Warning signs for Adolescent addiction
Whether it is psychiatric or substance abuse issues or both, the earlier you get help for your teen, the better their immediate and long-term future is likely to be.
GenPsych December 2017
Addiction is an enigma; most people can convince themselves they don’t suffer from it. When it comes to our children, addiction is even more difficult to come to terms with. Most parents wonder how this could have happened to their child. It is vital you find the right adolescent addiction treatment center, your child’s life may depend on it. The addiction treatment center must understand how important their program is in your child’s life and future well being. The center you choose must prove this throughout your interaction.
It can be hard to tell if the troubling behavior in a teen is just part of growing up or a problem which should be discussed with a health professional. If you have noticed signs or symptoms which have lasted for weeks or months and interfere with your teen’s daily life at home, school or friends, you should contact a health professional.
Below are some warning signs to look out for.
Your teen may need professional help if he or she:
Is often anxious or worried
Has frequent tantrums or is unusually irritable much of the time
Has frequent stomachaches or headaches with no physical explanation
Is in contact motion, can’t sit quietly for any length of time
Avoids spending time with friends
Loses interest in things they used to enjoy
Declining grades at school
Always worried about their weight, obsessive exercise or weight loss concerns
Very low or no energy
Harms themselves, such as cutting or burning
Engages in risky or destructive behavior
Smoking, drinking or drug use
Thoughts of suicide
Thinks their mind is out of control or hears voices
Trouble sleeping or frequent nightmares
Early intervention makes it more likely that your teen can recover socially, academically and emotionally. Ignoring bad behavior can make the situation worse and can hurt your teen’s emotional well-being, social development, and academic performance. It can also affect the well-being of your whole family, the long-term relationship with your teen and your other children.
If you think your child or adolescent may require professional help, contact GenPsych to speak with one of our health professionals.
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