What is a Troubled Teen?

Lauren Romano

Many teens experience minor teenage angst which is usually thought of as being a part of growing up. Then, due to their actions, there are some that are labeled as being troubled teens. Their attitude and actions are considered above and beyond the typical teenage angst and may even be thought of as detrimental to themselves and those around them.

Troubled teens often have problems communicating with their parents.
Troubled teens often have problems communicating with their parents.

Someone that is considered to be a troubled teen may have no interest at all in school and can be violent, depressed, suicidal, or abusing drugs and alcohol. The teen may be extremely angry or sad most or all of the time. In addition, he or she could also be stealing things from home or stores and rebuffing school activities, school work and being around positive people. While these are just some of the signs that a teen is considered in need of help, it is usually a culmination of several events and problems that eventually cause the individual to be labeled as a troubled teen.

Troubled teens may have no interest at all in school.
Troubled teens may have no interest at all in school.

While a parent may not know where to start when dealing with a troubled teen, the first step to try should be talking to the child one-on-one to find out what the problem is and why he or she is acting out. In many cases, the parent will also ground the child, take away privileges and even scream or yell in an effort to try to force a change in behavior. While these tactics may work for some children, it doesn’t for all. The parents can then consider sending their child to a spiritual advisor, school guidance counselor or even a therapist to discuss the issues further.

Teenage angst is considered more extreme in troubled teens.
Teenage angst is considered more extreme in troubled teens.

If the acting out continues or escalates, parents may consider taking drastic measures. Military school, boarding school and treatment centers are just some of the places that the troubled teen could be sent to where he can get out of his current environment and try to focus on improving his life. Unfortunately, in some cases, troubled teens get caught doing illegal activities and end up in jail or a youth detention center.

If troubled teens participate in illegal activities, they can end up in jail.
If troubled teens participate in illegal activities, they can end up in jail.

Getting help combined with support and being motivated to change can help encourage a troubled teen to turn their life around. There is always the potential to grow and be a positive member of society. If you feel that your child may be showing signs of being a troubled teen, it is better to face the problem head-on immediately and try to get her the help that she needs before it escalates further.

Troubled teens may engage in minor crimes like shoplifting.
Troubled teens may engage in minor crimes like shoplifting.
Attempting to talk to the child one-on-one could help a parent understand why the child is having behavior problems.
Attempting to talk to the child one-on-one could help a parent understand why the child is having behavior problems.

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troubled11

Informative post. Troubled teens need to be treated well with the help of parents and specialized professionals. Since there are various options for troubled teen treatment, it is helpful to review more information on better option.

anon104789

when we have a troubled teen, we should not put all the blame on their friends. we should also look at ourselves, we parents, on where we went wrong before sending them to any youth ranch or boarding school for that matter.

troubledteen

Good informative article on troubled teens with detailed information on the effective steps to deal with troubled teens. As dealing with troubled teens is becoming one of the most considerable issues for parents it is helpful to take a specialist's guidance to provide better troubled teen parenting.

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