Troubled Teen Help

A troubled teenager shouldn't be left alone. If you don't try to help your troubled teen, you will end up hurting him or her instead. Granted, no parent would ever willingly hurt his or her child. The dangerous thing about troubled teens is that you don't know that you are hurting them when you ignore their problems.

Help Your Troubled Teenager

Not paying attention to your troubled youth is a silent killer that only your teenage child hears. You might think that it is a better idea to leave your child alone, but that is just wrong. You need to take as much action as you can to help your child out of the dark world in which he or she lives.

Your teenager might act like he or she doesn't care about you and your opinions, but that is not the truth. Teenage children are especially proud and have a hard time asking for help. Instead, they ask for it indirectly by misbehaving or abusing drugs and/or alcohol.

Don't take such behavior as an insult. Take it as a cry for help and then help your child. You might consider therapy or counseling for your troubled teenager. You might even consider a little more love and affection. Don't be surprised when you start to see positive results. In most cases, a little help goes a long way.

Troubled Teen

How did your teenager ever become a troubled teen? Parents are bewildered to find that providing clothes, music, 100 dollar gym shoes, and expensive computers are somehow not sufficient to prevent their adolescent from falling into the troubled teen category.

What are the questions that a parent of a troubled teen needs to ask and who do they turn to for the answers? The first step a parent will want to take in evaluating their trouble teen is to sit down a write a list.

Write Your Teen's Short Story

Better yet, write a 'short story' featuring your troubled teen. You want to describe their behavior, when it began changing and what was the nature of the change. You will want to describe how your troubled teen has performed in school and socially over the years and how that has changed.

You will want to list who your troubled teen is friends with accompanied by any suspicions that you may have about these friends. You will want to note the names of the groups and artists your troubled teen listens to on their Ipod, what video games they are playing, where do they spend their time on the Internet? Has their style of clothing changed? Have they been bugging you for a tattoo or piercing or gotten either without permission?

There are two reasons for this exercise. First, the very act of sitting down and writing about your troubled teen will bring you insights that you hadn't had before. It will help you connect the dots, such as certain behavioral changes that began when a particular new friend arrived on the scene.

Choosing Your Teen's Therapist

Secondly, this "biography" will serve to introduce your troubled teen to the therapist that you ultimately choose. Often times when you are in a new situation - and meeting the therapist or psychologist that you just hired for your troubled teen is definitely a stressful situation - you'll be likely to omit important facts or forget the instincts and intuition that you bring to the analysis.

It is likely that you have already conducted some preliminary research into the type of therapists who specialize in working with a troubled teen. As you narrow down your choices, you will want to list their recommendations on boarding school options for your troubled teen. You will then take their recommendations on various military schools, wilderness therapies, boot camps and troubled teen boarding schools and begin researching those individually.