals and join a new group? Are you concerned about the new friends and their influence on the teen?
6. Destructive behavior. Destructive behavior can range from physically demolishing furniture at home to other issues such as hurting themselves.
Life coaching can help teens work through these difficulties.