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Teen behaviors can be confusing and frustrating for adults. But a lot of those behaviors are happening for a reason. Many teen behaviors are signs of growth toward adulthood.
Problem behavior is often an extreme form of common or typical behaviors. Something might be a problem behavior when it:
Teenagers are going through intense physical, emotional, and mental changes. Here are some of the types of growth that happen in teens, with examples of behaviors you might see.
Remember, even if a behavior is common in teens, it doesn't mean that you should allow or encourage it. Remind your teen of your rules. And talk with your teen about choices that have long-term consequences.
Talk with your teen about the risks of using drugs or alcohol. Drug and alcohol use can cause physical harm. And even experimental use is illegal for teens. Getting caught could have big legal consequences.
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If your teen talks about suicide, self-harm, a mental health crisis, a substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress, get help right away. You can:
Consider saving these numbers in your phone.
Try to handle the common behaviors as best you can. Remind yourself that this phase won't last forever. Teens eventually become adults.
If you see problem behaviors, take them seriously and address them quickly. Get help from a doctor, counselor, or other professional if needed.
Current as of:
September 21, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Andrew Littlefield PhD - Psychology, Behavioral HealthLesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: September 21, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Andrew Littlefield PhD - Psychology, Behavioral Health & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
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