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Is My Teen in Trouble?

Check off all that apply and see. What have you noticed?

Complete the sentence - My teen...

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has recently experienced a sudden change in attitude, appearance, moods, etc. A sudden change can indicate something has happened.

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treats me differently now and I just can't seem to get through to him/her? Its like talking to a wall. He/she is really defensive.

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is hanging out with the "wrong crowd" - I just don't approve of his/her friends.

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is hanging out with older teens or adults.

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skips school, has had a sudden drop in grades, or just doesn't seem to care about school anymore.

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gets into conflicts with teachers and other school officials.

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wants to drop out of school.

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is defiant with me, mouthy and disrespectful.

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doesn't follow the rules.

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has lost interest in former productive activities, hobbies, sports, etc.

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constantly battles with me over small things, like doing chores, doing homework, etc.

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has had problems with the law.

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is moody, sad/isolated and/or angry/defiant.

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gets so angry that I have to chose my words carefully so he/she doesn't fly into a rage.

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smokes cigarettes. Smoking is a common indicator that a teen is in trouble.

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has poor hygiene.

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dresses in dark colors all the time.

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lies and is very manipulative, deceitful.

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steals from me and/or other family members.

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shoplifts or steals from others.

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has been violent, gets into fights with others, is a bully.

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runs away from home, stays out without my permission.

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has hurt others, children, maybe even you?

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is exploring his/her sexual identity or gender identity; cross-dresses.

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is getting picked on by peers, beaten up.

r I suspect my teen is using drugs or alcohol.
r is sexually promiscuous, has gotten an STD or has gotten pregnant.
r has attempted suicide, has had  suicidal ideation or I think may be suicidal.
r scares me.
r self-abuses him/herself. Kids who feel bad do things to hurt themselves in a variety of ways.
r seems out of control.
r has engaged in survival sex, exchanged sex for money or other items, or housing.
r behaves in ways that are bizarre.
r carries weapons for self-protection.
r has low self-esteem and self-worth.
r is very impulsive.
r isn't trustworthy.
r has problems with authority.
r may have joined a gang/is in a gang.
r has hurt animals and/or younger children.
r has expressed a desire or need for help.
r Do you feel powerless with your teen?
r Are you afraid for your teen?
r Are you concerned about your teen's future and well-being?

teen trouble, gay, lesbian teen trouble, how to know teens trouble, teenagers trouble, If you find yourself checking off many of these items, it is time to get you and your child some help! If you checked off more than 5, your teen is at moderate risk. You should tighten up the controls at home, build in more structure. If you totaled more than 8, you need to seek out some help. If you feel your teen is just incorrigible and you are at your wits end, contact me immediately, we may need to come up with a plan to help fast!

Also, if your teen has been a victim of a crime or child abuse, therapy is a good idea.

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