What are the Signs of a Troubled Teenager?

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“We have witnessed a teenage mental health crisis in America—skyrocketing suicide rates, hospitalizations for self-harm, and depression among children and teens. This decade alone, suicide and hospital admissions for self-harm have doubled among younger teen girls.”

–From the introduction to the Kids Online Safety Act of 2022 — Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) & Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Worried about your son or daughter, but unsure how bad their issues really are?

Mentally put a checkmark next to the sentences below that describe your teenager today, then add up the number of checkmarks to score the results.

What are the Signs of a Troubled Teenager?

  • EXPLOSIVE BEHAVIOR: Your teen refuses to abide by anything you say or request, and his or her resulting behaviors or explosive nature put you, him/her, or your family in serious danger or risk, leading to constant fear or stress in the home. It is as if you are walking on pins and needles when your teen is home.
  • MARKEDLY CHANGED BEHAVIOR: Your teen is displaying behavior that is a marked change from what has been normal for the child in the past, such as: sleeping too little or too long, forgetfulness (actual or convenient), excessive lack of motivation, growing aggression, sadness or anxiety, and severe mood swings, falling grades, missed school, blaming others, hating what they once loved or loving what they once hated, or spending most of their time alone.
  • UNCARING: Your teen openly displays rebellion or outright hatred toward you and/or the family, no longer veiling their feelings nor caring about the future or the consequences of their actions or behaviors.
  • DEFIANT: There is a blatant ignorance or profound disrespect toward the boundaries and the belief system of your family, and your home rules. Your teen can show this in passive aggressiveness or in open defiance that is growing more excessive with each day (it is not just a once in awhile outburst).
  • SELF-DESTRUCTIVE: There are outright or veiled threats of suicide or running away, or the teen is self-mutilation or cutting, taking excessive risks, or using dangerous or illegal drugs or substances. The child has seemingly lost their conscience, forsaken all care for others, and no longer has a moral compass.
  • DISRESPECTFUL: Treatment by your teen of people, pets, or your belongings is disrespectful, threatening, or out of control. Valued items or money in the home are damaged or missing without explanation.
  • ENTITLED: Your teen thinks he or she should be served and given more and more things and goes into temper tantrums when this doesn’t happen. He/she demands all of the attention of you and other family members, showing blatant disregard for others’ schedules, feelings, or possessions.  In essence, the child has become extremely selfish and uncaring about others (anyone outside of their peer group).
  • OTHER TACTICS HAVE FAILED: Months of counseling, therapy, or medication have made little or no improvement in your teen’s behavior.
  • HATRED FOR FAMILY: Your teen refuses to do anything family-related and displays a growing hatred and disgust for the family and anything you do or say. He/she refuses to attend family outings or special events, or when attending, causes a ruckus.
  • BAD INFLUENCERS: You cannot keep your teen away from new friends who are themselves getting into trouble and obviously leading a lifestyle counter to your beliefs. Your teen mimics their clothing and appearance, the way they talk, and their destructive or illegal behaviors and attitudes.

If your teen exhibits 5 or more of these signs, a therapeutic boarding school should likely be considered that can expertly deal with their issues while also preparing them for adulthood. Once your teen is 18, he or she will be out of your control, so get help for them while you can.

What are the Signs of a Troubled Teenager?

PLEASE NOTE: Should your teen exhibit signs of suicide, fire starting (arson), deep depression, addiction, cutting, eating disorders, or other dangerous or self-destructive behavior, DO NOT WAIT to get help from a hospital, psychiatrist, or another expert. Waiting could put their life at risk.

Contrast the above list with what should be considered normal teenage behavior and attitudes:
  • The teen cooperates with and cares for others
  • He/She thinks realistically about their need for family and other people
  • They are willing to do what it takes to accomplish positive life goals and prepare for the future
  • They base their actions and behavior on convictions and beliefs rather than feelings and what their peers think
  • They take care of their own personal needs without imposing on others or expecting others to serve them
  • They treat people, pets, and things with respect
  • They have feelings of purpose and an excitement for their future
  • They maintain relationships with family and positive friends, even in difficult times
  • They define who they are without giving in to their peers or the culture.

Social media activists and some celebrities are pushing their followers to add negative, fake Google Reviews for all therapeutic boarding schools without ever having been on the campus, nor experiencing the program. Some of these fake reviewers even say they are past students or students’ parents. Their goal is to shut down all such therapeutic programs nationwide. Please keep this in mind as you read Google Reviews, since many are false. Feel free to call us for more information about any program.

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Finding The Best Residential Treatment Centers For Troubled Teens

We are the best source of information for parents looking for treatment centers for their struggling teens. We understand how hard it is to decide to send teens away from home and how confusing it is to select the right facility. We, therefore, endeavor to help parents make the best decision by:

  • PUTTING PARENTS IN TOUCH WITH PARENTS OF PREVIOUS RESIDENTS OF THE PROGRAM, so they can get advice from people who understand the program what they are going through.
  • EXPLAINING THE RULES AND REGULATIONS that govern the teen help industry so parents are better positioned to decide where to send their teens.
  • EXPLAINING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN VARIOUS TREATMENT CENTERS and their programs so parents can choose one that meets their teen’s needs.
  • Helping parents UNDERSTAND THE COSTS THEY MIGHT INCUR and assist them in navigating insurance options to fund their teen’s treatment.
  • PROVIDING EXTENSIVE RESOURCES so that parents can learn more about the issues their teens are struggling with to become more empathetic and helpful.

Call Us Toll-Free for FREE HELP at (888) 940-6278

All our services are free, and we can offer unbiased information since we are not affiliated with any treatment center. Parents who are desperately looking for residential treatment centers for troubled youth will ultimately be pleased with the quantity and quality of programs available and will gain peace of mind knowing that such a program is just what their teen needs to transition successfully from adolescence to adulthood. Please let us provide you with assistance in locating the best help for your teen, and let us share our amazing resources with you.
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