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How can you tell when a teen needs professional help compared to a simple helping hand?

Teens like acting out and talking. Sometimes they are quiet and stay away from conversaion. But when they act out, start failing school, show signs of emotional distress, how do you know when they need professional help and guidence?

I mean, Not turning in homework and not doing work is commonplace in high school and can be overlooked by an understanding parent. then there is teen life these days which is different from 'back in the day.' but sometimes all they need is a simple hand and nudge.

How can you tell when they need more?


Asked by MakG at 12:40 PM on Nov. 8, 2010 in Teens (13-17)

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Answers (3)
  • when violence becomes an issue. i have a friend who's son has become very violent and lashes out at every1.... turns out he has been cutting himself and contemplating suicide. that is something that needs professional help. no matter what a simple helping hand may do, more help is needed.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:45 PM on Nov. 8, 2010

  • When a simple helping hand doesn't help.

    Answer by jessicarae787 at 12:42 PM on Nov. 8, 2010

  • I think if they are failing out of classes or self destructing with friends or drinking or completely withdrawing then we need to step in - early signs ( from personal experience ) would be hiding and complete cut off from parent-child relationship - crying all the time - sleeping more than being awake- school noticing a change as well - all kids go through their personal "changes" but.. it shouldn't be SO bad..

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 12:45 PM on Nov. 8, 2010