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Adolescent Issues

What are Some Common Adolescent Issues?

Adolescence can be a difficult time with pressures to do well in school, fit in with peers, get along with family members and make some big decisions about the future.  This is a time when teenagers are moving away from dependence on parents and moving towards independence.  Some manage puberty, transitions and negotiating limits/rules with parents with very little problems.  While it is normal for a teenager to experiment with his or her values and ideas, inappropriate or destructive behaviors can be a sign that there is a bigger problem.

What Symptoms Might Suggest That An Adolescent is Struggling?

  • Agitated, restless or reckless behavior
  • Drop in grades
  • Frequent arguments with parents
  • Defiance regarding rules/limits
  • Change in peer group
  • Not caring about people or things
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Low self-esteem
  • Use of alcohol or drugs

How Are Adolescent Issues Treated?

When symptoms are interfering with your teenager’s functioning at home or school, it can be helpful to seek services from a professional trained in addressing issues that are specific to this developmental stage.  A mental health therapist or psychologist can address problem-solving strategies, coping skills, decision-making skills and teach conflict-resolution to both the adolescent and parent(s).  Having someone to talk to that is not emotionally involved in the family can be a big relief to the teenager.

For more information or to request an evaluation and treatment, please contact Children’s Behavioral Health at (402) 955-3900. 

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