Teenage Behavior

Forty percent of U.S. parents with children younger than 18 worry their kids might struggle with anxiety or depression at some point. It’s a genuine concern because the teenage years can be tough.

Teens face pressures from school, friends, and even figuring out who they are. It’s normal for them to have good times and bad times.

But sometimes, their behavior can show signs that something more serious is going on.

It’s important to recognize these red flags in teenage behavior so you can know when to step in and help. Here are some of the most common warning signs.

Withdrawal From Family and Friends

One of the most common warning signs of a depressed teen is that they keep to themselves. They may stop spending time with people they used to enjoy being around, including their parents and siblings.

They might also avoid social activities like parties or going out with friends. If your teen is isolating themselves more than usual, it’s time to talk about what’s going on.

Declining Academic Performance

If your teen is suddenly struggling in school, it could be a red flag. They may struggle with low self-esteem, problems at home, or other issues that are causing them to lose focus.

Talk to your teen, their teachers, and perhaps a school counselor. The goal is to understand the root cause without laying blame.

Substance Abuse

For a teenager, taking drugs can be a way to escape from their problems. They may use drugs to cope with stress, anxiety, or depression. But using drugs can quickly turn into abusing drugs.

Monitor your teen for signs of cocaine addiction, or any other addiction. If you suspect your teen is using drugs, talk to them about it. It’s important to get them the help they need before it becomes a lifelong problem.

Changes in Social Circle

It’s normal for a moody teenager to have fights with their friends. But if your teen is suddenly hanging out with a new and dangerous crowd, it may be a warning sign.

They may start staying out late, skipping school, or getting into trouble with the law. If you don’t know who your teen is hanging out with, it’s important to find out.

Do this by talking to their friends’ parents or asking them directly. If you suspect your teen has fallen into a dangerous crowd, do everything you can to get them back on track.

Talk of Suicide or Death

Teen suicide is a serious problem. If your teen talks about wanting to die or kill themselves, it’s important to take them seriously.

Call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline right away. They can help you figure out what to do next. If your teen has made a suicide attempt, call 911 or take them to the emergency room immediately.

These Are Some of the Red Flags in Teenage Behavior

Knowing these red flags in teenage behavior can help you identify when your teen is in trouble. If you see any of these signs, don’t wait until things get worse. Take action right away.

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