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Adolescents

Ages 13–19

Young people referred in this category are much more adult-like in their appearance. They tend to gravitate towards peers more and want to exercise their freedom more.

  • They may be much more challenging to parents and of the opinion that they know the world better than adults. They may isolate themselves from family more often.
  • They may become particularly susceptible to peer influences, and may become involved in sexual and drug experimentation.
  • They tend to feel invincible and therefore may underestimate the dangers associated with certain activities that place them at risk.
  • They are most often referred by all of the previously mentioned sources, but may also be referred by juvenile justice, hospitals or drug and residential treatment facilities.

Some things to watch for…

Adolescence can be a difficult time for parents and teenagers. During the adolescent years, teenagers are experiencing many emotional, physical and intellectual changes. Teenagers may also encounter social and peer pressures during this phase of their life. For some teenagers, these challenges can become overwhelming and lead to concerns.

The following is a list of potential warning signs that parents should be aware of:

1). Lack of interest or motivation in favorite activities.

2). A decline in academic performance.

3). Feelings of low self esteem, extreme sadness, worthlessness or helplessness

4). Weight loss or gain.

5). Changes in appetite.

6). Anger or mood changes.

7). Aggression (verbal or physical).

8). Changes in behavior at home or school.

9). Sleep disturbances.

10).Drug or alcohol abuse.