Troubled Teen Test: Is it Depression or Something Else?
Some of the issues that troubled teen boys or teen girls who come to Shepherds Hill Academy are typically struggling with include: ODD – Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder, RAD – Reactive Attachment Disorder, DTD – Developmental Trauma Disorder, PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Asperger’s, anger-management, anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorder, behavioral disorders, negative peer pressure and rebellious behavior.
Some Important Warning Signs of Serious Trouble Ahead
- Your teen refuses to abide by anything you say or request. His or her resulting behaviors put your teen or you in danger or high risk – leading to constant fear or stress in the home.
- Your teen is displaying behavior that is a marked change from what has been normal. This changed behavior can include: sleeping little or too long, forgetfulness, lack of motivation, aggression, depression, anxiety, grades slipping, hating what they once loved or loving what they once hated, always wanting to be with friends or away from home, or avoiding friends altogether and spending too much time alone.
- Your teen has become increasingly disrespectful, dishonest, and disobedient and openly displays rebellion. Your teen is no longer veiling his or her feelings or caring about the consequences.
- There is a blatant ignorance or profound rebellion toward the boundaries, belief system or rules of the home. This can be shown in passive aggressiveness or open defiance that is unusually excessive for your teen.
- There are outright or veiled threats of suicide or self-mutilation/cutting, excessive risk-taking, dangerous drug use or blatant sexual promiscuity–seemingly a loss of a conscience or moral compass.
- Treatment by your teen of people, pets, or belongings is threatening or out of control.
- Your teen shows blatant disregard for your feelings, time or possessions. Meanwhile, at the same time your teen is staunchly defending his or her peers.
- Months of counseling is providing little or no positive progress for your teen.
- Your teen refuses to do anything with the family and displays a growing hatred for the family.
- You cannot keep your teen away from peers who are obviously leading a lifestyle counter to your beliefs and your teen is buying into their destructive behavior and attitudes.
SCORE: ________ If your teen exhibits 5 or more of these signs, you may want to contact us.
Observing these warning signs makes it easy to conclude that a teen may need more help than you or the teen’s counselor can provide. Discover an alternative at Shepherds Hill Academy’s Outdoor Residential Therapy Program.