ROBERT M. NEWELL, PH.D.
FORENSIC AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Specializing in Behavioral Healthcare for Children &
Adolescents, Families, Couples, and Adults.
WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT
WHEN TO SEEK HELP FOR YOUR TEENAGER
If you are wondering whether or not your son or daughter needs help, ask yourself the following questions. If your answer is “yes” to any of them, it may indicate that your teenager is experiencing emotional and/or behavioral problems that require professional help. This is especially true if your child’s problems have persisted over an extended period of time.
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Important Questions to Ask About Teenagers:
· Is your child having trouble in school due to poor grades and/or behavior problems?
· Does your child have difficulty coping with daily routines and normal stress?
· Does your child seem depressed much of the time?
· Does your child engage in self-injury behavior such as cutting him/herself, or extreme body piercings?
· Is your child extremely moody and withdrawn?
· Does your child display abrupt changes in personality or wide mood swings?
· Has your child shown significant changes in eating and/or sleep habits?
· Is your child unusually secretive?
· Does your child seem to have difficulty handling criticism, failure, or rejection?
· Is your child obsessed with body image—either his/her weight or appearance?
· Does your child have frequent nightmares?
· Does your child make threats to harm self or others?
· Does your child threaten to run away from home?
· Does your child seem to have strange thoughts and/or display unusual behaviors?
· Does your child use alcohol or drugs?
· Does your child frequently disobey rules (e.g., break curfew)?
· Is your child sexually active?
· Does your child seem to be angry much of the time or display frequent outbursts of temper?
· Does your child verbally abuse you and/or other family members?
· Does your child act, or threaten to act, physically violent toward you and/or other family members?
· Does your child write poetry or make drawings that have themes of death, destruction, or violence?
· Does your child make subtle or overt threats to physically harm teachers or other children at school?
· Have you ever had to call the police because of your child’s behavior?
· Has your child ever been arrested?
· Is your child’s behavior causing you significant emotional distress?
· Have you ever had to miss a significant amount of work in order to deal with your child’s problems?
· Is your child’s behavior negatively impacting your marriage, your family, or other family members?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you should consider seeking some professional advice about your child.
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DR. ROBERT M. NEWELL
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